‘Hanging Out’ Exhibition Opens Feb. 26

Laundry theme of two-week exhibition, seminar illustrates memories, cultural differences

laundry hanging from clothesline

“Hanging Out,” a two-week exhibition and set of performances developed by anthropologist Susan Ossman and graduate students in her “Art to Ethnography” seminar, opens in the Afterimage gallery on Feb. 26.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — “Hanging Out,” an exhibition and set of performances developed by UC Riverside anthropology professor Susan Ossman and graduate students in her “Art to Ethnography” seminar, opens in the Afterimage gallery in University Village on Thursday, Feb. 26, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exhibition, which runs from Feb. 26 through March 12, is the third stage of an ongoing project Ossman began in 2013 with her solo exhibition “On the Line” and a reprise of that exhibition by artists and UCR graduate students in “On the Line: A Second Look,” both presented at La Sierra University’s Brandstater Gallery.

Afterimage is located at 1201 University Ave., Suite 104B. The opening reception is free and open to the public, and will include music by Southern California pianist and composer and UCR graduate student Dhiren Panikker, and performances by Riverside dancers led by Sue Roginski and Casey Avaunt.

“ ‘Hanging Out’ laundry is a theme that is evocative of memories and cultural differences. It can illustrate class relations and changing relationships with the environment,” explained Ossman, who is a painter. “Everyone will have a chance to share their ‘laundry stories’ in interactive performances and storytelling sessions.”

Interviews and events recorded during the exhibition will become an archive for further artistic and anthropological research, the anthropologist added.

On Saturday, March 7, there will be a set of performances and a chance for the public to share their laundry stories. That event, “The Poetics of Laundry,” begins at 3 p.m.

A closing seminar and reception are planned for Thursday, March 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. Art critics, anthropologists, curators and artists from around the country will gather to view the exhibition and talk about its contribution to new forms of collaborative interdisciplinary research. There is limited seating for this event, so reservations are required. Contact Susan Ossman at sossman@ucr.edu.

Throughout the run of the exhibition graduate students in the “Art to Ethnography” seminar will be available to lead gallery visits. Arrangements may be made by contacting Ossman.

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