In Case We Don’t Die”, group show, Torrance Art Museum L.A.

30th March – 18th May 2013


Contact: Lisa DeSmidt, Event Coordinator, Torrance Art Museum
(310) 618-6342 LDeSmidt@TorranceCa.Gov

Torrance, Calif., February 28, 2013 – The Torrance Art Museum at the Joslyn Center (TAM) invites the public to attend an opening reception for new exhibitions on Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 6 – 9 p.m. From 8-9 p.m. there will be a live performance by Dreamers, who describe themselves as, “An electrical storm of punk rock and minimal techno.” The opening reception is free to the public and no RSVP is necessary. The TAM is located at 3320 Civic Center Drive in Torrance. The following exhibitions will be on view from Tuesday, April 2 – Saturday, May 18, 2013. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11a.m. to 5p.m.


Main Gallery:

In Case We Don’t Die (ICWDD)

These days potential catastrophes are everywhere you look. You can’t go outside or turn on the TV without reports of the world coming to an ‘End’ – global climate collapsing or terrorists planning new attacks. The world is so full of danger, threats, stress, overload and insecurity. Assuming that we, against all odds, survive the terrifying pitfalls of the future, is creativity going to be the thing that saves us? Will our imagination become an escape route, a place where we can hide, or will it be the one thing that forcefully confronts us with the truth and gives us the strength needed to make a change? What kind of art would a generation of unlikely survivors produce and where would they find their inspiration? What influence would surviving a catastrophe have on our values, ethics and our perception of truth and how might this situation visualize itself in the art of the future? This pressure coming from a hyper tense society of doom is having a massive impact on the art being produced by the artists who manage to keep up their practice and it is forcing others to remain passive or paralyzed while waiting for a change of current that may never come.

One of the ways in which you can see contemporary art adjusting to the current circumstances is the merger between art and social politics, manifested in movements such as the Occupy movement. New media and the social networks have made it possible for spontaneous online societies to form, spread and organize themselves, and staging real life, long term protests that resemble cultural events or art performances, but also represent a new kind of radical democracy that aims to “occupy the future” and resurrect the hope that’s been lost.

The ICWDD Project was created to instigate a discussion about future creative spaces, temporary creative communities and networks, the current relationship between art and social politics and the potential of the shared creative process.

Bibi Katholm, Artist & Curator, ICWDD

Featured works by:
Andreas Emenius (SE), Jacob Kirkegaard (DK), Devin Troy Strother (US), Paco Pomet (ES), Mie Olise (DK), Ida Kvetny (DK), Theis Wendt (DK), Bibi Katholm (DK), Monique Prieto (US), Christine Gray (US), Frohawk Two Feathers (US), Chris Natrop (US), Per Hüttner (SE), Troels Carlsen (DK), Mamma Andersson (SE), Mai Hofstad Gunnes (NO), Asger Carlsen (DK)

In Case We Don’t Die is sponsored in part by:
OCA Office For Contemporary Art Norway
Statens kunstråd. Danish Arts Council


Gallery 2:

Software: 21st Century Ceramics from Los Angeles

Danny First, Mitsuko Ikeno, Nobuhito Nishigawara, Brian Rochefort, Kim Tucker
Curated by Jason Ramos

Featuring works by:
Danny First, Mitsuko Ikeno, Nobuhito Nishigawara, Brian Rochefort, Kim Tucker


The Dark Room Video Gallery:

In Case We Don’t Die
Video Row and lobby sculpture by Peter Everett
The Torrance Art Museum is the premiere visual art space to view contemporary art in the South Bay. It is a program of the City of Torrance Cultural Services Division of the Community Services Department. The Cultural Services Division is responsible for City sponsored arts and culture initiatives held at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and throughout the City.

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