The show takes its title from a 1959 Donald A. Wollheim novel of the same name. In the book, evil colonialist curators display in vitrines captured members of various intergalactic cultures. Operating counter to this model of the curator as authoritarian cultural anthropologist, CCA's nine graduate student curators focus instead on works that deal in one way or another with ideas of time, space, and travel. The featured artworks are in a variety of media, from video and sound installations to (in the artist Suzanne Treister's words) "delusional, time-traveling watercolors." The galleries are illuminated not by overhead lighting, but by light emitted from the works themselves.
The metaphor of liberation extends as well to the show's organizational premise. As opposed to the traditional concept of an exhibition as a zone of stable definition and order, The Secret of the Ninth Planet is united, somewhat paradoxically, by a disavowal of order. The dual-venue installation is also a deliberate attempt to offer expanded possibilities for interpretation of the works' layered content.
Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice Thesis Exhibition
April 24-May 24
Queen's Nails Projects and Photo Epicenter
The exhibition takes place at Queen's Nails Projects (3189 Mission Street, San Francisco) and Photo Epicenter (26 Lilac Street, San Francisco)
Opening reception: 7-11 p.m. at both locations
April 26, May 14, and May 22
Galería de la Raza
2857 24th Street (San Francisco)