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Separation Anxiety

October 11, 2010 - November 13, 2010

M-Th, 10am-4pm, Sat. noon-4pm. closed Friday, Sunday and Holidays.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Chaffey College and the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art are pleased to present Separation Anxiety, curated by Denise Johnson and Rebecca Trawick, October 11 – November 13, 2010. Join the artists for a roundtable discussion on Wednesday, October 13, 5-6:30pm in CAA-218. The discussion will be immediately followed by an artist’s reception at the Wignall Museum with light refreshments and music until 9pm. As significant numbers of women have entered the work force since the 1970s in response to shifting economic needs and the influence of the Feminist movement, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s long honored notion of the “Good Mother” and the demand that she blithely sacrifice all for the good of her children and family has been challenged and reevaluated. But as women have taken a place within the domestic AND public realms, conservative groups have predictably lamented the decline of “family values.” Within that cry, the child has often been portrayed as endangered and lost while mothers seeking to redefine their roles and obligations are seen as frantic and on the verge of unraveling. While far from being resolved, such debates are symptomatic of a cultural anxiety over the state of popular ideals of familyhood and a realization that these idealistic, largely unattainable notions of the family should continue to be frankly reconsidered in the 21st century. Drawing from the curators’ own efforts to balance the demands of motherhood with creative and professional endeavors, Denise Johnson and Rebecca Trawick consider how contemporary artists have explored modern parenthood under the pressures of changing economies and evolving definitions of familyhood. Artists in the exhibition explore the often unacknowledged worry and unease that all parents, traditional or not, must navigate. Through these investigations, cultural anxieties and debates over the definition of family, parenthood and childhood are explored in surprising and interesting ways. Denise Johnson is an Adjunct Instructor in Art History at Chaffey College. Johnson curated Girly Show (2007) which explored third-wave feminism’s strategic use of zines and the pin-up. Rebecca Trawick is the Director/Curator if the Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, with selected exhibitions including: Dirty Laundry (2000); Tall Stories (2004), Radiant Space/Private Domains (2006), Mammygraphs: Mark Steven Greenfield (2008), Trick Baby (2008), and others. Separation Anxiety will feature the work of: Claudia Alvarez, Monica Bock, Erika DeVries, Leslie Dick, Elizabeth Douglas, Rebecca Edwards, Carol Flax, Haley Hasler, Connie Hatch, Ellina Kevorkian, Kate Kretz, M.A.M.A. (Athena Kanaris, Lisa Mann, Lisa Schoyer, Karen Schwenkmeyer), Marcos Rosales, Mark Stockton, Abbey Williams, and Jennifer Wroblewski. Other events include: ÔĆ Roundtable Discussion with the Artists, moderated by Professor’s Angela Cardinale Bartlett and Vera Dunwoody o Wednesday, October 13, 5-630pm, CAA-218, immediately followed by the reception at the museum until 9pm. ÔĆ Artists’ Reception o Wednesday, October 13, 630-9pm, Wignall Museum patio. ÔĆ More Than Four Walls: Poetry Reading ,presented by Professor Michelle Dowd o Tuesday, October 19, 1230-130pm, Wignall Museum patio. ÔĆ Defining Modern Family: A Panel Discussion, Ethics Across the Curriculum o November 3, 1230-2pm, CAA-218. ÔĆ Boundary Lines, performance by Leslie Dick o November 10, 1230-2pm, CAA-211. ÔĆ Who Does She Think She Is? Film screening and discussion. o November 13, 1-4pm, CAA-211. The exhibition, reception and events are free and open to the public, but space is sometimes limited.


October 11, 2010
November 13, 2010
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Chaffey College, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art
5885 Haven Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737 United States