Author and playwright William Saroyan’s extraordinary contributions to the cultural history of California will be celebrated in a photographic exhibition that opens today at the State Capitol in Sacramento, announced Assemblymember Paul Krekorian (D-Burbank). Assemblymember Krekorian, who organized the Capitol exhibition in partnership with the Saroyan Centennial Committee, said that the exhibition is part of a statewide year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of Saroyan’s birth.
“The works of William Saroyan are among California’s cultural treasures and comprise an important part of our state’s story,” said Assemblymember Krekorian. “Saroyan was one of the Twentieth Century’s greatest chroniclers of small town life in California and the experience of hard-working people during the Great Depression. Generations of Americans have come to know and love the San Joaquin Valley and its people through the eyes and the pen of William Saroyan. I’m proud that our State Capitol is appropriately memorializing the centennial of his birth with this important exhibition.”
The son of Armenian immigran’s, William Saroyan never lost touch with his proud heritage. Through his literary genius, he made that heritage an important part of the American cultural fabric.
Among other things, the exhibition features gallery-quality black and white photographs of Saroyan that were taken by renowned photographer Boghos Boghossian during the author’s last two visits to Armenia. Melded with the writer’s own words, the pictures reflect Saroyan in action, his emotional expressions and inner life while he interacted with those around him. Boghossian, who currently resides in Armenia, poignantly captured these special momen’s in the life of the renowned writer.
The exhibition will be housed in the historic State Capitol Museum from July 2 through August 24. It was made possible through the efforts and support of Assemblymember Krekorian, the Assembly Rules Committee, California State Parks, the Armenian Heritage Museum of Fresno, the Armenian Technology Group, Inc., and Proteck Imaging of Burbank. Mr. Varoujan Der Simonian is the Curator of the exhibition. The exhibition is open to the public and is free of charge.
Assemblymember Paul Krekorian (D-Burbank) represents the cities of Burbank and Glendale, and the Los Angeles communities of Atwater Village, Los Feliz, North Hollywood, Silver Lake, Toluca Lake, Valley Glen, Valley Village and Van Nuys.