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Beside the Edge of the World

Nov. 9, 2019Feb. 24, 2020
Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, Chandler Wing

 

Showcasing new work by artists selected for a yearlong collaboration with Los Angeles arts organization Clockshop, this exhibition marks the fourth year of The Huntington's /five initiative. Artists invited to participate in this year's project are Nina Katchadourian, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, and Rosten Woo, and writers Dana Johnson and Robin Coste Lewis, poet laureate for the city of Los Angeles. Each participant will create work based on research in The Huntington's collections investigating ideas of perfection and utopia using Thomas More's satirical work Utopia (1516) as a foundational text and starting point.

Support for this exhibition is provided by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, the Pasadena Art Alliance, and WHH Foundation.

Beside the Edge of the World is a Huntington Centennial Exhibition. The Huntington's Centennial Celebration is made possible by the generous support of Avery and Andrew Barth, Terri and Jerry Kohl, and Lisa and Tim Sloan.

Artists

Dana Johnson

Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California. Johnson's The Story of Biddy Mason (2016) retraces the parallel but contrasting early 20th-century Los Angeles of Henry E. Huntington and African American entrepreneur Biddy Mason. Her work has appeared in Zyzzyva, The Paris Review, Callaloo, The Iowa Review and Huizache, among other publications. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, Johnson is a professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Nina Katchadourian

Nina Katchadourian is an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes video, performance, sound, sculpture, photography, and public projects. Her projects often make a case for closer scrutiny of our everyday surroundings by creating situations that attempt to provoke and awaken a viewer’s curiosity.

Robin Coste Lewis

Robin Coste Lewis is Poet Laureate for the City of Los Angeles. She won the National Book award in 2015 for Voyage of the Sable Venus: and Other Poems.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz is an artist whose expanded moving image work relates to Boalian theater, experimental ethnography, and feminist thought. Her recent work is on the sensorial unconscious of anti-colonial movements and everyday poetic work in the Caribbean. She has received the Herb Alpert Arts Award, a USA Ford Fellowship, and a 2015 Creative Capital Visual Artist Grant.

Rosten Woo

Rosten Woo is an artist, designer, and writer living in Los Angeles. His projects aim to help people understand complex systems, reorient themselves to places, and participate in group decision-making. He is co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and winner of the 2016 National Design Award for institutional achievement. His book Street Value about race and retail urban development was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2009.

Collaboration

Founded in 2004 by artist and filmmaker Julia Meltzer, Clockshop is a multidisciplinary arts organization in Los Angeles that aims to shape the future of the city by providing agency to local artists and writers through commissioning artworks, curating inclusive public programs, and collaborating with other public institutions.

Nov. 9, 2019- Feb. 24, 2020, Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, The Huntington

Showcasing new work by artists selected for a yearlong collaboration with Los Angeles arts organization Clockshop, this exhibition marks the fourth year of The Huntington's /five initiative. Artists invited to participate in this year's project are Nina Katchadourian, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, and Rosten Woo, and writers Dana Johnson and Robin Coste Lewis, poet laureate for the city of Los Angeles. Each participant will create work based on research in The Huntington's collections investigating ideas of perfection and utopia using Thomas More's satirical work Utopia (1516) as a foundational text and starting point.

Stories

 
#5attheH
rosten woo reading walden at the huntington
 
Utopia is Nowhere
Portrait of Dana Johnson
 
Dana Johnson and Delilah Beasley
Detail of ship from Thomas More Utopia
 
News - Exhibition Takes a Fresh Look at 'Utopia' with New Works

About /five

About the /five initiative
2019: Beside the Edge of the World
2018: Rituals of Labor and Engagement
2017: COLLECTION/S: WCCW/five at The Huntington
2016: Orbit Pavilion

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