Current Exhibitions


Pitzer College Art Galleries is currently closed for installation.

Join us for the opening reception of our fall exhibitions on Saturday, September 24, 2022, 1 – 3:00 pm.

Cammie Staros: House of the Muses

September 24 – December 16, 2022

Cammie Staros: What Will Have Being, January 16–March 6, 2021, Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles. Courtesy of the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles. Photo: Morgan Waltz.

Referencing Greco-Roman antiquities and their museological display, House of the Muses approximates a museal landscape in a state of decay. Suggesting a post-human future, the installation alludes to failed historical and contemporary empires that have, through hubris, enacted widespread devastation socially, politically, and ecologically. In Staros’ universe, vitrines modeled on those found in the Louvre or the Metropolitan Museum of Art become life-supporting aquariums for freshwater fish and aquatic plants. Providing shelter and diversion for the fish, Staros’ Grecian-style amphorae are playfully distorted versions of their historical counterparts. Portals to the past and future, each aquatic vitrine functions as an artifact alternately buried and revealed by the dramatic impact of human discard and climatic transition. 

House of the Muses—a title born of Greek mythology and translated from a Latin synonym of museum—highlights the role that Encyclopedic museums play in the construction of histories and cultural narratives by alluding to ancient artifacts and the exhibitionary procedures used in their display. While evocative of classical civilizations before their fall, the exhibition calls attention to the inevitable collapse and fragility of such empires, past, present, and future. Staros’ construction of museal ruin overrun by natural forces asks us to consider the fate of our own civilization, our impact on the planet, and the legacy and futurity of the human species.

Exhibition
Sept. 24 – Dec. 16, 2022
Pitzer College Art Galleries: Nichols Gallery

Reception
Saturday, September 24, 1 – 3 p.m.
Pitzer College Art Galleries

For full exhibition information, view Cammie Staros: House of the Muses.


Co-curated with Fulcrum Arts:

Lauren Bon + The Metabolic Studio: Bending the River

September 24 – December 16, 2022

Lauren Bon and The Metabolic Studio’s infrastructural artwork, Bending the River re-imagines the relationship between Los Angeles and the river that brought it into existence.  Located on Tongva land, Bending the River is evolving through conversation with artists, native communities, activists, local community and the many government agencies needed in order to realize this work.

The Los Angeles River in its current form is a concretized flood control measure that moves waste water from the city directly out to sea.  Utilizing the principles of adaptive re-use, the project moves a portion of the LA River water and lifts it to The Metabolic Studio, where it is moved through a native wetland treatment. It will then be distributed to the Los Angeles State Historic Park for irrigation and to build a new spreading ground.  This work culminates a transformation that began in 2005 with Not A Cornfield.

This exhibition is the first curation of this ongoing work, which is currently in its third year of construction. 

Lauren Bon and The Metabolic Studio: Bending the River is curated by Pitzer College Art Galleries and Fulcrum Arts and is part of the 2022 Fulcrum Festival: Deep Ocean/Deep Space.

Exhibition
Sept. 24 – Dec. 16, 2022
Pitzer College Art Galleries: Lenzner Family Art Gallery

Reception
Saturday, September 24, 1 – 3 p.m.
Pitzer College Art Galleries

For full exhibition information, view Lauren Bon and The Metabolic Studio: Bending the River.


Visit

Pitzer College Art Galleries will reopen in September for groups of up to 6 people for 1-hour visits. Appointments are offered Tuesday through Saturday on the half-hour from 1-4:30 p.m. Make a reservation to visit our current exhibitions, and complete our online health check form on the day of your visit, prior to arriving.