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Saturday, September 13

Sunday, September 14

Burning Down the House: Ellen Brooks, Jo Ann Callis, Eileen Cowin

Pasadena Museum of California Art

490 East Union St., Pasadena, CA 91101

12:00pm to 5:00pm

Burning Down the House: Ellen Brooks, Jo Ann Callis, Eileen Cowin brings together work by these three contemporary artists for the first time. Long known for using photography to narrative ends, Brooks, Callis, and Cowin, who emerged simultaneously in 1970s Southern California, challenge both the role of women and their chosen medium in multi-layered, provocative images. Taking its title from the eponymous Talking Heads song, the exhibition features a series of photographs from the 1970s to the early 2000s. Their photographic tableaux are like illicit reveries and performances—"shakedown dreams in broad daylight," as the Talking Heads might have called them—that reflect a multitude of private torments and obsessions. Ranging from small individual photographs to large-scale sequences comprised of several prints, the installation freely intermixes work by the three artists, exploring issues of female identity, relationship, intimacy, domestic conflict, and gender performance.

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Stas Orlovski: Chimera

Pasadena Museum of California Art

490 East Union St., Pasadena, CA 91101

12:00pm to 5:00pm

Long fascinated by sources such as the Soviet-era children's books from his own childhood, Japanese prints, and Dutch botanical illustration, Stas Orlovski has mined this vocabulary of images, ideas, and motifs for his drawings, collages, paintings, and prints. For Stas Orlovski: Chimera—using the magical projections of the 18th and 19th century Phantasmagoria shows as a point of inspiration—he creates a moving drawing where disparate histories, events, and dreams collide.

The installation is accompanied by an atmospheric sound piece composed by Steve Roden specifically for Stas Orlovski: Chimera, collaged, much like the installation, from collected sounds related to the creation of the work—such as chalk dropping to the floor, tape being dispensed, and the sound of birds chirping outside the artist's studio, along with instruments—both acoustic and electronic.

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Tuesday, September 16

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