Posted on December 19, 2021
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Three solo contemporary exhibitions will open in January at UCSB’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum (AD&A Museum).
Harmonia Rosales 2021 photographed by Jeff McLane. (Courtesy of the artist and UTA Artist Space.)
Crossing 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 establishes a dialogue with architect Rudolph Schindler through his protagonist muse, Wolcott revisits the alternative way of life that flourished on Isla Vista in the early 1970s, and Rosales weaves together Greek and Yoruba mythologies, reifying the empowerment of black women through Renaissance painting.
The show runs from January 19 to May 1. Admission to AD&A Museum exhibits is free.
The exhibition, comprised of a new multimedia installation inspired by the holdings of the Museum’s architecture and design collection, tells the story of unrequited love unfolding on different planes of time and space, captured through the sensitive lens of photographer Mona Kuhn.
The story’s protagonist is a mysterious woman, supposedly a former lover of Schindler’s, who longs for his presence as she sneaks into her dark, vacant home. By adopting the techniques employed by the surrealists at the time of the construction of the house, Kuhn explores the power of photography to play with its temporal and spatial senses.
Also emphasizes the psychic and emotional impulse of the fictional narrative by investing the Schindler house with a phenomenological dimension of its own. Corresponding to the elusiveness 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 Theater Design Greg Mitchell and graphic designer Wonho Lee.
The exhibition 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 Endowment Fund for Photography.
» Harmonia Rosales: Entwined, January 8-May 1
This exhibition features a new body of paintings by renowned Afro-Cuban American artist Rosales that explores the orishas (Yorùbá 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 Renaissance visuality that highlights the power and beauty of black and Latin figures.
Harmonia Rosales: Entwined is organized by the AD&A Museum. The exhibition is curated in collaboration with the artist by Helen Morales, Professor of Hellenic Studies at Argyropoulos, with Sophia Quach McCabe and Polyxeni Trikoulis.
The exhibit is co-sponsored by the departments of Classical Studies, Religious Studies, Black Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies, History of Art and Architecture, and the Office of the Vice -Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Capps Center, the Center for Research in Black Studies, the Interdisciplinary Center for Humanities, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts and the “Worlds ancient, modern communities” 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, in the 1970s – a period marked by frequent anti-war demonstrations and riots in the region. .
The photographer, Post Wolcott (Bloomfield, NJ, 1910-Santa Barbara, CA, 1990), is best known for her socially sensitive Depression-era portrayal for the Farm Security Administration between 1938 and 1942.
Thirty years later, having lived long periods abroad and accompanied her husband on work-related missions, Post Wolcott finds in IV not only his progressive ideals reflected, but the liberal atmosphere that encourages him to take up the full control of their professional practice.
Her photographs of the neighborhood pay homage to the alternative world that local residents were building in opposition to conservative social norms. Rather than capturing sweeping panoramas, Post Wolcott focuses on the details that convey IV’s unique counterculture ethos, from recycling factories and celebratory banners to vegetarian restaurants and family festivals.
Bold colors and warm light galvanize the textured landscape of Post Wolcott, infusing a positive vibe into the neighborhood’s visual history during its darkest years. In addition to its documentary value, this series exhibits a striking artistic quality that helps elevate Post Wolcott’s recognition as an artist from the 1970s.
This exhibition is curated 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, and to Lucy Lu for her curatorial assistance.
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