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Photography: Beyond the Surface, at The Museum of Art & History (MOAH)

09 - 12 November - January 2019

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Photography: Beyond the Surface, at The Museum of Art & History (MOAH)

Exhibition open November 9 – January 12, 2020


Solo exhibitions: Matthew Finley, Rob Grad, John Peralta, Melanie Pullen, Christopher Russell, Joni Sternbach, Rodrigo Valenzuela

Site specific installation: Kira Vollman

The Lancaster Museum of Art & History (MOAH) and the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation (LMPAF) invite you to its newest exhibition Beyond the Surface, a survey of contemporary photography.  The exhibit will be on display November 9 through January 12, and the opening reception will be November 9 from 4-6 p.m.

Beyond the Surface features the work of eight photographers, including a survey of Melanie Pullen’s work in the Main Gallery, Joni Sternbach’s Surfland series in the East Gallery, This Too Shall Pass by Matthew Finley in the North Gallery, Rob Grad’s Finding Foreverland series in the Wells Fargo Gallery, work from Christopher Russel in the Moore Family Trust Gallery,  photographic installation by Rodrigo Valenzuela in the South Gallery, along with sculpture by John Peralta, and 16mm, a site-specific installation, by Kira Vollman.

Photography has long been associated with its ability to document reality. As a medium, photography has neatly satisfied the human need to search for objective truth. But truth is not objective. Like photography, the truth is crafted, manipulated, and enhanced. In the digital age, with the advent of augmented and virtual reality, the blurring of the line that separates real from unreal has reached an unprecedented level. Beyond the Surface examines these permeable boundaries. Its artists, who each utilize traditional photographic processes, challenge the viewer to look deeper and find a greater sense of truth that lies just beyond the images’ surface.


The Lancaster Museum of Art and History is dedicated to strengthening awareness, enhancing accessibility, and igniting the appreciation of art, history, and culture in the Antelope Valley through dynamic exhibitions, innovative educational programs, creative community engagement, and a vibrant collection that celebrates the richness of the region. MOAH is located at 665 W. Lancaster Blvd. and is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m. For more information, visit or call (661) 723-6250.