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Ranu Mukherjee Dear Future Exhibition Opening and Conversation
October 8, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dear Future Exhibition Opening and Conversation
Saturday, October 8 | 5-8 PM
Reception 6:30-8:00 PM
18th Street Arts Center (Airport Campus)
3026 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica CA 90405
Free parking is available at: 3233 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (7 minute walk to gallery)
Join us for the opening celebration of Dear Future, Ranu Mukherjee’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, featuring a multi-channel hybrid film alongside mixed-media paintings informed by ruptures and imaginary forests. In conjunction with the opening Mukherjee will be in conversation with Stacey Harmer, Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at UC Davis, and moderated by Olivia Mole, artist, discussing the exhibition and Mukherjee’s recent work.
Plus, artists in residence at 18th Street Arts Center’s Airport campus will host open studios where visitors can see their exciting work in progress. In addition, Market Exchange vendors will be on site selling their artisanal goods.
This is an in-person event and masks will be required at all times inside the gallery. Please register in advance.
About Ranu Mukherjee
Ranu Mukherjee is an American artist of Indian and European descent. She makes hybrid work in painting, moving image, and installation to build new imaginative capacities, guided by the forces of ecology and non-human agency, diaspora and migration, motherhood, and transnational feminisms.
With her residency project Ensemble for Non-Linear Time, she works with dense imaginary forests as a protagonist, both in her solitary painting and with cast and workshop participants. In collaboration with choreographer Hope Mohr, their fall workshop series Imagining Futures engaged immigrant and refugee artists in somatic and visual explorations to connect with experiences of rupture as sources of expertise and imagination that often go unrecognized . An ensemble cast for performance and film works includes workshop artists Beatriz Escobar, Sunroop Kaur and Claudia Soares and dancers Belinda He, Irene Hsi and Karla Quintero. This work has been supported by 18th Street Arts Center, 836 M San Francisco, ARTogether Oakland, Bridge Live Arts, Gallery Wendi Norris and Montalvo Art Center.
About Stacey Harmer
Stacey Harmer is a Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at UC Davis. She was awarded a BA in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in Biochemistry at UC San Francisco. She then moved to a postdoctoral scholar position at the Scripps Research Institute. Her research focuses on the plant circadian clock, addressing both the molecular nature of the oscillator that generates daily rhythms and aspects of plant physiology affected by the circadian system. She is particularly interested in exploring relationships between clock, light, and growth signaling pathways. Her recognitions have included a Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellowship, an NIH National Research Service Award, an American Society for Photobiology New Investigator Award, the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences Faculty Research Award, and the UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellowship.
About Olivia Mole
Olivia Mole is an artist based in Los Angeles who works across disciplines including installation, performance, drawing and animation. She examines the ways in which popular culture serves historical and contemporary ideologies and explores ways in which those ideologies can become unfixed, politically and personally. She has participated in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Gattopardo, LAXART, JOAN Los Angeles, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive and Cloaca Projects, San Francisco, among others. Mole previously worked in art direction and set design for live action and animation production studios, including DreamWorks Animation, Warner Brothers, and the BBC.
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