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Barbara T. Smith at Brand Library and Art Center

Brand Library & Art Center welcomes Let Me Talk, a provocative exhibition featuring 

24 artists who have something to say.

GLENDALE, CA - Glendale Library, Arts & Culture presents Let Me Talk, a provocative exhibition featuring paintings, sculptures, installation, and photography by a diverse group of 24 artists. This exhibit, curated by Ada Pullini Brown and Jill Sykes, will be at the Brand Library & Art Center from January 22, 2022 - March 19, 2022. Let Me Talk includes a special edition portfolio of 52 new prints called Utopia/Dystopia, which were produced at the famed East Los Angles printmaking workshop, Self Help Graphics.

“In times of dread, artists must never remain silent. This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That’s how civilizations heal.”  - Toni Morrison

Morrison's statement was written for an article in The Nation after the re-election of George W. Bush in 2004. Curators Ada Pullini Brown and Jill Sykes found Morrison's call for the need of art "in times of dread" was the impetus for this exhibition. It is artists who serve as a barometer of our time. Their work can act as a catalyst for discourse — leading to action and change.

The works in Let Me Talk point to the many issues that are a part of the current, deeply dark, and coarsened public discourse. The common thread explored in the works by these artists is the desire not to despair or remain silent. 

A catalogue with an essay by Professor Betty Brown, Ph.D. will be published for the exhibition and available for free to the public. 

A free, public opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 22nd, 6-9pm, at Brand Library & Art Center, 1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale CA, 91201. Artists and curators will be in attendance. Social distancing and masks are required.

Exhibiting Artists: 

Margaret Alarcon, Dawn Arrowsmith, Ada Pullini Brown, Lavialle Campbell, Eileen Cowin, Bibi Davidson, Bianca Dorso, Mark Steven Greenfield, Margaret Griffith, Dean & Laura Larson, Cynthia Minet, Sierra Pecheur, Serena Potter, Catherine Ruane, Shizu Salamando, Leigh Salgado, Barbara T. Smith, Miyo Stevens-Gandara, Theodore Svenningsen, Jill Sykes, J. Michael Walker, Cathy Weiss, Nancy Youdelman.

Utopia/Dystopia Portfolio with prints by:

Pavel Acevedo, Kay Brown, Ada Pullini Brown, Leslie Dolin, Usen Gandara, Miyo Stevens-Gandara (Portfolio Curator), Luis Genaro Garcia, J. Leigh Garcia, Margaret Griffith, Rogelio Gutierrez, Phung Huynh, Dongeun Lee, Kelvin Lopez, Rosalie Lopez, Sandra Low, Poli Marichal, Álvaro D. Márquez, Dalila Mendez, Wayne Perry, Sandy Rodriguez, Victor Rosas, Marianne Sandowski, Dewey Tafoya, Alex Fridrich-Ward, Christian Salcedo Ward, Andi Xoch.


About Glendale

Known as the “Jewel City,” Glendale is the fourth largest city of Los Angeles County. With a population of more than 200,000, Glendale is a thriving cosmopolitan city that is rich in history, culturally diverse, and offers nearly 50 public parks, and easy access to a municipal airport. It is the home to a vibrant business community, with major companies in healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, retail, and banking.


About Library, Arts & Culture

Founded in 1907, the Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department includes six neighborhood libraries as well as the Brand Library & Art Center, a regional visual arts and music library and performance venue housed in the historic 1904 mansion of Glendale pioneer Leslie C. Brand, and the Central Library, a 93,000 square foot center for individuals and groups to convene, collaborate and create. Department also serves as the chief liaison to the Glendale Arts and Culture Commission which works to continually transform Glendale into an ever-evolving arts destination. For more information visit, or contact Library, Arts & Culture at 818-548-2021 or via email at

About Brand Library & Art Center

Brand Library & Art Center has been a cornerstone for the arts in Southern California since 1956. This unique public library focuses on visual arts and music and provides free services and programs for a diverse community, including print and online collections, subject specialist librarians, exhibitions, concerts, lectures, dance performances, films, and hands-on craft programs for children and adults. Brand Library seeks to develop innovative programs, services and collections to serve an ever-widening public interested in the arts. Brand Library & Art Center is a branch of the City of Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department. For more information visit or contact 818-548-2051.

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