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The Pomona College Museum of Art presents the traveling exhibition “T he New Normal” from August 25 to October 18\, 2009\, with opening reception Saturday\, September 12 5-7pm.

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The exhibition brings together thirteen recent artworks that use privat e information as raw material and subject matter. Although the concept of privacy is widely invoked\, it is difficult to define. The private sphere encompasses domestic spaces\, bodies\, thoughts\, communications\, and beh aviors—contexts that are usually rendered inaccessible to the public eye b y legal\, social\, and physical boundaries. The practices that demarcate t he private sphere are so much a part of the fabric of everyday life—wearin g clothing\, politely pretending not to overhear a cell-phone conversation —that they only become noticeable when they shift\, making the private sph ere visible to the public eye. Privacy\, to put it bluntly\, captures our attention only when it is under threat.

Each of the works in “The New Normal”—video\, Web sites\, sculpture\, artist’s books\, found ob jects\, and photographs—grants access to the private sphere of the artists themselves\, of strangers\, and of public officials. Overall\, the exhibi tion creates a sense that access to private information is a kind of curre ncy\, the exchange of which is growing and evolving in bewildering ways. We may find it frightening or fascinating\, but we are all inescapably compl icit in it.

The New Normal is a traveling exhibition co-orga nized by iCI (Independent Curators International)\, New York\, and Artists Space\, New York\, and circulated by iCI. The guest curator for the exhib ition is Michael Connor. The exhibition\, tour\, and catalogue are made po ssible\, in part\, with funding to iCI from The Horace W. Goldsmith Founda tion\, the iCI independents\, The Cowles Charitable Trust\, and The Overbr ook Foundation\; and to Artists Space from the Starry Night Fund of the Ti des Foundation\, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs\, the Da vid S. Howe Foundation\, the John S. Johnson and Susan R. Short Foundation\ , Yvon Lambert\, the supporters of the Artists Space Publications Program\ , and the British Council.

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