Art Galleries

Margaret Griffith "Divisions"

Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 12:00pm to Sunday, December 12, 2021 - 12:00pm

Soraya Art Galleries

The Soraya Art Gallery is proud to present “Divisions,” an exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Margaret Griffith. 

Griffith’s work examines the nuanced relationship between architectural components and the division between personal and public space. She uses patterns derived from landmarks symbolic of privilege and power, seen in the residential gates of Los Angeles to the gates surrounding The White House.

The gate acts as a boundary or barrier while also representing security, peace, fear and isolation. They physically and visually divide the community, while communicating a false sense of security and permanence. Griffith uses the language of abstraction by removing the function and logic behind gate, fence and perforated steel patterns. She presents them mixed up, out of context, enacting a visceral and nonlinear discourse on impermanence. The fragility of paper in Griffith’s work has an inherent intimacy when layered, folded, curled and bent into organic and billowy forms; defying the rigidity of the objects intended materiality.   

A major art exhibition space in the San Fernando Valley, the CSUN Art Galleries are located just a few miles north of downtown Los Angeles. The Galleries have mounted over 500 exhibitions since 1980 with yearly gallery attendance averaging 25,000 visitors. Exhibitions are funded in part by the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication, Instructionally related Activities Committee and The Soraya. The Soraya Art Gallery is located on the corner of Nordhoff St. and Lindley Ave. on the Loge Level of the Great Hall. Exhibitions are open to ticket holders one hour prior to performances, during intermissions and by appointment. 

To make an appointment, email , call (818) 677-8821 or visit Press images are available upon request; email

Due to Covid-19, masks are required and appointments must be made in advance or you will not be admitted.

There is a CSU Vaccine mandate starting September 30th.

Everyone who attends the gallery starting September 30 and later must have proof of vaccination. Visitors must have their physical card or a digital copy with them to show at the door. For Children under the age of 12 (because they are ineligible for the vaccine) they must present proof of a negative covid-19 test from their school within the week of attending the gallery or proof of a negative test within 72 hours of attending the gallery. Children under 5 will not be permitted.

Here are the types of masks that are acceptable:

On the day you are attending, you MUST fill out the Covid screening form at this link:
You will then receive a confirmation email. In order to be admitted, you MUST forward your confirmation email to Erika Ostrander.