Long Beach Unified School District high school students held an opening reception for their exhibition at the Long Beach Art Museum last Saturday. The exhibition, called "Cabinets of Curiosity," features artwork from six high schools in the district (Cabrillo, Jordan, McBride, Millikan, Poly and Wilson).
The museum provided certificates to participating students for their portfolios, and invited some students to work with the museum staff on selected afternoons.
Wilson Classical High School student Quincy Irving, who created an untitled self portrait, described his project:
“Cabinets are used to store different objects and ‘Cabinets of Curiosity’ is used to show different objects that stood out to me. In my piece you can see that there are a lot of toys because when I was growing up my siblings and I always played with toys,” Irving said. “The piece also has keys, spoons and other miscellaneous objects that reminded me of my childhood. The main concept of my piece is that the portrait of myself over the top of the objects represents how I am evolving while the objects beneath my portrait represent the essential pieces that shaped who I am. It is meant to be a visual representation of how the little things from your past are the foundation of who you will become.”
The exhibition will continue for three months in the Toyota Gallery.