Benton to open “Worshipping at the Altar of Certainty: 1985”

On Wednesday, August 24, Pomona College’s Benton Museum of Art, 120 W. Bonita Ave., will unveil its latest exhibition, “Worshipping at the Altar of Certainty: 1985,” by artist and 2006 Pomona College graduate Kameelah Janan Rasheed.

Rasheed’s exhibit “challenges our centralized approach to knowledge by making us question how we learn,” according to a Benton news release.

Rasheed’s work on this exhibit was first showcased at the Williams College Museum of Art in Massachusetts. It is said to create “constellations of fragmented texts, framed prints, and a video work, that invites visitors to explore the exhibit’s space in any way they choose and find the meaning behind the art,” according to the Benton.

The installation will include an accompanying new video work, “Keeping Count,” and new wall drawings set in the academic context and history of Pomona will line the exhibit.

The exhibit runs from August 24 to December 18.

In October, the Benton and Rasheed will host four days of open to the public drop-in classes that will, according to the museum, “activate the installation.” Rasheed and the exhibit’s curators will lead a course titled “Lifecycles” from October 21 to 24. Activities will include making lumen prints at Pomona College’s farm and learning algorithmic writing at the Hive, 130 E. Seventh Street.

On December 8 Rasheed will lead an online discussion, “Algorithmic Book Composition (ABC),” about her new publication and the role errors and iterations play in a book’s life cycle.

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