Neither the season’s light rains nor the recent torrential downpours can quench California’s three-year drought. As water restrictions in cities parallel cuts to agricultural supply, the scant rainfall will continue to have profound implications on the lives and livelihoods of California residents. The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery’s third annual intern-curated exhibition, Drowning in Drought: Selections from the Scripps College Collections, explores varying conditions in California and elsewhere, from the vastness of the parched desert dunes to misty ocean waves.
Curated by Scripps students, Wilson interns Kaela Nurmi and Katie Shulman and Turk intern Bonnie Siler, the interns were in charge of every aspect of creating an exhibition, from coming up with the concept to choosing the works, to staging an opening (held March 26). The exhibition ends April 11. The gallery is located in the Millard Sheets Art Center / Lang Hall at Scripps College, 250 E. 12th St., between Columbia and Dartmouth avenues. The exhibition is open to the public and admission is free (9 am to noon; 1:30 to 4 Monday through Thursday). For more information, please contact the gallery at (909) 607-3397.
The exhibition features ten rarely displayed artworks selected from the expansive permanent collections at Scripps College. Works include pieces by influential female photographers Laurie Brown, Dody Weston Thompson, and Leslie Sokolow; a color lithograph by Franz Geritz; a Japanese woodblock print by Kawase Hasui; ceramic works by Hideaki Miyamura and pueblo artists; and a work in glass by Joel Philip Myers. The variety of media and artists reflect the wide-reaching theme, as drought touches the lives of every Californian as well as many beyond its borders.
Featured image on homepage: Franz Geritz Desert Patterns, 1937; Color lithograph on tissue paper; Scripps College, Claremont, CA