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Clarissa Tossin video still: Ch’u Mayaa, 2017

Clarissa Tossin: Ch’u Mayaa

October 11, 2019–January 5, 2020

Clarissa Tossin’s Ch’u Mayaa questions the forms of cultural appropriation in modernist architecture. Tossin focuses on Mayan Revival style as it manifested in Los Angeles during the early 20th century and sets the work in the Hollyhock House (built 1919–1921), a private home in Los Angeles designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Working with the choreographer and performer Crystal Sepúlveda, Tossin based Ch’u Mayaa’s choreography and movements on the gestures and poses represented in Mayan ceramics and murals. 

Green Room, detail, Kyung Woo Han

Green Room

August 16–September 8, 2019
With wit and humor, Kyung Woo Han challenges the assumption that video is an artistic medium of faithfully representing truth.
Fragile Earth Gelatin print by Tom Young

Fragile Earth

July 19–November 10, 2019

The impact of human action on the earth has increased dramatically in the past 50 years. This installation, organized to coincide with Smith College’s Year on Climate Change, features a selection of works from the SCMA collection created between the early 1970s and mid-2000s that focus on the intersection of human life and our environment. 

Isla (detail), 2014. Aurora Robson

Plastic Entanglements

February 8–July 28, 2019

The story of plastic is as complex as the polymer chains that make up its unique material properties. Plastic Entanglements brings together sixty works by thirty contemporary artists to explore the environmental, aesthetic, and technological entanglements of our ongoing love affair with this paradoxical, infinitely malleable substance. Both miraculous and malignant, ephemeral yet relentlessly present, plastic infiltrates our global networks, our planet, and even our bodies.

Alma Thomas, American, 1891–1978. Morning in the Bowl of Night, 1973. Acrylic on canvas.

Alma Thomas: The Light of the Whole Universe

July 27, 2018–December 1, 2019
This gallery installation centers on a recent SCMA acquisition, Alma Thomas' 1973 painting Morning in the Bowl of Night, and features artworks from the permanent collection that are largely from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.