christy roberts berkowitz – Lauren Bon – Gerald Clarke – Noé Montes – Samantha Morales Johnson – Stuart Palley – Lorene Sisquoc

February 15 – May 19, 2024

Reception: February 17 | 6 PM – 9 PM

Conduit is an exciting new exhibit that uncovers how water influences every aspect of our modern lives. Inspired by our recently opened permanent exhibit Built on Water and guest curated by Debra Scacco, this exhibit will critically examine the tension between urban growth and the natural world.

Cities world-wide are built around water sources, and the same is true of our own city. The rivers, lakes, wetlands and streams that sustained Indigenous peoples have undergone dramatic transformations, and have been dammed, piped and diverted beyond recognition. Some, like the Santa Ana River, are corseted in concrete to support urban expansion while stripping the river of her strength, and attempting to force the natural world to accommodate the human needs of growing communities.

Noé Montes, Pyrite Channel, Archival inkjet print, 2019.