The weight of a patina of time convenes a series of works by Gala Porras-Kim (b. 1984, Bogotá, Colombia; lives and works in Los Angeles and London) research-based practice looks closely at the layered meaning of objects in the 21st-century museum. Her in-depth explorations of the uncertain histories of ancient objects reimagine their pasts while charting new possibilities for their present and future. Spanning sculpture, drawing, and installation, as well as objects from and projects based on the Fowler’s collections, the works on view reflect the artist’s affinity for fragments, conflicting histories, undeciphered texts, and other instances of uncertainty within the space of the museum. They additionally address the challenges of maintaining knowledge over centuries in shifting institutional contexts, and document Porras-Kim’s interventions into systems of classification and knowledge production.
PRESS RELEASE: Gala Porras-Kim: The weight of a patina of time
This exhibition is organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA and curated by Fowler Chief Curator Matthew H. Robb. Major support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional generous support is provided by the Clough/Hillenburg Fund, Fay Bettye Green Fund, Pasadena Art Alliance, Kim and Keith Allen-Niesen, Allison Berg, The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Charitable Foundation, Charlotte Chamberlain and Paul Wieselmann, Connie McCreight, Formation Association, and Elaine Yang.