25 January - 8 April 2018

In a Close(d) Relationship features work produced in two experimental seminar classes designed and conducted by Collective Magpie with local college students.

Who Designs Your Race?, a work from the exhibition on 1001 Kettner Blvd.’s façade, presents the results of the student administered survey about race in the form of advertising sign painting. The use of the Uncle Sam figure is a reinterpretation of historic U.S. propaganda, used in the work as an urgent suggestion of the U.S. government collection of information about race. Instead of asking you to check the box and define your race, what if Uncle Sam asked you to reflect upon the question of who defines your race? In a time where the topic of race is a focus of national politics and news, with a lens held up to the borderlands, can we utilize this moment to personally explore ideas of race.

MCASD Downtown (Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego), 1100 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, California 92101
858 4543541

Image: One of the many public interventions held by Collective Magpie and participants from Transnational Seminar I. Students addressed passersby modeling border wall prototypes in a tongue-and-cheek pageant, igniting conversations about border-crossing and privilege.

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