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‘Unsettled’ Exhibition Makes Final Stop in Palm Springs

Detail from Ana Teresa Fernández's "Erasing the Border (Borrando la Frontera)," 2013. (John Wilson White / Phocasso, the Bedford Cherubino Collection)

Palm Springs Art Museum is the final venue for Unsettled, a sweeping presentation of contemporary art by more than 75 artists living or working in the Greater West. The fertile terrain of Unsettled is a “super region” that runs from the top of Alaska, through the North American West, and all the way down to Central America. In their work, the artists explore the geography of vast frontiers, rich natural resources, diverse indigenous peoples, and the inevitable conflicts that arise when these factors coexist. On view from October 27 through April 30, 2019, this provocative exhibition looks to the future while also honoring the past and those who created cultures and places millennia before it was declared ‘unsettled.’

Organized by the Nevada Museum of Art and curated by JoAnne Northrup, its Curatorial Director and Curator of Contemporary Art, in collaboration with legendary artist Ed RuschaUnsettled includes work that ranges from painting and sculpture to photography, performance, Twitter poems, and site-specific installations, spanning millennia, place, gender, and race, that through the eyes of artists tells the compelling, and evolving, story of the Greater West.

In addition to Ruscha, Unsettled features works by Gerard Murillo, Sonia Falcone, Ana Teresa Fernández, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, Edgar Arceneaux, Andrea Zittel, Nicholas Galanin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Agnes Pelton, and many other artists. “We are thrilled that 19 works from our own collection are featured in this important exhibition, including major pieces by Rufino Tamayo, Phillip K. Smith III, Mark Bradford, and Wendy Red Star,” says Elizabeth Armstrong, the JoAnn McGrath Executive Director of the Palm Springs Art Museum. The Palm Springs presentation marks the exhibition’s final public viewing following successful stops at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno and at the Anchorage Museum, Alaska.

“The notion of the Greater West as a new frontier serves as a call to action, awakening humankind’s most basic instincts to discover, explore, exploit, conquer, and tame,” says Brooke Hodge, Palm Springs Art Museum Director of Architecture and Design, who contributed an essay to the catalogue and serves as curator of the Palm Springs presentation. “The California desert is an especially fertile ground for these motivations, even as the encroachment of 21st century technology offers an unsettling vision for the future of a still largely unsettled landscape.”

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