Project Description

Unsettled 2017-19

Curated by JoAnne Northrup with Ed Ruscha
Nevada Museum of Art, August 26, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Anchorage Museum of Art, April 20 – September 9, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum, October 27, 2018 – April 30, 2019

One the top 20 exhibitions in America in 2018 according to Hyperallergic, Unsettled amassed 200 artworks by 80 artists living and/or working in a super-region we call the Greater West, a geographic area that stretches from Alaska to Patagonia, and from Australia to the American West. Though ranging across thousands of miles, this  region shares many similarities: vast expanses of open land, rich natural resources, diverse indigenous peoples, colonialism, and the ongoing conflicts that inevitably arise when these factors coexist.

The specific geographic focus of Unsettled begins in Alaska and continues down the west coast of North America, through Central America, concluding in Colombia.  Works included span 2,000 years, ranging from Pre-Columbian to modern and contemporary art. Organized by Curatorial Director and Curator of Contemporary Art JoAnne Northrup with Collaborating Curator, iconic Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha, Unsettled makes connections among the diverse cultures and artistic practices of this super-region.

As part of the exhibition, artist and perfumer Bruno Fazzolari created a bespoke, commissioned scent, Unsettled Eau de Parfum.

A major publication accompanied the exhibition and the American Alliance of Museums awarded this catalog the The Frances Smyth-Ravenel (”Franny”) Prize for Excellence in Publication Design.

The second time this prize was awarded for an exhibit by JoAnne Northrup at the Nevada Museum of Art.

This exhibition traveled to the Anchorage Museum of Art and the Palm Springs Art Museum. © Nevada Museum of Art 2017

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