On Thursday, March 21 at 6:00pm PST, UCR ARTS/California Museum of Photography will feature an artist talk with Zoe Crosher in conjunction with the exhibition Recent Acquisitions: Zoe Crosher which is on view at the California Museum of Photography until March 30, 2024. This program is on Zoom.
In LA Like: Transgressing the Pacific (2008–10), artist Zoe Crosher presents infamous disappearance sites along the coast. Each photograph captures the real site of a fictitious or real tragedy, including actress Natalie Wood in 1981, musician Dennis Wilson in 1983, and scenes in films such as Falling Down, 2010, and The Long Goodbye, 1973.
Crosher blends reality, fantasy, and salt air to conjure a surreal atmosphere. Viewers are ushered to the edge of the continent to explore the moments just before the unknown. The project subverts notions of the West, manifest destiny, fame, promise and permanence. These images act as both memoriam and invitation, reminding us of losses real and imagined. They provide a literal space to viewers to contemplate disappearance, the edges of the West, and the fragile construction of life.
Recent Acquisitions: Zoe Crosher is curated by Alyse Yeargan, Collections Manager. The works on view were donated by the Juliet McIvers Estate. The “Recent Acquisitions” series highlights remarkable incoming gifts to the museum’s ever-growing collection.
Image: Zoe Crosher, Where Norman Maine Disappeared at Laguna Beach from the 1954 Version of A Star is Born. Fujiflex archival print, 2010. Collection of the California Museum of Photography/UCR ARTS. Gift of the Juliet McIvers Estate. Image courtesy of the artist.