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Synthetic Ritual

Pitzer College
1050 North Mills Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711
September 28th, 2011 - December 9th, 2011
Opening: September 28th, 2011 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.pitzer.edu/galleries
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
san gabriel valley
EMAIL:  
pitzer_galleries@pitzer.edu
PHONE:  
909-607-3143 (Ciara Ennis)
OPEN HOURS:  
Tuesday-Friday noon-5 p.m.
SCHOOL ASSOCIATION:  
Claremont Colleges, Pitzer College
TAGS:  
photography, digital, installation, video-art, performance, sculpture
COST:  
Free

DESCRIPTION

Synthetic Ritual brings together a number of Los Angeles and international contemporary artists working in a variety of media including installation, painting, performance, and video. The artists explore the idea of ritual as a faith-based activity that can be validated only within certain contexts—for example sport, religion and artistic practice—and cannot be rationally proven or substantiated.

The exhibition examines the presence of ritual and superstition in our professional and personal lives and asks why, in such an advanced and sophisticated technological and cyber driven world, ritual still occupies such an important and dominant role. Exploring the three central themes of ritual in relation to sport, religion, and artistic practice the artists provide refreshing and surprising commentary on ritualized behavior in the 21st century.