Trinidad: Joy Station (solo exhibition)
Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles CA 90036
January 27 — May 12, 2019
Trinidad: Joy Station draws from the archive of Buckminster Fuller’s designs, and from the fleeting communal experiment of Drop City, Colorado as it engages in dialogue with speculative thought, nomadism, and Spinozian joy. The geometric structures of assembled steel segments speak of immigrant labor, industrialization, the destruction of the environment, and space travel, as well as multicultural interiors that reference the coexistence of diverse cultural perspectives, and the survival of indigenous peoples (and of humans) in the future.
Image Credit: Gina Clyne, courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council.
Featuring work from the Mario Cader-Frech collection
Ritter Art Gallery: February 1 – March 16, 2019
Schmidt Center Gallery: February 15 – April 6, 2019
Opening: 6:30pm, Thursday, February 14, 2019
Curated by Claire Breukel, Black Mirror features contemporary works by underrepresented as well as established artists from El Salvador and it’s vast diaspora. Offering unique perspectives on everyday life in El Salvador, as well as the impact of migration, these artists use humor, irony, satire and play as tactics to address complex subjects such as gang violence, domestic violence, death, and other after effects of the Salvadoran Civil War. Representing trade, street culture, actions, activations, and the human form, Black Mirror explores the controversial concept of a “Third World” city highlighting its under-recognized strengths, disadvantages and associated stereotypes. Although considered derogatory, the term “Third World” is re-appropriated here in order to acknowledge the pervasive labor, trade, education, political and social disparities that still exist between the ‘west”, and specifically the United States, and Central American countries
Image: Black Mirror at Cerritos College Art Galleries, photo credit: James McDevitt.
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
608 New York Avenue
Sheboygan, WI 53081
March 24 – September 19, 2019
In 2019, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center is inviting twelve artists to construct their own autotopographies or self-representations as material and tactical acts of personal reflection, drawing from life events and cultural identity. The concept of autotopography emerges from the Kohler Art Center’s ongoing mission to investigate artist-built environments, as visual records and intimate understandings of history and place in the world. Curated by Karen Patterson.
Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368
April 7 — August 19, 2019
Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas brings together contemporary artists from across the Americas who have tapped into science fiction’s capacity to imagine new realities, both utopian and dystopian. Science fiction offers a unique artistic landscape in which to explore the colonial enterprise that shaped the Americas and to present alternative perspectives speculating on the past and the future. In the works featured in the exhibition, most created in the last two decades, artists employ the imagery of science fiction to suggest diverse modes of existence and represent “alienating” ways of being in the world. The exhibition offers a groundbreaking account of the intersections among science fiction, techno-culture, and the visual arts.
Mundos Alternos is organized by UCR ARTS at the University of California, Riverside, and curated by Robb Hernández, Assistant Professor of English at UCR; Tyler Stallings, Director of the Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion at Orange Coast College, and former Artistic Director of the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts at UCR ARTS; and Joanna Szupinska-Myers, Senior Curator at the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTS. The traveling iteration is organized by Hitomi Iwasaki, Director of Exhibitions and Curator at the Queens Museum and Joanna Szupinska-Myers.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth and Council.