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If Memory Serves: a Critical Curatorial Program Exhibition
UC Irvine
712 Arts Plaza
Irvine, CA 92697-2775


January 10th, 2013 - February 9th, 2013
Opening: 
January 10th, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
The Square, Cristina DavidCristina David, The Square,
2004, (detail) single channel video, 5:34
© Courtesy of the Artist
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Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.

- Marcel Proust

Continuing our Critical Curatorial Series, the UAG presents If Memory Serves, an interdisciplinary exhibition of international emerging artists. Conventionally, we understand memory as reflecting a coherent personal history. However, memory simultaneously produces an illusory chronicle — a paradoxical combination of what is lived and what is perceived. We might ask, therefore: what or whom does memory serve? As a response to this quandary, If Memory Serves examines the act of remembrance as both an individual and collective production. Through and across various mediums — including hyperrealist drawing, large-scale installation, abstract sculpture, narrative photography and film — the exhibited artworks ultimately uncouple memory from linear storytelling. In so doing, the difference between global versus local, private versus public, and the sublime versus the real are collapsed. As reconceived through these artworks, memory thus performatively binds the subject's "inner" and "outer" worlds in the most poetic form. Curated by Kellie Lanham, Isabel Theselius, and Allyson Unzicker.


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