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Work of Chapman artist featured in Hammer exhibit

November 4, 2010

Alex Segade

 Imagine this — A woman starts a romance with a supernatural being after losing her job, a man turns to witch doctors when his insurance won’t cover his medical condition, and a trio of curators trapped in a board room argues over the politics of art.

The scenarios aren’t exactly “ripped from the headlines” as the saying goes, but they do find inspiration there. And they’re the stories contained in a solo exhibition at the Hammer Museum featuring the video installation The Night Epi$ode (2010), created by My Barbarian, a Los Angeles-based performance collective founded in 2000 by Alexandro Segade, assistant professor, Department of Art, at Chapman University, and Malik Gaines and Jade Gordon.

My Barbarian has performed and exhibited across the country and internationally, at venues ranging from the Whitney Museum of American Art to the De Appel in Amsterdam.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 23, 2011, at the Hammer, located on the campus of UCLA. For more details, visit the Hammer website.

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