Cammie Staros: House of the Muses
September 24 – December 16, 2022
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.
For full exhibition information, view Cammie Staros: House of the Muses.
Co-curated with Fulcrum Arts:
Lauren Bon and 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.
Lauren Bon and The Metabolic Studio: Bending the River was curated by Pitzer College Art Galleries and Fulcrum Arts and was originally presented as part of the 2022 Fulcrum Festival: Deep Ocean/Deep Space.
For full exhibition information, view Lauren Bon and The Metabolic Studio: Bending the River.
2022 Senior Thesis Exhibition: Shift + Ground
April 28–May 14, 2022
Julia Duran Stewart
@Nichols Gallery, Lenzner Family Art Gallery, Scott Hall, Academic Quad
For full exhibition information view 2022 Senior Thesis Exhibition: Shift Ground.
Beatriz Cortez: Cosmic Portals
February 5–April 12, 2022
Beatriz Cortez’s new body of work continues her exploration into Indigenous knowledges, multiple temporalities, and ancient forms of abstraction. A two-part installation, the exhibition features a large-scale indoor sculpture referencing an ancient Mayan observatory placed in dialogue with an outdoor work inspired by a mosaic built twenty-nine centuries ago by the ancient Olmec people. While one structure looks out toward the skies the other is directed towards the underworld.
For full exhibition information view Beatriz Cortez: Cosmic Portals.
Pau S. Pescador: Working
January 29-April 12, 2022
Pau S. Pescador: Working explores the stories of trans individuals employed in the civil service sector at a time when legal protections have become contested ground. Pescador addresses these conditions in a video comprising interviews with US government trans employees and cultural historians to understand the challenges that this bureaucratic environment presents for a trans, non-binary, gender queer individual. In a series of photographic collage works, the artist’s body interacts with everyday objects in spaces where they worked during the early stages of their transition. Despite the legal protections for gender expression as well as the support from some colleagues, Pescador and other trans non-binary individuals are subject to constant microaggressions as they navigate the complexity and conservative nature of government bureaucracy.
For full exhibition information view Pau S. Pescador: Working.
Faculty-Driven Exhibition #2
Pato Hebert: Lingering
(with a collaborative work by Sarah Gilbert)
Curated by Associate Professor in Media Studies Ruti Talmor
January 22 – April 16, 2022
Lingering addresses the COVID-19 condition of long-hauling, in which ongoing COVID symptoms persist well after the initial infection. The exhibition traces the ongoing process of recovery as a site for healing, creativity, and questioning, and the frustrations of seeking care for the varied and extensive symptoms of long-term illness.
For full exhibition information, view Pato Hebert: Lingering.
Sadie Barnette: Legacy & Legend
July 22–December 18, 2021
Sadie Barnette: Legacy & Legend, a partnership between Pitzer College Art Galleries and the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, is the artist’s most ambitious exhibition to date.
For full exhibition information and images, visit our Sadie Barnette: Legacy and Legend and the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College.
Jenny Perlin: Maelstrom
September 11–December 11, 2021
“The great whirlpool arrives and sucks everything into its center, spitting out only fragments and noises. The shoreline is in view, but unreachable. The maelstrom pulls us under. This 16mm hand-processed high contrast experimental film is covered in scratches and scrapes, giving the impression it’s been retrieved after many years from the bottom of the sea.”Jenny Perlin
For additional exhibition information and images, visit Jenny Perlin: Maelstrom
2021 Senior Thesis Virtual Exhibition: Waffle Breakfasts
Minerva Cuevas: Disidencia
Fall 2020 – Spring 2021
2020 Senior Thesis Virtual Exhibition: No Single Sources
Curatorial Internship Project #4: Jessica Sass ’22: Radical Learning Beyond Incarceration
Candice Lin, Natural History: A Half-Eaten Portrait, an Unrecognizable Landscape, a Still, Still Life
Hans Baumann: 5 Distillations (Salton Sea)
Disruption! Art and the Prison Industrial Complex
Ashley Hunt: Degrees of Visibility
2019 Senior Art exhibition: About Time 瞬息
Curatorial Internship Project #3: Julie Heine ’21: Intertext / By the Book
Publishing Against the Grain
Emerging Artist Series #14 : Cathy Akers: A Utopia for Some: Morningstar and Wheeler’s Ranches Reconsidered
Elana Mann: Instruments of Accountability
Emerging Artist Series #13: Cassie Riger
Senior Thesis Exhibition: Mutual Sensitivities
Curatorial Internship Project #2: Elizabeth Lee Freedman ’18: Between Visibilities
Edgar Heap of Birds: Defend Sacred Mountains
MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal
Juan Downey: Radiant Nature
Senior Thesis Exhibition: Normalia
Inaugural Curatorial Internship Project #1: Rachel Moszkowicz ’19: Strands of Red
Faculty Art Show: Tim Berg (Rebekah Myers), Sarah Gilbert, Tarrah Krajnak, Jessica McCoy, and Friends
Emerging Artist Series #12: Distance In/Formation: Johanna Breiding, Rebecca Bruno, Yann Novak, and Willy Souly
Far from Indochine
I N / T E N S I ON: Senior Art Exhibition 2016
The Ocelots of Foothill Boulevard: Mark Dion, Jessica Rath, Dana Sherwood
Time Turning Paint: Liat Yossifor
Untitled (Artspeak?) – Emerging Artist Series #10: Kang Seung Lee
NINE: Senior Art Exhibition 2015
Mathematical Anesthetics: David Bachman
Blacklisted: A Planted Allegory – Emerging Artist Series #9: Jenny Yurshansky
American Sitcom: A *candy factory project
(dis)order: Senior Art Exhibition 2014
Sleep to Dream: Martin Durazo
Arthur Dubinsky: The Life and Times of Pitzer College
#sweetjane: Andrea Bowers – in collaboration with Pomona College Museum of Art
On the Rocks, In the Land – Emerging Artist Series #8: Danielle Adair
GLYPHS: ACTS OF INSCRIPTION
Cattle in the Amazon: Jaider Esbell
AUTHENTIFICTION: Senior Art Exhibition 2013
Crowd Control – Emerging Artist #7 Tannaz Farsi
Te Taniwha/Crown Coach: Joyce Campbell
In the Shadow of Numbers: Charles Gaines
Living Inside Is Beautiful: Senior Art Exhibition 2012
No Second Troy: Liz Glynn
Vanitas – Emerging Artist #6 Mathhew R. Ohm
PerpiTube: Repurposing Social Media Spaces
KIMBALL 1901- Euan Macdonald
Worker – Emerging Artist Series #5: James Gilbert and Jennifer Vanderpool
Notes, Odd Lots, Restoration Selections, etc. – Kim Schoenstadt ’95
phenogenesis: Senior Art Exhibition 2011
Bas Jan Ader: Suspended Between Laughter and Tears
et al: Senior Art Exhibition 2010
CAPITALISM IN QUESTION (because it is)
Localization, Location, Ubicación – Emerging Artist #4: Carla Herrera-Prats
This Land is Your Land – Emerging Artist Series #3: Nuttaphol Ma
Babel: The Chaos of Melancholy: Kyugmi Shin
Gold Flood – Emerging Artist Series #2: Karen Lofgren
TWELVE: Senior Art Exhibition 2009
William Ransom: Emerging Artist Series #1
After Abu Ghraib: Clayton Campbell
Narrowcast: Reframing Global Video 1986/2008
Uncommon Practice: Faculty Show
Spell: Sandeep Mukherjee
Lizabeth Eva Rossof
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