Unsettled focuses on work by artists living and/or working in the Greater West, a super-region that broadens conventional definitions of the West. It is bounded from Alaska to Patagonia, and from Australia to the American West. Though ranging across thousands of miles, these comparative Wests share similar histories born of collision between indigenous and frontier cultures. They also share common concerns of land and water use, harvest and extraction, and the preservation of natural beauty and wide-open space.

The geographic focus of Unsettled begins in Alaska and continues down the west coast of North America, through Central America, concluding in Colombia. Unsettled features 200 art objects from this region, ranging from Pre-Columbian art 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 superregion. Work in the exhibition responds to the Greater West’s legacies of colonialism, conflict, and changing landscape. It also explores the unsettled edges of cultural and creative production in the Greater West.

This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of these sponsors:

Premier Sponsor: Louise A. Tarble Foundation

Lead Sponsor: Wayne and Miriam Prim

Major Sponsor: Anne Brockinton Lee; Stacie and Charles N. Mathewson; Mercedes-Benz of Reno; RBC Wealth Management and City National Bank

Supporting Sponsors: Kathie Bartlett; Barbara and Tad Danz; Brian and Nancy Kennedy; Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation

Sponsors: Anonymous; Elaine Cardinale; Denise and Tim Cashman; John C. Deane; Dolan Lexus; Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation; Keith B. and Sheila Burns McWilliams; Maureen Mullarkey and Steve Miller; Tammy M. and Brian E. Riggs; Piper Stremmel and Chris Reilly

Nicholas Galanin, Things Are Looking Native, Native’s Looking Whiter, 2012

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Solplano, 2011. Custom-made LED screen, computerized surveillance tracking system, fluid dynamic algorithms (Navier Stokes, fractal flames, reaction diffusion and Perlin noise), aluminum, stainless steel, glass, diam: 55 7/8 inches, d: 6 11/16 inches. The Aldala Collection of Diamond- Newman Fine Arts, LLC. © Antimodular and bitforms gallery.

Ed Ruscha, Lost Empires, Living Tribes, 1984, Oil on canvas, 64 x 64 inches. The Marciano Collection, Los Angeles. © Ed Ruscha.

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