The Pomona College Museum of Art is pleased to announce two new exhibitions, Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects To Join His Art Practice, and Kirsten Everberg: In a Grove, 45th in the Museum’s acclaimed Project Series program.
Both exhibitions will be on view from January 22 through April 14, 2013. An opening reception will be held at the Museum on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 5 to 7pm.
Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice
Nuance of Sky unites the work of Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds with historic Native American art objects from the collection of the Pomona College Museum of Art in an exhibition curated by Heap of Birds. Nuance of Sky explores the spiritual significance of blue and asserts the enduring presence of Native culture in contemporary life and art. The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalog.
Edgar Heap of Birds is an artist, writer, educator, curator and tribal leader. Recognized for some of the earliest, and most powerfully political, art by a Native American artist, he pursues a multi-disciplinary practice combining the textual and the visual in installations, paintings, prints, drawings and monumental sculpture. Using art as a cultural tool and weapon, Heap of Birds reclaims elements of the past to communicate a narrative in which Native culture carries on, like the passage of sky overhead and flowing water below.
The exhibition, as conceptualized by Heap of Birds, places paintings, monoprints, and sculptures by the artist in dialogue with objects from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Plains beadwork, Navajo turquoise and Pomo feather basketry. The Native American artworks, or spirit objects, come from the permanent collection of the Pomona College Museum of Art and vary widely in terms of tribal heritage, function, date and materials used. For the exhibition, the artist created four new monoprint suites commenting on the role of the artist and the impact of collections and archives.
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Kirsten Everberg: In a Grove
Kirsten Everberg: In a Grove will consists of a new suite of four paintings and four drawings based on Everberg’s exploration of the Japanese crime drama Rashomon (1950) by filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.
Based loosely on Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s 1922 short story In a Grove, the classic film Rashomon uses a fragmented, nonlinear and visually hallucinatory narrative to show the shifting nature of truth. The tale centers around a rape and murder told from four different and contradictory points of view. Everberg’s four paintings are titled after the four characters: Bandit, Ghost, Wife and Woodcutter. Says Everberg: “Kurosawa’s film speaks to my interest in memory, multiple histories, and the construction and resonance of space. The shimmering moments of light and the glaring shots into the sun all contribute to an abstraction I relate to in my own work, where distortion of space and time forces questions on the nature of perception.”
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The exhibition of Kirsten Everberg’s work is the 45th exhibition in the Pomona College Museum of Art’s Project Series. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition and includes an essay by art historian Gloria Sutton and an introduction by curator Rebecca McGrew.
The Project Series is funded in part by the Pasadena Art Alliance.
About the Pomona College Museum of Art
The Pomona College Museum of Art, located in Claremont, California, is the site of an active program of temporary exhibitions throughout the academic year. These include regular faculty and student shows, as well as historical and contemporary exhibitions designed to complement the College’s curricula and to expose students to as wide a variety of works of art as possible. All exhibitions open with public receptions and include lectures and related programs for the College community.