Cammie Staros "House of the Muses" Solo Exhibition at Pitzer College Art Galleries

September 24–December 16, 2022

House of the Muses

ON VIEW SEPTEMBER 24 – DECEMBER 16, 2022
Curated by Ciara Ennis
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PITZER COLLEGE ART GALLERIES
BROAD CENTER, 1ST FLOOR
1060 N MILLS AVE, CLAREMONT, CA 91711

 

Opening Reception: 
Saturday, September 24th, 1–3pm

 

Looking specifically to the shapely vessels of Classical Greece, the artist’s hand-built objects marry ancient ceramic techniques with modern industrial materials such as milled and turned woods and machined metals. The resulting sculptures are rooted in history, yet disarmingly present.

 

Staros often mines images and artifacts from the Greco-Roman period that aestheticizes eroticism, violence, and victory. The artist anthropomorphizes her sculptures through references to armor and dress—often a gendered divide—as traditionally depicted on Greek figure vases.

 

Staros’ fascination with classical antiquities lies both in the objects themselves, and with how those objects have come to represent an origin story of Western art history. Her works remind us that historical narratives are told through visual languages as much as written ones. Staros contributes her own symbology to a constellation of references from far-flung regions and eras, and entices her audiences to reexamine the role of historical objects.

 

Through her ceramic sculptures, the artist considers the representation of desire, violence, gender codes, and institutional tropes of display, all embedded in the materials and images of antiquity.


Pitzer College Art Galleries will be open to visitors starting on September 24, 2022. Viewing appointments are offered throughout the exhibition, Tuesday through Saturday on the half-hour from 1-4:30 p.m.

June 24, 2022