Yikes! It’s already starting to peak over 100 degrees on a regular basis in the desert. So, you know what that means… summer is upon us and our inner “travel bug” is itching to escape the heat.
For travel inspiration, Susan Robb’s Wild Times – a journey of one woman’s travels up the west coast, is now on display at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert. So, if you want to get lost in this summer this is where you should start.
This Friday they are opening up the exhibition with a free film. Come check it out and fill up on the fuel to keep your inspiration run steady all summer long.
The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert is one of seven host venues for artist Susan Robb’s five month project Wild Times. Wild Times merges new media, social engagement, and a 2,650 mile hike as an invitation to explore wildness as a geographic ideal and a state of mind. Robb will follow the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, making and sending digital artworks to West Coast museums and art centers, including the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert.
The interactive installation opened April 17, 2014, the same day Robb began her hike. Featured in the Annette Bloch Education Wing, the installation features several ways to follow Robb’s extraordinary trek up the Pacific Coast Trail. Tablets provide access to Robb’s digital artworks, videos, and messages made on the trail. In addition, three-dimensional objects generated through the artist’s experience on the hike will periodically be sent to the museum and displayed in a unique wall installation.
Visit www.wildtimesproject.com to learn more.
WHAT IS WILD?
Only 3% of the contiguous United States is still considered wild. As our culture increasingly pressures us to maintain a personal “brand,” be in constant contact, and snapchat every moment, maybe it’s not just our geographic wild spaces that are endangered, but our internal wild spaces as well.
Wild Times merges new media, social engagement, and a 2,650 mile hike as an invitation to explore wildness as a geographic ideal and a state of mind.
The Pacific Crest Trail (commonly abbreviated as the PCT) is a long-distance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, which lie 100 to 150 miles (160 to 240 km) east of the U.S. Pacific coast. The trail’s southern terminus is on the U.S. border with Mexico, and its northern terminus on the U.S.–Canada border on the edge of Manning Park in British Columbia, Canada; its corridor through the U.S. is in the states of California, Oregon, and Washington.
The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,663 mi (4,286 km) long and ranges in elevation from just above sea level at the Oregon–Washington border to 13,153 feet (4,009 m) at Forester Pass in the Sierra Nevada. The route passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks. Its midpoint is in Chester, California (near Mt. Lassen), where the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges meet.
It was designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968, although it was not officially completed until 1993. The PCT was conceived by Clinton Churchill Clarke in 1932. It received official status under the National Trails System Act of 1968.
WHERE IS WILD?
Beginning in mid-April 2014, artist Susan Robb embarks on a 5-month journey from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. Using the trail as a nomadic studio, and her experiences as inspiration and medium, she will create digital works—photos, videos, and 3D files—periodically sending them to a series of West Coast museums and art centers. There they will be printed, projected, and installed, evolving into cumulative exhibitions.
Cinema in the Wild Series
May 23 – June 13
Wild Times, an installation now on view at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, has been created by artist Susan Robb. It merges new media, social engagement, and a 2,650 mile hike as an invitation to explore wildness as a geographic ideal and a state of mind. To compliment this installation, the museum is pleased to offer four films in its Cinema in the Wild film screening series.
Friday May 23, 5:30 p.m.
Directed by Nicolas Roeg (1971, 100 minutes)
This hypnotic masterpiece is a shining example of the creative daringness and experimentation that was borne out of the 1970s cinema. Following their father’s freakish suicide, a teenage girl and her younger brother find themselves abandoned in the unforgiving Australian outback. They come under the guidance of a young aborigine boy on his “walkabout” ( a rite of passage where he must journey out into the desert and survive on his own).
WHO : Palm Springs Art Museum
WHAT : Susan Robb’s Wild Time installation & Free Film Screening of Walkabout
WHEN : May 23rd
TIME : 5:30pm
WHERE: Palm Springs Art Museum – in Palm Desert
WHY: Because traveling is cool.
WEBSITE : http://www.psmuseum.org/palm-desert/