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The Mojave Desert (Photo: Kim Stringfellow) The Mojave Desert (Photo: Kim Stringfellow)

SDSU Professor Receives Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellowship

The fellowship supports curatorial research leading to new scholarship in the field of contemporary art.
By Lizbeth Persons Price

San Diego State University School of Art and Design assistant professor Kim Stringfellow is working on a transmedia documentary exploring the physical, geological and cultural landscape of the Mojave Desert.

Using video, interviews, reportage, photography and other means of inquiry, "The Mojave Project" examines the changing physical, geographical, and cultural landscape of the desert according to eight themes including Desert as Wasteland, Space and Perception, and Transformation and Reinvention.

Kim Stringfellow
Kim Stringfellow
Stringfellow recently received a major boost for the project when the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts awarded her a coveted Curatorial Fellowship. The $49,000 award covers expenses for travel, research, and time spent writing. Fellowship recipients are encouraged to conduct curatorial research leading to new scholarship in the field of contemporary art.

Dispatches from diverse stakeholders

Stringfellow seeks out a diverse group of regional stakeholders—from geologists and aerospace engineers to land speed racers and miners—to explore these themes. Notable contributors so far include Aurora Tang of the Center for Land Use Interpretation and environmental journalist Chris Clarke of KCET Los Angeles.

Their dispatches and those of other participants are being shared at and through the Project’s publishing partner, KCET Artbound. In addition to the exhibition, Stringfellow is coordinating two desert field trips to the eastern and western Mojave Desert to provide on-site immersion.

Exhibition in Los Angeles

The four-year project will culminate in an exhibition at the Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in 2018. The LACE exhibit will feature an interactive video installation and the project’s complete archive of field dispatches, images, maps, and other materials. In addition, there will be custom-designed vitrines to display ephemera and other artifacts, a reading room, and a published four-volume series of dispatches.

Funding for "The Mojave Project" is provided through a Cal Humanities 2015 California Documentary Project production grant, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts with additional support from SDSU. "The Mojave Project" is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Program. The Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association and KCET Artbound are project partners.

The Andy Warhol Foundation was established in 1987. In accordance with Andy Warhol’s will, its mission is the advancement of the visual arts.