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Upcoming Exhibition


September 17  December 9, 2018 
Unveiling and Opening Reception: September 16, 4 - 6 p.m.

The University Art Museum (UAM) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) presents Monument, a major artwork by artist lauren woods, to be “unveiled” on Sunday, September 16, 2018. The artist transforms the museum into a monument that prompts consideration of the cultural circumstances under which African-Americans have lost their lives to police brutality. The new-media monument is conceived to be nomadic and continually expanding, with the UAM installation serving as its launch. The project provides a space and vehicle to analyze the complex relationship between constructed race, material violence and structural power.

The study of language and case law is central to the artist’s examination of instances of police violence. Woods employs public requisition processes to look at coded language in legal documents to perform a comparative analysis of the details of these encounters. She identifies sets of narratives, analyzes them, and provides tools for visitors to analyze them too.

The heart of Monument is an interactive sound installation made up of a grid of black and white turntables topped with pressed acetate records. Black turntables feature recordings of dialogue captured by civilian witnesses, and white turntables feature recordings derived from case testimonies and other legal documents. Visitors are invited to place a needle on the record and activate the aural artwork. The sound is heard inside the museum space and simultaneously displaced outside the museum into locations unknown to the viewer. As they interact with the project, patrons become active participants in sonic intervention and engage in cultural constructions imbedded in law and language of these police encounters.

More information on Monument.

More information on lauren woods's monument projects, please view her Facebook project page.

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Upcoming Exhibition

Call and Response, When We Say... You Say

January 28 – April 14, 2019 

Call and Response, When We Say… You Say is a multi-disciplinary exhibition focused on selective works from UAM’s permanent collection guest curated by Slanguage Studio founders Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra, Jr. The exhibition will ask Slanguage artists and other community art organizations to respond to these pieces. The intent of this exhibition is to find intersections, value and resonance with the collection of artwork with new generations of audiences and the student population. The meaning of the exhibition title, Call and Response…, is inspired by this act in many cultures such as in tribal and indigenous, traditional religious, cultural rituals or in most contemporary practice in music genres such as Hip Hop. The act of call and response most importantly asks for an active participatory engagement of both the “caller” and “the responder” and it renders a democratic forum for discussion and civic engagement. It also creates an individualistic but also collective language of communication. The curatorial drive for the exhibition has been to select works that engages the six pedagogical points that Slanguage has developed in their organization: Intent, content, context, production, distribution and documentation and that is uses diverse use of genres.