June 8, 2001

Talking to Myself: Culture, Fantasy and the Domestic Condition

Porter Troupe Gallery, 301 Spruce Street, in the Hillcrest area of San Diego, announces the opening of Talking to Myself: Culture, Fantasy and the Domestic Condition, a multi-media exhibition of art and design. Exhibiting artists include Angel Adame, Pilar Agüero, Marlene Angeja, Candida Alvarez, Susan Bee, Alex Gano, Wendy Maruyama, Nora Moore, Marie Najera, Lezley Saar and James Watts. This exhibitions opens June 15th and continues through September 8th, 2001. Also opening is Ming's Room, an exhibition of black and white photography. Ming's Room is on view from June 8th through June 30th, 2001. A reception for both exhibitions will be held on June 15th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call 619-291-9096.

Talking to Myself: Culture, Fantasy and the Domestic Condition offers artwork in a wide range of media including oil, mixed media and embroidered paintings; functional and kinetic sculpture; video; and installation art. By the accretion of symbols, text and found objects, these works combine a confluence of ideas concerning popular culture, individual cultural backgrounds, personal fantasies, and issues relating to home and domestic life.

Ming's Room is an eclectic selection of photographs taken over a period of thirty years by Ming Smith Murray, best known for her personal relationship with her subjects. A sense of intimacy recurs in many of her portraits of musicians (Smith Murray was once married to saxophonist David Murray, and toured with him extensively). In this mini-survey, casual domestic scenes, ordinary urban neighborhoods, and improvisational images depict Smith Murray's ability to evoke memory or fantasy. Smith Murray's work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian's Ana-costa Museum, the Schomber Center for Research in Black Culture and History in New York, and the AT&T Foundation.

The Porter Troupe Galley exhibits contemporary paintings, sculpture, installation art and photography by up-and-coming, as well as long-established artists and has, since its inception, provided a space for poets, writers and musicians to perform. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 10am-6pm and by appointment.

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