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Pomona Museum of Art Shows Attracting Media Attention

John Divola, Zuma #9, 1978, 40 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

John Divola, Zuma #9, 1978, 40 x 50 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

The Pomona College Museum of Art’s newest exhibits, which just opened on Sept. 3, are already gathering media attention. 

In the New York Times, Roberta Smith named the retrospective of photographer John Divola, “John Divola: As Far As I Could Get,” among the 11 exhibitions “to look forward to” as the art season gets underway. In the Sept. 4 article, “Spanning Styles and the Globe: A Broad Selection of Noteworthy Art Exhibitions,” she highlighted his “lush photographs of vandalized beach cabins.” The retrospective spans three institutions over 150 miles. In the Los Angeles Times, Leah Ollman led her Sept 12 article, "Photography: Home-grown angle to three shows," with a description of Divola's work.

Pomona is exhibiting Divola’s Zuma series, photographs of an abandoned beach house in Malibu, 1977-78. Open to the elements, the property changed over time, altered by entropy and by human intervention. John Divola will give an “Artist’s Lecture” at the College on Sept. 26. The opening reception is Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. 

"As Far as I Could Get" is part of a collaborative project led by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art with the participation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Pomona College Museum of Art. Complementary exhibitions of Divola's work are on view at LACMA Oct. 6 – Feb. 2, and at SBMA Oct. 13 – Jan. 12.

KCET.org reviewer Meher McArthur focused on “Project Series 46: Hirokazu Kosaka: On the Veranda, Selected Works from 1969-1974,” in her article Infinite Maybes: The Liminal Spaces of Hirokazu Kosaka,” on Sept. 4. This is the first solo exhibition to examine Kosaka's early performance art and assemble documentation of this, and Meher notes that, “with photographs, films and several objects, the exhibition demonstrates the broad range of his artistic innovations during this period.” Among the pieces on view are photographs of Soleares, a performance piece that included his pilgrimage along the 1,000-mile ancient Buddhist route called “The 88 Temples” on the island of Shikoku. The series of photographs represents his transition into a “man of the cloth.”

Kosaka will present an archery demonstration and calligraphy workshop on Oct. 17, at 5:15 p.m., during the Museum’s Art After Hours event.

The Pomona College Museum of Art is also exhibiting “David Michalek: Figure Studies,” which applies the technology of high–speed HD video to the recording of specialized and non-specialized human movement. Through his work, Michalek explores the relationships between movement and art from both a scientific and aesthetic perspective.

In “Figure Studies” Michalek applies that method to bodies shaped by athletics, dance, labor, physical trauma and the passage of time. He selected a range of participants because “I wanted to show a diversity of the human form. Although the figures are unclothed, you are able to read social class and other things through the body.” Initially the subjects were asked to perform movements that demonstrate biomechanical categories (carrying, throwing, jumping and so on).

From Sept. 26 – Oct. 5, Pomona will also be present the Michalek’s award-winning video Slow Dancing, projected on the facade of Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College every evening.

* This story was updated with the Los Angeles Times link on Sept. 13, 2013.

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