Matters of Time

Detail from Kameelah Janan Rasheed’s "A Supple Perimeter (Activation 1)," 2017

Neïl Beloufa . Samara Golden . Kameelah Janan Rasheed . Fern Silva . Pascual Sisto . MICA TV . Los Angeles Contemporary Archive .


What can time heal? What can only time tell?

Matters of Time positions the group exhibition form as a locus to challenge conventional concepts of time as a linear progression. This exhibition will feature artwork that materializes the durational in a way that does not render a moment, but translates a semblance of time, an image that evokes a sensorial response activating an awareness of shifting conditions. Moments are suspended rather than depicted, moving us to consider wider contexts of before, after, and consequences.


Matters of Time presents a deeper look at the image’s capacity for developing retention, its proximity to everyday life and temporal relationships. To examine these interludes and markers of memory the exhibition takes a tripartite approach to situating strategies in temporality: [1] the event revisited [2] the image re-ordered [3] the enduring archive. Through the pause of the photographic frame, recapitulation of vernacular objects in true scale, fractures of montage, eternal notions of the film “loop”, and preservation of the archive -- impressions of past, present and future dissolve. A space is created for our own associations and interactions to question both individual and dominant narratives and their relativities.


Los Angeles Contemporary Archive will present a number of artist books and textual projects published by LACA, the exhibition will feature a reading area that serves as a space for convening and dialogue as well as review of materials. In further response to these queries, a number of scheduled events will take place in conjunction with the exhibition. For a full list, please check updates on the event Facebook and UAG web site. All events are free and open to the public.


Contemporary Arts Center Gallery
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of California Irvine



Artist Lecture: Samara Golden
January 18th, 6:30 - 7:30pm
CAC Colloquium, Room 3201 (located on the third floor, above gallery).

Installation artist Samara Golden will give an artist lecture in conjunction with UCI Visiting Artist Lecture Series.


Martine Syms: Most Days.
February 8th, 5pm
CAC Gallery

A listening of artist Martine Syms’ Mundane Afrofuturist narrative, “Most Days” vinyl record.


Lunch & Lecture:
Tuesdays @ noon (unless otherwise noted)
CAC Gallery

A series of talks led by UCI MFA Candidates in conversation with the curator will occur on Tuesdays at noon, throughout the exhibition. Food is permitted in the gallery only during lecture hour.


LACA Reading Room:
Tuesday - Saturday, 12-6pm
CAC Gallery

The archive portion of the exhibition will feature a reading room that is open for the public to gather and exchange ideas throughout the course of the exhibition. Please review the exhibition hours to use the space for research, reflection and convening.


All events are free and open to the public. 

Brianna Bakke
Exhibition Dates: 
Jan 13, 2018 to Feb 10, 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm