Claremont Courier Announces Fall 2014 Exhibitions and Art After Hours

"Pomona College museum to host After Hours party," Claremont Courier

The Pomona College Museum of Art’s ongoing Art After Hours series will return with a Fall 2014 kickoff event on Thursday, September 4 from 5 to 11 p.m.

Guests will be invited to view the museum’s current exhibits, including Petrochemical America: Project Room, Project Series 49: Sam Falls, Allied Against AIDS: Sue Coe's AIDS Portfolio and Miniature Worlds: Chinese Snuff Bottles.

The celebration will head into full gear beginning at 9 p.m. with live music spun by a KSPC DJ, an ice cream sundae bar, raffles and prizes. The event is free and open to the public.

Petrochemical America is a traveling exhibition organized by the Aperture Foundation, which showcases a partnership between photographer Richard Misrach and landscape architect Kate Orff.

Their collaboration includes Mr. Misrach’s haunting photographs of the industrialized landscape of the Mississippi River Corridor that stretches from Baton Rouge to New Orleans—a place that first garnered attention as “Cancer Alley” because of unusually high reports of cancer and other diseases in the area. Ms. Orff’s contribution is an Ecological Atlas, a series of visual narratives or “throughlines.”

Sam Falls creates installations, paintings, photographs and sculptures that examine entropy, perception, time and the artistic process. In recent years, Mr. Falls has focused on the natural processes of decomposition and deterioration, including long-term effects of sunlight and weather as works gradually fade or rust.

Mr. Falls embraces the intersection of the natural, historical and digital. For example, a recent photographic series based on abandoned houses in Joshua Tree conflated photography, re-photography, digital manipulation and installation. His newest sculptures consist of brightly colored, folded sheets of aluminum coated with UV protective finish on the outside, and uncoated on the inside. These will gradually, and unpredictably, change over time.

He has also recently created “photograms” by leaving variously colored sheets of material, covered in objects, outside at his studio in Pomona, California. In “Project Series 49,” Mr. Falls will present a new site-specific installation investigating the complex nature of reality and the mutability of perception.

Allied Against AIDS: Sue Coe's AIDS Portfolio has been drawn from the permanent collection of the Pomona College Museum of Art. Ms. Coe is a painter, visual essayist, illustrator and social critic who through her work served as a “graphic witness” to social injustice.