Posted on December 19, 2021
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Three contemporary solo exhibitions will open in January at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum (AD&A Museum) at UCSB.
Harmonia Rosales 2021 photographed by Jeff McLane. (Courtesy of the artist and artist space UTA.)
Spanning time and space, the exhibits present reimagined stories in familiar settings, seen through the lenses and brushes of three female artists – photographers Mona Kuhn and Marion Post Wolcott, and painter Harmonia Rosales.
As Kuhn engages architect Rudolph Schindler through his protagonist muse, Wolcott revisits the alternative lifestyle that flourished in Isla Vista in the early 1970s, and Rosales intertwines Greek and Yoruba mythologies, reifying empowerment. of black women through Renaissance painting.
The show runs from January 19 to May 1. Admission to the AD&A Museum exhibitions is free.
The exhibition, composed of a new multimedia installation inspired by the collections of the museum’s Architecture & Design collection, tells the story of an unrequited love unfolding on different planes of time and space, captured by the sensitive lens from photographer Mona Kuhn.
The protagonist of the story is a mysterious woman, allegedly a former lover of Schindler, who longs for his presence as she sneaks into his dark, empty house. By adopting the techniques employed by the Surrealists during the era of the house’s construction, Kuhn explores the power of photography to play with its temporal and spatial senses.
Emphasis is also placed on the psychic and emotional drive of the fictional story by investing the Schindler House with its own unique phenomenological dimension. Corresponding to the elusive nature of the narrative, the show takes the form of large projections which, choreographed with original music, underline the immersive qualities of visual fiction.
Archival documents from the Schindler collection – the genesis of this innovative audiovisual project – complete the installation.
835 Kings Road is curated by the AD&A Museum and curated by Silvia Perea, Curator, Architecture and Design Collection in collaboration with Kuhn, composer Boris Salchow, Associate Professor of Theatrical Design Greg Mitchell and graphic designer Wonho Lee.
The exhibition has received support from Victoria Hendler Broom, Kai Loebach and Lee Miller, Sharyn and Bruce Charnas, Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin, Diana Miller and Brian Hershkowitz, and the Joseph S. Melchione Endowed Fund for Photography.
»Harmonia Rosales: Interlaced, from January 8 to May 1
This exhibition presents a new body of paintings by the famous Afro-Cuban artist Rosales that explores the orishas (Yoruba deities of West Africa) and their extraordinary stories of desire and beauty, envy and betrayal, endurance and hope.
Afro-Cuban tales mingle here with those of ancient Greek mythology whose gods, goddesses and heroes are as contradictory and capricious as the orishas. Harmonia Rosales: Entwined presents the evolution of the artist’s paintings from those that explicitly engage with Greek mythology to those where the associations are more subtle.
His art embraces and supplants Greek myths, creating a new vision of the Renaissance that highlights the power and beauty of black and Latin figures.
Harmonia Rosales: Entwined is organized by the AD&A Museum. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the artist by Helen Morales, professor of Hellenic studies at Argyropoulos, with Sophia Quach McCabe and Polyxeni Trikoulis.
The exhibition is co-sponsored by the departments of Classics, Religious Studies, Black Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies, History of Art and Architecture, as well as the Office of the Vice-Chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, the Capps Center, the Center for Black Studies Research, the Interdisciplinary Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts and the “Ancient Worlds, Modern Communities” initiative of the Society for Classical Studies.
Isla Vista: Resistance and Progress by Marion Post Wolcott, January 8-May 1; Marion Post Wolcott, May Day Demonstration, Isla Vista, 1974.
This exhibit features a rare series of color photographs that document the avant-garde lifestyle of Isla Vista (IV), an unincorporated neighborhood adjacent to the UCSB campus, during the 1970s – a marked time by frequent anti-war demonstrations and riots in the region.
Photographer Post Wolcott (Bloomfield, NJ, 1910-Santa Barbara, CA, 1990), is best known for her socially sensitive portrayal of the Depression Era for the Farm Security Administration between 1938 and 1942.
Thirty years later, after living long periods abroad and accompanying her husband on work-related assignments, Post Wolcott finds in IV not only a reflection of his progressive ideals, but the liberal atmosphere that encourages him to regain full control of their professional practice.
His photographs of the neighborhood honor the alternative world that local residents constructed for themselves in opposition to conservative social norms. Rather than capturing wide panoramas, Post Wolcott focuses on the details that convey the ethics of IV’s unique counterculture, from recycling factories and celebration banners to vegetarian restaurants and family festivals.
Vivid colors and warm light galvanize Post Wolcott’s textured landscape, infusing a positive vibe to the neighborhood’s visual history during its darker years. In addition to its documentary value, this series exhibits a striking artistic quality that helps raise Post Wolcott’s recognition as an artist from the 1970s onwards.
This exhibition is organized by the AD&A museum and curated by Silvia Perea, curator, Architecture and Design Collection. Thanks to Linda Wolcott Moore for donating this collection of photographs, as well as to Lucy Lu for her assistance in conservation.
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