On the Line

Exhibition and lecture celebrating laundry as art scheduled at the Casa Blanca branch library and UCR

cloth banner that says on the line

On the Line continues with an exhibition, performances and discussions by participating artists at the Casa Blanca branch of the Riverside Public Library on May 21.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Regional and international artists associated with On the Line, a program that connects the practice of washing and drying laundry with art, will exhibit, perform and discuss their work at the Casa Blanca branch of the Riverside Public Library, 2985 Madison St., on Saturday, May 21, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The On the Line project was started by UC Riverside anthropology professor and artist Susan Ossman in 2013.  Since then, this collaboration between artists and anthropologists has inspired the production of dozens of original works of visual art, dance, music and performance art, videos and a puzzle children can play with. “Story circles” and participative portrait painting bring the public into the program for the 2016 events.

Casa Blanca is the final program in a series of outdoor pop-up events organized with the Riverside Public Library. Visitors will see how the artworks have developed and incorporated the public’s “laundry stories” since previous events at the Arlanza and La Sierra libraries in March and April

On the Line explores the practice of washing and drying laundry to show connections between art and the gestures, colors and sounds of ordinary activities. Reflecting on laundry also brings up social issues of work and gender, class, culture and memory, Ossman explained.

Susan Ossman

Susan Ossman

Ossman, who directs UC Riverside’s Global Studies Program, said she was originally inspired to work on this theme while living in Morocco, where laundry strung across balconies and terraces inspired her painting. In California since 2007, she pursued this work. Here, most people use dryers and clothes hung on the line are associated with poverty or foreignness. Her solo show of work on these themes launched the On the Line project in 2013.

In addition to 60 artists from the Inland Empire, Southern California, Latin America and Europe, nearly three dozen UCR graduate students and 90 undergraduate students have participated in On the Line over the last three years. In addition to exhibitions and performances, the program includes seminars, conferences and guest lectures.

On May 19, artist and On the Line participant Carrie Ida Edinger will discuss “Art and Anthropology: An Artist’s Perspective” at UCR from 3:45 to 5 p.m. in Interdisciplinary 1113. Her lecture is free and open to the public. Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Edinger is an artist who uses interdisciplinary practices between art and anthropology. Among her current projects is an Internet-based collection that examines the social interaction between people and objects. She writes a column for Anthropology News, “Crossing Disciplines: Art and Anthropology,” and is co-writing a blog for On the Line with UCR undergraduate Edith Macias.

The lecture and Edinger’s participation in On the Line are sponsored by the UCR Department of Anthropology, the UCR Global Studies Program, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). On the Line exhibitions in Riverside branch libraries have been made possible by a grant from the NEA with the support of the Riverside Public Library, UC Riverside and the Riverside Arts Council.

Artists participating in On the Line also will stage a pop-up event at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum on June 5 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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