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Pomona College Museum of Art Features "suddenly: where we live now," an Exhibition Exploring the Future Life of Cities

suddenly: where we live now will be on view from January 24 through April 12, 2009, at the Pomona College Museum of Art in Claremont. Exhibition curator Stephanie Snyder, director of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College, Portland, Oregon, will lead a walkthrough with participating artists on Saturday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m., immediately followed by an opening reception held at the Museum on Saturday, January 24 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

suddenly was born of German urban planner Thomas Sieverts’s observation that “the shaping of the landscape where we live can no longer be achieved by the traditional resources of town planning, urban design, and architecture. New ways must be explored, which are as yet unclear.”

In response to Sieverts’s observation, the exhibition—which is global in its scope and reach—seeks to imagine the possibilities of spaces and experiences that have an indigenous history (the parking lot, for instance), but that exist beyond historical definitions of city and countryside, and conventional material cycles of development and disuse. Through a myriad of representations, texts and activities that offer far-reaching symbolic and strategic alternatives to capitalism’s functionalist agendas, the artists and writers in this expansive global project are re-imagining the landscape where we live now as an independent identity to be reshaped in the hands and minds of its occupants.

suddenly includes a range of projects and media such as painting, photography and video, and also includes community-based activities such as communal dinners, spontaneous public lectures, and a city-wide poster initiative. The exhibition will evolve as it tours the world through 2012.

Among the events will be Michael Hebb’s multiple-day expedition (The Corridor Project), which will depart from the Pomona College Museum of Art in order to investigate the social and convivial potential of the I-5 freeway corridor as it makes its way to the Santa Ana River. Hebb and a group of explorers will establish “common tables” of sustenance and sociality in conduit spaces typically overlooked or abandoned. The expedition’s material artifacts—tables, chairs, dishes, etc.—and documentation of the journey will be installed in the exhibition upon their return. In another example, New York artist Marc Joseph Berg is creating a series of posters exploring the ‘meta data’ used to organize everyday life within the context of commercial photographic imagery—“stock” photography. Joseph’s posters explore how global capitalism translates its ideology to consumers. These posters will be freely distributed from the gallery, and hung across the Pomona College campus and throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

The Pomona College Museum of Art iteration of suddenly includes the following artists: photographer Marc Joseph Berg, New York; photographer Zoe Crosher, Los Angeles; filmmaker Michael Damm, Oakland; painter Molly Dilworth, Brooklyn; architect, landscape designer, and social practice artist Fritz Haeg, Los Angeles; sculptor and glass artist Elias Hansen, Tacoma; social practice artist Michael Hebb, Seattle; sculptor and photographer Frank Heath, Brooklyn; conceptual artists Hadley+Maxwell, Berlin; new media artist Michael McManus, Portland; social practice artist Mike Merrill, Portland; the collective Mostlandian Citizens Lady A. and Junior Ambassador, Portland; photographer Shawn Records, Portland; painter Storm Tharp, Portland; and sculptor and author Oscar Tuazon, Paris.

suddenly comprises a set of exhibitions curated by Stephanie Snyder, with an annotated reader edited by author Matthew Stadler, and a series of public events that attempt to re-imagine cityscapes with contemporary art, literature, and the conversations they spark. For more extensive project information, including event listings, audio recordings, and to order project publications, visit: www.suddenly.org.

The Pomona College Museum of Art is located at 330 N. College Avenue, Claremont. The Museum is open to the public free of charge Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (909) 621-8283 or visit the museum’s website at www.pomona.edu/museum.

The Pomona College Museum of Art’s holdings include the Kress Collection of 15th- and 16th-century Italian panel paintings; more than 5,000 examples of Pre-Columbian to 20th-century American Indian art and artifacts; and a large collection of American and European prints, drawings, and photographs, including works by Francisco de Goya, José Clemente Orozco, and Rico Lebrun. The Museum also serves as a widely acclaimed gallery for the display of temporary exhibitions.