44th and Landis

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44th and Landis (Detail) , 2012 Mixed Media Installation © Courtesy of the Artist and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego-Downtown
44th and Landis

1100 and 1001 Kettner Boulevard
(between Broadway and B Street)
San Diego, CA 92101
August 9th, 2012 - January 20th, 2013
Opening: August 9th, 2012 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

san diego
(858) 454-3541
Thurs-Tues 11-5; Third Thursday of the Month 11-7
mixed-media, installation


Part of the MCASD’s ongoing Cerca series, this mixed media installation by sound artist Margaret Noble charts a psychogeographical path through San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood, where the artist grew up. Combining visual traces of the neighborhood’s early Victorian years and motifs drawn from 1980s urban pop culture, Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis takes the form of an ephemeral sculptural environment comprising hundreds of cut paper forms. The installation also incorporates an experiential soundscape spread over fourteen handmade paper speakers, and will serve as the set for a series of sound-based performances by Noble. .Performances will take place on October 18 and November 15.

Mixing imagery appropriated from video games, Victorian paper dolls, and 1980s hip hop culture, the work evokes the external and internal worlds of a child navigating the streets of a city pressured by waves of disinvestment and gentrification. Integrating memory and fantasy, and public and private histories, Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis offers insights into a San Diego neighborhood’s past and present.

A limited-edition artist’s book accompanies the exhibition, available at the front desk.

More about Margaret Noble
Noble holds a BA in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, and a MFA in sound art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.