Terri Geis, curator of academic programs at the Pomona College Museum of Art curates early works by Pedro Friedeberg

The Riverside Art Museum is presenting some of the early works of Pedro Friedeberg, one of the most celebrated artists working in Mexico today.

Called “Impossible Worlds,” the exhibition features the fanciful, imaginative drawings created in the early phase of Friedeberg’s career, from 1953-1960. These pieces done in graphite, ink and acrylic are from a private collection in Riverside, publicly displayed for the first time, said the museum’s executive director Drew Oberjuerge.

Curator TerriGeis, curator of academic programs at the Pomona College Museum of Art, said that these works reveal Friedeberg’s eclectic interests in world history, the rise of mass advertising and popular entertainment with an obsessive focus on pattern and repetition. She said Friedeberg reflects a period of increased experimentation in the ’50s and ’60s when many artists in Mexico rejected concepts of nationalism and instead connected to the international counterculture’s irreverent mixing of various artistic and philosophical traditions.

Friedeberg’s artworks at RAM reflect different styles and techniques, providing fresh insights into the development of his vision, which is equally inspired by Mexican and European cultures, she said.

Saturday, Jan. 16 through Sunday, May 15, Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside. Free, open-to-the public reception 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Information: 951- 684-7111, riversideartmuseum.org.

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