Unsettled

Unsettled amasses 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 has created a bespoke, commissioned scent, Unsettled Eau de Parfum, available for purchase in the Museum Shop. A major publication also accompanies the exhibition and serves as the field guide for the 2017 Art + Environment Conference. Published by Hirmer Verlag and designed by Brad Bartlett, Unsettled comprises 224 pages and features 110 color images.

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Download the Press Release.

Download the Artist List.

Exhibition tour schedule for Unsettled:
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, August 26, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, Alaska, April 6 – September 9, 2018
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California, October 27, 2018 – February 18, 2019

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

Premier Sponsor: Louise A. Tarble Foundation

Lead Sponsor: Wayne and Miriam Prim

Major Sponsors: 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; Lannan Foundation; Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation

Sponsors: Anonymous; Elaine Cardinale; Denise and Tim Cashman; John C. Deane; Dolan Lexus; Gagosian; 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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