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Ala Ebtekar, Azimuth (12 billion years in 80 minutes), 2017 at di Rosa.  

Image courtesy of the artist

The opening reception for di Rosa’s new show, “Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times,” is on Saturday, Jan. 27, 4-6 p.m. Admission is free.

Presented in two parts throughout 2018, the show explores the current political and social atmosphere through artist-selected topics. Part 1, on view Jan. 27-May 27, features new projects by authors Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian, and artists Ala Ebtekar, Rigo 23, and Allison Smith, alongside more than 50 works from the di Rosa collection.

Bellamy and Killian explore the topic of surveillance through a curated presentation of works from di Rosa’s permanent collection that evoke a sense of vulnerability, danger, and foreboding through imagery, mood, or form. Their selections reveal the collection’s heightened relevance amid the upheaval of a divided nation.

Ebtekar responds to the theme of citizenship through an elaborate ceramic floor installation that transfers a Hubble Space Telescope field image onto a handmade tile grid. With no visible distinctions between stars, planets, space, or time, the work invites viewers to participate in the universality of existence and explore what it means to be a territory without borders.

Rigo 23 explores the concept of American exceptionalism and the long-term impact of contemporary leadership through a large-scale, three-dimensional rendering of the American flag. Visitors are invited to walk in and around this metaphor for territory, with the installation’s stripes-as-walls configuration suggesting the physical and ideological boundaries that may come to define this country.

Smith investigates the rise of white nationalism and how patriotism might be viewed in a different light through a series of sculptural installations including cast iron Tiki torches reminiscent of those used in the recent Charlottesville protests. Smith discusses current debates on the removal of confederate monuments.

Upcoming public programs in conjunction with the show include:

  • In Conversation: Dodie Bellamy and Pamela Lee, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • In Conversation: Rigo 23 and Christian L. Frock, Sunday, March 25, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • An Evening with Ala Ebtekar, Saturday, April 14, 4:30-9 p.m.
  • Third Thursday with Kevin Killian, Thursday, April 19, 4-7 p.m.
  • In Conversation: Allison Smith and Amy Owen, Sunday, May 6, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

For details and additional public programs, visit