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Artist and Curator Tours | Related to Jenny Yurshansky: Rinsing the Bones

September 30, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Rinsing the Bones Artist and Curator Tours
Saturday, September 30 | 1-4 PM
18th Street Arts Center Airport Campus
Propeller Gallery
3026 Airport Ave. Santa Monica

Join Karen Moss, curator, and Jenny Yurshansky, artist, for a special tour through Yurshansky’s exhibition Rinsing the Bones. Tours will take place on the hour, at 1, 2, 3 and 4 PM. 

About Rinsing the Bones
Jenny Yurshansky’s Rinsing the Bones, curated by Karen Moss, explores how generational displacement passes the embodied trauma of dislocation onto future generations. 

During the past two years, Yurshansky held a series of community-based workshops in the greater Los Angeles area for participants to tell their migration story, whether it be personal or ancestral. The resulting materials formed the foundation of the exhibition featuring all new works, including an installation scale quilt comprised of illustrated family narratives; audio testimonials in the form of playable, eroding, X-ray film records; bone-like 3D-printed sculptures of  participant’s treasured handheld heirlooms; and photograms resembling airport X-rays. During the exhibition, the public is invited to share migration histories, excavate memories held in the body, and explore inter-generational trauma. Yurshansky provides opportunities for healing and empathy, creating a safe space for visitors to add their voices to the “unfolding narratives” they may discover through this communal social fabric.

Born stateless to Soviet refugees, Yurshansky’s personal experiences led her to research the shared pain, loss, and trauma of displaced persons. Rinsing the Bones examines the patterns of migration’s repercussions and offers ways for people to translate that experience and connect themselves to that ordeal through the stories of their families. The artist focuses on the gaps resulting from displacement and the difficulty with the word “home” as an uncertain location outside the frame of nostalgia.


September 30, 2023
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Santa Monica, CA 90405 United States
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