Kirk Hopper Fine Art presents Benito Huerta: "As the World Turns" opening reception
Kirk Hopper Fine Art presents Benito Huerta: "As the World Turns," which utilizes the title from the popular television soap opera, As the World Turns, which began airing in 1958. Looking at events in our current world reminds us of similarities to events of the 1950s - possible war with Communist Russia, the threat of nuclear war, and ongoing research to attempt to find cures for diseases. The works in this exhibition draw parallels between some of these past and current issues.
Movies were a popular form of escapism for families in the 1950s to get away from the tension of everyday life. Science fiction and horror movies with undercurrents of topical issues were a staple at that time. As the World Turns favored character development and psychological realism. The show earned a reputation as being quite conservative which also reflects the rise of conservatism in our current, tense political mood. Slow, conversational, and emotionally intense, the soap opera moved at the pace of life itself, and sometimes even more slowly than that. This also became true at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 when life came to a virtual standstill with the revelation of a fatal vulnerability dealing a psychological blow to humanity.
The paintings, drawings, and prints in this exhibition are a reflection of what is happening today in our ‘world as it turns’ - similar but with a much more pronounced effect to what we experienced in the 1950s.
Following the opening reception. the exhibition will remain on display through May 7.