Fresno: Saroyan Photo Exhibit On Display In Sacramento


Fresno Bee
July 11 2008

A Fresno photo exhibit from January featuring images of famed writer
William Saroyan now is on view at the California State Capitol Museum
in Sacramento.

The black-and-white photographs, all by award-winning photographer
Boghos Boghossian, were taken of Saroyan on visits to his ancestral
homeland of Armenia in 1976 and 1978. The Boghossian pictures
capture the dramatic visage of an older Saroyan in different moods
and surroundings.

The free exhibit started June 30 and runs through Aug. 24. The museum,
at 1315 10th St. near L Street, is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

The original Fresno City Hall show was curated by Varoujan Der Simonian
of the Armenian Museum of Fresno. It was part of the centennial
year celebrations marking Saroyan’s birth in Fresno on Aug. 31,
1908. (Saroyan died in Fresno, at age 72, on May 18, 1981.)

The Sacramento exhibit has been redefined with the help of museum
curator John Mello, but the photos are the same. The exhibit was
made possible through the efforts of Assembly Member Paul Krekorian,
D-Burbank, and the California State Assembly Rules Committee. It’s
co-sponsored by the Armenian Technology Group Inc. and the Armenian
Heritage Museum.