Pitzer College Art Galleries

February 21, 2014 Pitzer College Art Galleries exhibition Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane, co-organized with Pomona College Museum of Art
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

February 18, 2014 Pitzer College Art Galleries exhibition Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane, co-organized with Pomona College Museum of Art
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February 7, 2014 Pitzer College Art Galleries exhibition Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane, co-organized with Pomona College Museum of Art
The Student Life

February 7, 2014 Pitzer College Art Galleries Exhibition Arthur Dubinksy: The Life and Times of Pitzer College
The Student Life

February 6, 2014 Pitzer College Art Galleries exhibition Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane, co-organized with Pomona College Museum of Art
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January 24, 2014 Pitzer College Art Galleries exhibition Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane, co-organized with Pomona College Museum of Art
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January 21, 2014 Pitzer College Art Galleries exhibition Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane, co-organized with Pomona College Museum of Art
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January, 2014 Pitzer College Art Galleries exhibition Andrea Bowers: #sweetjane, co-organized with Pomona College Museum of Art
Art Scene

September, 2013 Pitzer Art Galleries exhibition GLPYHS: Acts of Inscription
Inland Empire Weekly

March, 2013 Pitzer Art Galleries exhibition Joyce Campbell: Te Taniwha/Crown Coach
Art in America

March, 2013 Pitzer Art Galleries exhibition Joyce Campbell: Te Taniwha/Crown Coach
Art in America

February 07, 2013 Pitzer Galleries exhibition Martha Wilson
Inland Empire Weekly

Nov/Dec 2012 Pitzer Art Galleries exhibition In the Shadow of Numbers: Charles Gaines Selected Works from 1975-2012, co-organized with Pomona College Museum of Art
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October 2012 Pitzer Art Galleries exhibition In the Shadow of Numbers: Charles Gaines Selected Works from 1975-2012, co-organized with Pomona College Museum of Art
Notes on Looking

October 2012 Pitzer Art Galleries exhibition Joyce Capbell: Te Taniwha/Crown Coach
Notes on Looking

June/July 2012 Pitzer Art Galleries exhibition Liz Glynn: No Second Troy
Artillery

April 2012 Pitzer Art Galleries exhibition Liz Glynn: No Second Troy
ArtForum

February 2012 Pitzer Art Galleries exhibition Matthew R. Ohm: Vanitas
Tropo Mfg

February 2012 Pitzer Art Galleries exhibition Liz Glynn: No Second Troy
Art Scene

January 14, 2012 Pitzer Art Galleries exhibition Liz Glynn: No Second Troy
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November/December, 2011 Pitzer Art Galleries exhibition Synthetic Ritual
LA Weekly

November/December, 2011 Pitzer Art Galleries Perpitube: Repurposing Social Media Spaces
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October 20, 2011 Pitzer Art Galleries Synthetic Ritual
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

September 27, 2011 Pitzer Art Galleries exhibition Synthetic Ritual
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September 09, 2011 Pitzer Art Galleries exhibition Synthetic Ritual
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SPRING 2015

Wunderkammer

January 24–March 26, 2015
Nichols Gallery, Broad Center

Cargo Cult

Stephanie Syjuco, Cargo Cults (Head Bundle) (2013/2014), C-print, 40 x 30 inches
Studio portrait using mass-manufactured goods, purchased on credit and returned for full refund after photoshoot.
Courtesy of the artist and Catharine Clark Gallery

In contrast to current museological models that derive their practices from their nineteenth century counterparts, the wunderkammer—generally regarded as a prototype for the first museums—can provide an alternative. Distinguished by their eclectic and all-encompassing collections, these early museums celebrated heterogeneity and difference as accolades—objects collected ranged from functional everyday artifacts to biological anomalies. Their interdisciplinary and all-inclusive practice resulted in a non-hierarchical approach; value was assigned according to the object’s polyvalent signifying power, its ability to be endlessly interpreted rather then categorically determined. As their name suggests, these museums championed wonderment as a vital tool for knowledge acquisition.

By providing a different rubric, these early models can offer an alternative lens to critique prevailing exhibitionary practices by calling attention to the codes and conventions of current display strategies, chronological placements, and exhibition typologies. By interrogating these classificatory norms it is possible to examine how these taxonomic structures dictate behavior in other areas of our lives—labor, leisure, culture—and by extension their impact on how we self identify or are identified by others—race, class, sexuality, gender. As a result, the wunderkammer model provides an opportunity to examine how knowledge is produced and disseminated, controlled and manipulated.

Blacklisted

Steve Roden
…I listen to the wind that obliterates my traces: Music in Vernacular Photographs, 1880-1955 (2011)
Found photograph, Dimensions variable

Through the objects and installations, the artists and practitioners in the exhibition explore these ideas through the production of archives—fictional and real; via unique and eclectic cosmologies; by privileging the mundane and forgotten above the conventionally celebrated; the historical as a part of the contemporary; and the nonprofessional versus the established. Furthermore, through the use of specific representational systems these artists reveal and critique established ideological constructs that govern issues of inclusion and exclusion within the contemporary museum.

Wunderkammer is a set of connected exhibitions at Pitzer College's Nichols Gallery and Barbara Hinshaw Gallery, and the First Street Gallery Art Center of the Tierra del Sol Foundation.

Wunderkammer: Joshua Callaghan, Chris Cobb, Michael Decker, José Clemente Orozco Farías, Clare Graham (MorYork), Nina Katchadourian, Alice Könitz, Elana Mann, Rachel Mayeri, Melanie Nakaue, Jenny Perlin, Steve Roden, Vivian Sming, Stephanie Syjuco, Chris Wilder Jenny Yurshansky and First Street Gallery Art Center artists: Herb Herod, Evan Hynes, Joe Zaldivar.

Sorted Books project

Nina Katchadourian
The series Once Upon a Time in Delaware/In Search of the Perfect Book (2012)
From the Sorted Books project, C-prints, 12.5 x 19 inches

Curated by Ciara Ennis
Nichols Gallery, Broad Center, Pitzer College
January 24 – March 26, 2015 

David Bachman, professor of mathematics, Pitzer College

Organized by Pitzer College Art Galleries
Barbara Hinshaw Gallery, Grove House, Pitzer College
January 24 – February 27, 2015 

Cosmologies: John Boyer, Evelyn Campos, Victor Frias, Evan Hynes, Dru McKenzie, Hector Oviedo and Helen Rae

Curated by Ciara Ennis and Christopher Michno ’91
First Street Gallery Art Center
January 24 – March 20, 2015 

Chris Cobb, Upland Public Library Intervention

Organized by Pitzer College Art Galleries
Upland Public Library
January 24 – March 26, 2015 

Opening Receptions:
Saturday, January 24, 2-4 p.m. at Nichols Gallery
Saturday, January 24, 3-5 p.m. at First Street Gallery Art Center

Panel Discussion: Wunderkammer: the Past as a Radical Model for the Future
Thursday, February 19 at 2 p.m.
Broad Center Performance Space, Pitzer College
Panelists: artists Joshua Callaghan, Clare Graham (MorYork) and Alice Könitz, with Carina Johnson, Pitzer College professor of history and Rachel Mayeri, Harvey Mudd College associate professor of media studies. Moderated by Ciara Ennis, director/curator, Pitzer College Art Galleries.

This panel discussion is generously supported by The Frederick J. Salathé Fund for Music and the Cultural Arts.

Chris Cobb’s installation at Nichols Gallery is a partnership between the Friends of the Upland Public Library, Upland Public Library and Pitzer College Art Galleries.

David Bachman

January 24 - February 27, 2015

Barbara Hinshaw Gallery, Grove House

Organized by Pitzer College Art Galleries
By appointment only

Comprising prints, flowcharts (graphical algorithms) and objects, Bachman’s work straddles the physical and mathematical world. Through translations of mathematical equations into three-dimensional models Bachman transfigures objects derived from the every day into complex and intricate forms that resemble midcentury modern aesthetics. Deploying a 3D printer, Bachman’s mathematical abstractions are produced in a variety of materials, including plastic, sandstone, ceramic and metal.

David Bachman is a Professor of Mathematics at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. He received his PhD in 1999 from the University of Texas at Austin, and has since published 16 research articles and two books on Geometry and Topology. For the last 25 years Bachman has also enjoyed a number of non-academic pursuits, from lighting design for nationally touring musical acts to building furniture. Six years ago Backman’s background in Mathematics and his affinity for working with his hands converged when he began to experiment with 3D printing and design. Since then he has created unique mathematical sculptures by using several CAD modeling packages (Rhino 3D, Grasshopper), a variety of 3D printers and a garage full of tools.


Emerging Artist Series #9: Jenny Yurshansky: Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory

Blacklisted

Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory (Incubation), 2014

January 24 - March 26, 2015

The Lenzner Family Art Gallery

Artist-in-residence Jenny Yurshansky is currently on-site at Pitzer College conducting active field research for her upcoming exhibition, Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory. Yurshansky is collecting, studying and researching plants found on the campuses of The Claremont Colleges and affiliated institutions. Restricting her investigation to vegetation classified as invasive by the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee (CISAC)—a scientific organization charged with creating a statewide “living list” of invasive species since late 2009—Yurshansky will determine which “so-called” invasive species have infiltrated this highly local site. 

Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory investigates the distinction between native versus invasive species as determined by the CISAC. The discourse surrounding a list of “invasive” or “alien” flora species has interesting and fruitful correlations to policies regarding immigration, multiculturalism and evolving ideas about national identities that are inherently tied to the identity of border cultures and a location that has carried the name of a number of nations through the historical record. The project allows viewers to engage in a meaningful and nuanced way with how these issues are thought of, in direct and applicable terms. 

Opening in January 2015, Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory will take a number of forms including a comprehensive index of the invasive species found on-site, a large-scale projection—a portrait of all the plants collected and a record of their growth during the month of June 2014—and a light box image of their incubated sequestration.  The exhibition will also feature two sculptural works, one of which is an index of the more than one hundred plants collected, in the style of a classic botanical herbaria rendered in detailed handmade paper silhouettes.  The second sculpture refers to the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which is a window into the common presence in 1892 of what are now rare California native plants. This piece, which features a seemingly empty vitrine, is a nod to the fears of the ultimate disappearance of natives in the wake of the encroachment by alien species that fuels the discourse around this issue.

Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory­ has been produced with support by Konstnärsnämnden / Swedish Arts Grant Committee. 

The exhibition is also generously supported by the GuestHaus Residency, Kungliga Konsthögskolan / Stockholm Royal Institute of Art, and art+environment – an interdisciplinary program at Pitzer College funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

With very special thanks to:

Pitzer College
-Joe Clements, Arboretum and Grounds Manager, Pitzer College
-Ciara Ennis, Director/Curator, Pitzer College Art Galleries
-Dr. Paul Faulstich, Professor of Environmental Analysis, Pitzer College
-Nicolas Galindo, Lead Groundskeeper, Pitzer College
-Cheukwa Jones, Curatorial/PR Coordinator, Pitzer College Art Galleries
-Rachel Kessler ’14, Assistant to the artist, Pitzer College
-Dr. Muriel Poston, Vice President/Dean of Faculty, Pitzer College
-Lance Neckar, MLA, MALA, Director, Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern
 California Sustainability and Professor of Environmental Analysis, Pitzer College
-Angelica Perez, Preparator, Pitzer College Art Galleries

Pomona / BFS
-Dr. Wallace M. Meyer III, Assistant Professor of Biology, Pomona College and Director of the Bernard Field Station, Claremont, CA
-Ronald Nemo, Lead Groundskeeper, Pomona College

Harvey Mudd / BFS
Dr. Nancy V. Hamlett, Visiting Professor of Biology, Harvey Mudd College; Volunteer Researcher and Habitat Coordinator at the Bernard Field Station, Claremont, CA

Claremont College
Dr. Susan M. Schenk, Biology Laboratory Instructor/Coordinator and Lab Lecturer of Biology, W.M. Keck Science Department, Claremont Colleges

Scripps College
-Fred Carlson, Lead Groundskeeper, Scripps College
-Lola Trafecanty, Director of Grounds, Scripps College
-Liv Townsend ’14, Documentation Photographer, Scripps College

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
-Dr. J. Travis Columbus II, Research Scientist; Professor of Botany, Claremont Graduate University
-Nick Jensen, Master’s Student, Claremont Graduate University Botany Department
-Dr. Evan P. Meyer, Seed Conservation Program Manager, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
-Dr. Jeffery Morawetz, Postdoctoral Researcher, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
-Dr. Mare Nazaire, Herbarium Collections Manager, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
-Irene Holiman, Library Specialist, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Other affiliations
-Jenny Brown, Collection Manager, Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, Harvard University Herbaria
-Dr. Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard
 University and Adjunct Associaate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
-Lisa DeCesare, Head of Archives and Public Services, Botany Libraries, Harvard University Herbaria
-Mary Anne Hamblen, Special Collections & Archives Librarian, Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Research Library, The Corning Museum of Glass
-Dr. Chris MacDonald, Desert Natural Resources Advisor of Cooperative Extension San Bernardino County, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
-Robert Perry, FASLA, USC School of Artchitecture Adjunct Professor, Professor Emeritus at California State Polytechnic University
-Nisreen Azar, Habitat Restoration Specialist at Glenn Lukos Associates, Inc.
-Noreen Murano, President of Wildscape Restoration, Inc. and the CEO of Resource Conservation Partners, Inc.
-Bill Neill, Desert Protective Council
-Drew Ready, Sustainable Landscape Program Manager at the Council for Watershed Health