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In Search of an Exit opens 4/7 at Heritage Square Museum!

The sassy students of USC Roski School of Art and Design and the MA in Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program present In Search of an Exit (or Eight Characters in a Parlor), a group exhibition of time-based artworks about the human condition at the Heritage Square Museum! We love that they reached out to us and are promoting thier upcoming show!

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The works in the exhibition present situations where individuals or groups of people find themselves in a space and have to negotiate their existence within pre-established and external conditions. Inspired by Jean Paul Sartre’s 1944 play No Exit, the exhibition considers themes of time, existence, freedom, and collectivity through time-based work. The structure of a given environment is a pervasive yet ever-evolving stimulus of human behavior capable of catalyzing a spectrum of reactions, from cultural resistance to immersion. The works in this exhibition, a selection of video installations, sound works, and performances, address the adaptability of the human condition in response to external circumstances.

Sergio de la Torre Nuevo Dragon City, 2008 Video still Courtesy of the artist and Kadist Art Foundation

Sergio de la Torre
Nuevo Dragon City, 2008
Video still
Courtesy of the artist and Kadist Art Foundation

The exhibition will take place at the Heritage Square Museum—a living history museum featuring nineteenth-century buildings from Southern California—a choice of location that highlights the human impulse to preserve artifacts. As the characters in No Exit questioned the peculiarity of their surroundings (a Second Empire-style parlor room), the twenty-first-century artworks stimulate a similar assessment of the three Victorian-era houses into which they are placed. The unique setting additionally highlights the prevalence of the built environment and the effects of architecture as preoccupations for many of the artists in the exhibition.

Patricia Esquivias 111-119 Generalísimo/Castellana, 2014 Video still Courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York

Patricia Esquivias
111-119 Generalísimo/Castellana, 2014
Video still
Courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York

The participating artists of In Search of an Exit (or Eight Characters in a Parlor) are Basma Alsharif (b.1983, Kuwait), Jordi Colomer (b.1962, Barcelona), Patricia Esquivias (b.1979, Caracas), Emiliano Rocha Minter (b.1990, Mexico City), Miller Robinson (b.1992, Lodi, California), Barbara T. Smith (b.1931, Pasadena), Sergio de la Torre (b.1967, San Diego), and Clarissa Tossin (b.1973, Porto Alegre).

Basma Alsharif We Began By Measuring Distance, 2009 Video still Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Imane Fares

Basma Alsharif
We Began By Measuring Distance, 2009 Video still
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Imane Fares

The exhibition will be on view at Heritage Square Museum located at 3800 Homer Street in Los Angeles. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 11:30am-4:30pm, April 10th – May 3rd, 2015. An opening reception will be held on April 7th, from 6pm – 9pm. Exhibition website: insearchofanexit.wordpress.com

Program Information, MA Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program:

In Search of an Exit (or Eight Characters in a Parlor) is the practicum exhibition for the 2015 candidates in the MA Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program, an intensive Master’s-level program in the practice and history of curating studied through the lens of critical theory and the history of art.

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