The ARENA 1 gallery in Santa Monica will present Refocus: Multicultural Focus, an exhibition including works by photographers featured in a 1981 exhibit celebrating the Los Angeles bicentennial, beginning Saturday, Jan. 7 through Jan. 29.

An opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at Arena 1, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica.

In 1981 the exhibition Multicultural Focus was held at the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery in Barnsdall Park where Josine Starrels was gallery director.

The exhibition was organized by Sheila Pinkel for the Los Angeles Center For Photographic Studies and curated by 12 artist/curators in the Los Angeles area, three each from the Asian, black, Latino, and white communities,

The show was one of two exhibitions selected to celebrate the Los Angeles bicentennial and it was believed to be the first cross-cultural exhibition of photography in the Los Angeles area, organizers said.

Refocus: Multicultural Focus will include current work by 19 of the original artists in the 1981 exhibition. A catalogue will accompany the exhibition providing images from the original show juxtaposed to contemporary work and statements by the participating artists.

Catalogue essays by Deborah Bright, Carla Williams and Paul Von Blum will reflect the concept of and changes that have taken place in multiculturalism and photography during the last 30 years.

Participating artists include: Arden Alger, Don Anton, Stephen Axelrad, Carroll Parrott Blue, Elizabeth Bryant, Gillian Brown, Steve Berens, Dennis Callwood, Todd Gray, Robin Lasser, Adrienne Pao, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Willie Robert Middlebrook, Patrick Nagatani, Joan Salinger, Rick Tejeda-Flores, Linda Wolf, Nancy Webber, Mihoko Yamagata and Bruce Yonemoto.

This exhibition is part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative.

ARENA 1 gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Information, (310) 397-7456, or www.santamonicaartstudios.com.

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