An Art Opening and Performance by Lita Albuquerque
Sunday, January 24
4 to 6 p.m.
Performances will be held at 4:10 p.m. and 5:10 p.m.
Opening remarks by Provost Michael Quick at 4:50 p.m.
USC Fisher Museum of Art
University Park Campus
Admission is free. Reservations required. Space for performances is limited. RSVP at the links below.
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Parking is complimentary with presentation of your reservation email confirmation. Please enter at Gate 5 on Jefferson Blvd. and McClintock Ave. Parking will be in Structure A.
“Light carries information.”—Lita Albuquerque
Internationally acclaimed artist Lita Albuquerque returns to the USC Fisher Museum with an exhibition and performance that will inspire you to question your ideas about time and place. Using live sound, video projections, performers, and objects, Albuquerque invites you to witness her ongoing practice of making new myths.
Albuquerque emerged in the art scene as part of the 1970s Light and Space and Land Art movements. She has since expanded to engage in a wide range of performative, sculptural, and painterly interventions. Her unique visual and conceptual vocabulary draws on the earth, color, the body, motion, and time to illuminate identity as part of the universal. Her new exhibition will open with a performance that acts as a transition from the everyday into the otherworldly. In all three spaces of the Fisher Museum, the evening will begin in darkness. Singers, arranged according to Orion, the winter constellation over the Los Angeles sky, will stand on elevated platforms and begin whispering and humming to create a vibratory language that echoes throughout the galleries. Performers will sing and dance to in unison with the main film of 20/20: Accelerando, with choreography by Jasmine Albuquerque, star language by Cassandra Bickman, and music by Robbie C. Williamson. Albuquerque’s multimedia performance continues her myth-making process that creates new feelings of discovery and questions the visitor’s sense of time and location in an environment that blurs past, present, and future.
Albuquerque’s work has previously been seen in the USC Fisher Museum in the 1983 exhibition Abhasa: Image Bearing Light, a collaboration with architect Robert Kramer and composer Harold Budd. 20/20 Accelerando will be on view from January 24 through April 10, 2016.
About the Artist:
Since the early 1970s, Lita Albuquerque (born 1946, Santa Monica) has created an expansive body of work, ranging from sculpture, poetry, painting, and multimedia performance to ambitious site-specific ephemeral projects in remote locations around the globe. She is often associated with the Light and Space and Land Art movements.
Albuquerque represented the United States at the Sixth International Cairo Biennale, where she was awarded the top prize. She has also been the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant for Stellar Axis: Antarctica, which culminated in the first and largest ephemeral artwork created on that continent; three NEA Art in Public Places awards; an NEA individual fellowship; a fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation; and MOCA’s Distinguished Women in the Arts Award. Her work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty Trust, the Whitney Museum of American Art, LACMA, and MOCA, among others.
Organized by the USC Fisher Museum of Art.