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The Pomona College Museum of Art Presents "The New Normal" and Project Series 38

The Pomona College Museum of Art is set to open two new exhibitions on August 25. “The New Normal” is a traveling exhibition of contemporary artworks that reflect the state of privacy in the world today, and “Project Series 38: Constance Mallinson” features life-size oil paintings that depict figurative imagery using decaying and rotten natural materials.

The exhibitions will run from August 25 through October 18 with an opening reception on Saturday, September 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. Other exhibition events include an Artist Lecture with Trevor Paglen on Wednesday, October 14, at 4:15 p.m. in Lyman Hall (Thatcher Music Building, 340 N. College Ave.); a panel discussion on “The Public and Private in Media” on Wednesday, September 23 at 4:15 p.m.; and a public lecture by Constance Mallinson about her work on Wednesday, September 16, at 2 p.m. at the Museum.

“The New Normal” 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 exhibition 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 and will travel through July 2010.

“Project Series 38” premieres Mallinson’s new paintings, which examine how we construct meaning from nature in an increasingly urbanized world. In a richly detailed, highly rendered trompe l’oeil style—a painting technique that gives the illusion of three-dimensional photographic reality—Mallinson’s newest works combine the beautiful and the grotesque in equally unsettling and intriguing measure. The life-size oil paintings—on paper or plywood—depict figurative imagery ranging from a pile of twisted dead branches resembling severed limbs to an exacting recreation of Édouard Manet’s 1863 seminal painting Olympia from natural materials reminiscent of the style of 16th-century Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo.

The Project Series, organized by Museum Curator Rebecca McGrew, presents Southern California artists in focused exhibitions. The purpose of the series is to bring to Pomona College art that is experimental; that introduces new forms, techniques or concepts.

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