09/18/2021 - 12/04/2021
Torrance Art Museum

SUR:biennial at TAM

Address: Torrance Art Museum - 3320 Civic Center Drive Torrance, CA 9050

The 6th SUR:biennial at the Torrance Art Museum assembles a lineup of artists whose works intersect the spaces between contemplative contemporary perspectives and representing and investigating pluralistic cultural heritages hailing from Mexico, Central America, and South America while living in Southern California, Oregon, and New York. These artists fuse artistic traditions from these cultures with current artistic perspectives to establish and celebrate, while also critiquing, notions of specific Latinx, Latin American, Xicana/o (Chicana/o) cultural identities and redefining identities within these designations.

Is it possible to analyze one’s own identity? Is it possible to stand to one side and do the same for one’s encompassing culture’s? These are questions essential to the SUR project. No answers are necessarily found here but the need to clarify the right questions to ask is fundamental.

The exhibition is co-curated by Ismael de Anda III and Max Presneill. Featured artists: Eddie Rodolfo Aparicio, Marisa Caichiolo, Pete Hoffecker Mejia, Frankie Orozco, The Perez Bros., Carolina Sardi, and Jimena Sarno.

TAM Gallery Two hosts Social Fabric, an exhibition of socially engaged fiber art which investigates the framework and constructs of contemporary society through the softened lens of fabric, plush and yarn. Taking an often tongue-in-cheek approach, the works exhibited challenge the ideas of “women’s work” and the new norms of our social media society. Curated by Sue-Na Gay. Featured artists: Natalie Baxter, Mimi O. Chun, Kayla Mattes, Threadwinners (Alyssa Arney & Liz Flynn), Nathan Vincent, and Megan Whitmarsh.

TAM Dark Room hosts VideoWords, video art that uses 15 pairs of words as thematic prompts for their creation. Thirty international artists were called upon by curator Magmart to interpret those words – what they represent – in order to weave a rousing dialogue with the public.

  • Fall Exhibitions on view Saturday, September 18 – Saturday, December 4, 2021.
  • Opening Reception on Saturday, September 18 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

As always TAM is free and accessible to the public. Masks are mandatory. No reservations required. All programs, schedules, and locations are subject to change. For the latest information and other museum programming, please visit

Museum Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission to the Torrance Art Museum is Free.