Mario Petrirena at Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta

ario Petrirena, how could they, 1985, ceramic, 13 x 19 x 8 inches, MOCA GA Permanent Collection, Gift of CGR Advisors as part of the founding collection.

ario Petrirena, how could they, 1985, ceramic, 13 x 19 x 8 inches, MOCA GA Permanent Collection, Gift of CGR Advisors as part of the founding collection.

A top Atlanta art exhibit opened last week at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.  This Atlanta art museum is home to rotating exhibits the most recent being a retrospective of works by Mario Petrirena which opened on February 24th and is on display through April 29th. 

Mario Petrirena, in the shared sorrow, 2011, collage on paper, 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches, Courtesy of Artist and Sandler Hudson Gallery.

Mario Petrirena, in the shared sorrow, 2011, collage on paper, 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches, Courtesy of Artist and Sandler Hudson Gallery.


RETROSPECTIVE OF WORKS BY MARIO PETRIRENA
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) announces the opening of the distance between by Mario Petrirena. The opening and exhibition will take place in the upper level galleries at MOCA GA. Exhibition dates are February 24, 2017 – April 29, 2017. The opening reception will be Friday, February 24, 2017 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Mario will give an artist talk on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7 pm.

Mario Petrirena, untitled, 2016, collage on board, 10 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches, Courtesy of Artist and Sandler Hudson Gallery. 

Mario Petrirena, untitled, 2016, collage on board, 10 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches, Courtesy of Artist and Sandler Hudson Gallery. 

Mario Petrirena was born in Cuba and was raised during the political upheaval of the 1960s. At the age of 8, he was one of 14,000 children evacuated to America during Operation Pedro Pan. At an early age, he began facing the challenges of dual heritage and identity that many immigrants and refugees still face today. Petrirena’s work, a combination of ceramics, installation pieces, and collage, reflects both the struggles and the value of his dual identities in an emotional and intuitive manner. MOCA GA is fortunate to have multiple works by Petrirena in its permanent collection and the upcoming exhibition will be a major retrospective of the prolific 30-year career of this artist. The exhibition will be accompanied by a scholarly catalogue in order to document Petrirena’s impacts in the literary canon of American art history.

ABOUT PETRIRENA
Petrirena received BA from the University of Florida in 1977 and his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1981. His 30+ year career has been extremely successful as evidenced by numerous awards and solo exhibitions. He has exhibited throughout the nation at museums such as The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the High Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1988 and Pollock/Krasner Fellowship in 2006. He is included in multiple publications. Sandler Hudson Gallery has represented the artist for nearly 30 years. Petrirena’s work is featured in collections such as, The High Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Lehigh University, Clayton State College, in addition to numerous corporate and private collections. The upcoming exhibition at MOCA GA will be the first retrospective for Petrirena and will be the largest solo exhibition of his work to date. The accompanying catalogue will explore many series of work that he has continued throughout his career, focusing on works from 1985- present.

ABOUT MOCA
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) collects and archives significant contemporary works by the artists of the state of Georgia. MOCA GA’s programs promote the visual arts by creating a forum for active interchange between artists and the community. MOCA GA is located at 75 Bennett Street. Admission is free to members and US Military with ID, $8 for non-members and $5 for students and seniors (65+). For more information, call 404.367.8700, visit www.mocaga.org or email info@mocaga.org. MOCA GA is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm, closed Sunday and Monday and between exhibitions. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Emily Knight eknight@mocaga.org 404.367.8700