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The Pomona College Museum of Art Presents "The New Normal"

The Pomona College Museum of Art announces the opening of the traveling exhibition The New Normal, an exhibition of contemporary artworks that reflect the state of privacy in the world today. Touring April 2008 through June 2010, The New Normal will be on view at the Pomona College Museum of Art in Claremont, California, August 25 - October 18, 2009 with an opening reception Saturday, September 12, from 5 – 7 p.m.

Programming for The New Normal also includes an Artist Lecture with Trevor Paglen, Wednesday, October 14, 4:15 p.m.; Lyman Hall (Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave, Claremont, CA), co-sponsored by the Scripps College Humanities Institute, immediately followed with a reception hosted by The Intercollegiate Media Studies of the Claremont Colleges), and a panel discussion on “The Public and Private in Media,” Wednesday, September 23, 4:15 p.m.; Lyman Hall (Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave, Claremont, CA), co-sponsored by The Intercollegiate Media Studies of the Claremont Colleges.

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 New Normal is an exhibition that brings together 13 artists who use private information as raw material and subject matter. Each of the works in the exhibition offers access to the private sphere of the artists themselves, of strangers, and of public officials. The works take diverse forms—video, websites, novellas, found objects, and photographs—to question the forced and voluntary confessions that make the private sphere visible to the public eye.

The artists include Sophie Calle, Mohamed Camara, Hasan Elahi, Eyebeam R & D/ Jonah Peretti and Michael Frumin, Kota Ezawa, Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher, Guthrie Lonergan, Jill Magid, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Trevor Paglen, Corinna Schnitt, Thomson & Craighead, and Sharif Waked.

The New Normal is co-organized by iCI, New York, and Artists Space, New York, and circulated by iCI. Curated by Michael Connor, the exhibition premiered at Artists Space in New York, the exhibition will travel through July 2010 with presentations at Huarte Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Huarte, Spain; The Decker Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland; the Bureau for Open Culture, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, Ohio; and the Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The exhibition, tour, and catalogue are made possible, in part, by the iCI independents.

About the Curator
Michael Connor is a freelance writer and curator based in New York. He is currently developing a permanent exhibition to open at the Australian Center for the Moving Image in Melbourne in late 2008. Formerly the Head of Exhibitions at the British Film Institute, he developed the BFI Southbank Gallery, a space dedicated to exhibitions of artists' work with film, video and new media.

Publication
The exhibition is accompanied by a 72-page illustrated catalogue co-published by Artists Space and iCI, and distributed by D.A.P. It includes essays by curator Michael Connor, Clay Shirky, and Marisa Olson.

About Artists Space
One of the first alternative spaces in New York, Artists Space was founded in 1972 to support contemporary artists working in the visual arts, including video, electronic media, performance, architecture and design. The mission of Artists Space is to encourage experimentation, diversity and dialogue in contemporary arts practice, provide an exhibition space for new art and artists, and foster an appreciation for the vital role that artists play in our community.

About iCI
Founded in 1975, iCI is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through traveling exhibitions and other activities that reach a diverse national and international audience. Collaborating with a wide range of eminent curators, iCI develops innovative traveling exhibitions, accompanied by catalogues and other educational materials, to introduce and document challenging new work in all mediums by younger as well as more established artists from the United States and abroad.

About Pomona College
The fine art collections of Pomona College are housed in the Pomona College Museum of Art, at the Montgomery Art Center, which was inaugurated in 1958 and named for the late Gladys K. Montgomery, Pomona trustee and Los Angeles civic leader. 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.

For additional information or visual materials, contact Mary Derr, 212-254-8200, ext. 21 or press@ici-exhibitions.org. Visit iCI’s website at www.ici-exhibitions.org.