WATERTOWN — On Sunday, January 17, at 2 p.m., the Armenian Museum of America will be opening a new exhibition: “Family Pictures” by Susan Kricorian. The opening will include a reception held in the Adele and Haig Der Manuelian Galleries on the third floor of the Armenian Museum of America (ALMA). The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served at the reception.
In this exhibition, Kricorian uses Ottoman-era studio portraits, documentary, photographs and family snapshots, many of them taken in and around the artist’s hometown of Watertown as the basis for an exploration of post-Genocide Armenian culture and identity. The paintings in this body of work engage with family and communal history, as well as with recognizable Armenian icons and symbols, to pay homage to a lost homeland and to create a new landscape of belonging that is simultaneously Armenian and American.
Born and raised in the tight-knit Armenian community of Watertown, Kricorian attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and studied drawing, painting, photography, color theory and art education. After completing school in Boston, she moved to New York City to begin her journey as an artist and art educator. Kricorian has taught art in a public middle school since 1989 and has received her master’s in education at Bank Street College of Education.