The exhibition surveys the graphic work of poet, painter and activist Peter Carr (1925-1981), whose portrayal of the natural and political eco-systems of the late ‘60s and ‘70s, combined with his unique fusing of politics and personal testimony, promoted protest activities of his era. The opening celebration will feature a reading of Carr's contributions, which are in the new anthology, Orange County: A Literary Field Guide (Heyday), along with the writings of Joan Didion, E.L. Doctorow, M.F.K. Fisher, Philip K. Dick and Steve Martin.
The book, co-edited by Andrew Tonkovich and Lisa Alvare, is “the first-ever literary anthology celebrating Orange County, a more than hundred-year survey of work from the region,” according to Tonkovich, a student of Carr’s at Cal State University, Long Beach, and who now teaches at UC Irvine. He adds, “Peter Carr’s creative writing parallels his artistic expression in watercolors and pen-and-ink drawings, political posters and acrylic landscapes.”
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