- Cattle in the Amazon
October 10 – November 27, 2013
Barbara Hinshaw Gallery, Grove House;
McConnell Living Room, McConnell Center
The exhibition presents paintings that reflect on indigenous and global discourses of nature, sustainability, and development in the Amazon. There is a particular concern with the cosmologies and historical experiences of the Macuxi Indians and other groups of Northern Brazil. Macuxi artist Jaider Esbell is spending the semester at Pitzer as a visiting professor.
The exhibition is funded by Art+Environment program, the Pitzer College Art Galleries, and the External Studies Department. Curated by Daniel Segal.
Tags: art+environment, Fall 2013, Jaider Esbell, Past Exhibitions
- On the Rocks, In the Land
Emerging Artist Series #8: Danielle Adair
September 19 – December 6, 2013
Lenzner Family Art Gallery
The documentary-performance-video installation, On the Rocks, In the Land, analyzes the role of the “tourist-observer,” within contemporary “conflict zones,” and questions how a “tourist” perceives and experiences sites of historic and contemporary political significance. The project incorporates experiences of and around the peace lines of Belfast, the Berlin Wall, the stonewalls of New England, the US-Mexican border in Ciudad Juárez, the separation barrier in the West Bank and the Occupy Wall Street Movement. The exhibition explores the notion of “play” as a persistent and ethical form of resistance in relation to the physicality of a “wall” as defined by these specific locations. Meanwhile, in investigating the intersection of place, politics and play in these sites, the project resists the assumption and further enforcement of a dominant narrative.
On the Rocks, In the Land is in keeping with Adair’s practice of assuming a particular role or responsibility during long-term projects to better examine the institutions and narratives by which we live. In an earlier work, FIRST ASSIGNMENT, Adair took on the role of a “war journalist”, as she embedded as “media” with US servicewomen and followed a unit in training, deployment in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, and upon their return home. This project involved a number of discrete works, including her artist field guide, From JBAD, Lessons Learned (Les Figues Press), and culminated in a long-form video piece. Adair engages with contemporary issues by actively blurring the distinction between documentary and performance praxis. Through the intimacy and particularity of such experience, On the Rocks, In the Land reveals unfamiliar forms of resistance and protest.
Tags: Danielle Adair, Emerging Artist Series, Fall 2013, Lenzner Gallery, Past Exhibitions
- GLYPHS: ACTS OF INSCRIPTION
Curated by Renée Mussai and Ruti Talmor
September 19 – December 5, 2013
Nichols Gallery and The Kallick Family Gallery, Pitzer College Art Galleries
Artists: John Akomfrah, Cheryl Dunye, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Lyle Ashton Harris, Zanele Muholi, Mwangi Hutter, Andrew Putter, Mickalene Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems
GLYPHS: ACTS OF INSCRIPTION builds on the premise that identities are constituted through acts of inscription—real or imagined—into the visual archives that constitute history, popular iconographies and artistic canons. GLYPHS probes the consequences of such acts on the poetic and political dimensions of representation, difference and visibility.
The exhibition program is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Pitzer College Art Galleries, the Pasadena Art Alliance, the Pitzer College Forum Fund, the Murray Pepper & Vicki Reynolds Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist & Scholar Lecture Series Endowed Fund and the Endowed Fund for Media Studies.
For more information visit the GLYPHS website.
Tags: Andrew Putter, Carrie Mae Weems, Cheryl Dunye, Fall 2013, John Akomfrah, Kallick Gallery, Lyle Ashton Harris, Mickalene Thomas, Mwangi Hutter, Nichols Gallery, Past Exhibitions, Renée Mussai, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Ruti Talmor, Zanele Muholi