On view in America the Beautiful will be journals and mixed media collages dating from 1974 through 2005, by one of the founding members of the seminal Los Angeles punk group X. The exhibition was originally organized by the Santa Monica Museum of Art and guest curators Kristine McKenna and Michael Duncan.
The exhibition will feature a selection of journals from the collection of approximately 100 that Cervenka has completed over the past 31 years, as well as more than 20 collages. Cervenka’s journals combine rough drafts of songs and personal reflections rendered in a baroque calligraphic script with photographs, drawings and scraps of ephemera found while traveling as a musician. The collages are created from found materials to form an interpretative composite portrait of the country she’s come to know through her life experiences on the road.
An icon of Los Angeles’s ‘70s punk scene, Cervenka is known internationally for her work with X. Today she continues her musical career with X as well as in solo performances and participation in bands such as The Knitters, Auntie Christ and The Original Sinners. A visual and spoken word artist for more than 30 years, Cervenka has also published four volumes of poetry.