Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis
Part of the MCASD’s ongoing Cerca series, this mixed media installation by sound artist Margaret Noble charts a psychogeographical path through San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood, where the artist grew up. Combining visual traces of the neighborhood’s early Victorian years and motifs drawn from 1980s urban pop culture, Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis takes the form of an ephemeral sculptural environment comprising hundreds of cut paper forms. The installation also incorporates an experiential soundscape spread over fourteen handmade paper speakers, and will serve as the set for a series of sound-based performances by Noble. Performances will take place on October 20 and November 17.
Mixing imagery appropriated from video games, Victorian paper dolls, and 1980s hip hop culture, the work evokes the external and internal worlds of a child navigating the streets of a city pressured by waves of disinvestment and gentrification. Integrating memory and fantasy, and public and private histories, Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis offers insights into a San Diego neighborhood’s past and present.
A limited-edition artist’s book accompanies the exhibition, available at the front desk.
Please note the exhibition will be closed on Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9.
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More about Margaret Noble
Noble holds a BA in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, and a MFA in sound art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Growing up San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood, Noble was influenced by the beat-driven dance culture of the 1980s; she later performed as an electronic music DJ in the underground club community of Chicago for five years. Noble’s work as a sound artist and storyteller explores the industrial and sociological evolution of communities and urban spaces, weaving together text, visual mixed media, and sonic arrangements to create innovative narrative experiences.
Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Funding for the exhibition has been provided by a grant from The San Diego Foundation, which was made possible by the Carl William Henry Pollier Fund; the Creative Catalyst Fund; and the Colonel Frank C. Wood Memorial Fund of The San Diego Foundation, in Partnership with the James Irvine Foundation. Institutional support for MCASD is provided, in part, by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.