Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) is pleased to announce Lara Favaretto, featuring works spanning Turin, Italy-based artist Lara Favaretto’s more than 20-year career, and presented in collaboration with Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada. The exhibition marks Favaretto’s solo U.S. West Coast institutional debut. Please join us for the opening reception on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 6 - 8 pm at MCASB.
Lara Favaretto is curated by Abaseh Mirvali, Executive Director and Chief Curator. Exhibition text by Constanza Medina, Curatorial Research Associate, and Abaseh Mirvali.
About the Artist
Lara Favaretto (b.1973, Treviso, Italy) lives and works in Turin, Italy. Throughout her career, Favaretto has worked with a range of media, including performance, sculpture, installation, and video. Based on profound conceptual research, Favaretto’s complex artistic practice brings forth works that interact with space, activating the community and setting of a specific place. While Favaretto engages and allures audiences with gestures of the seemingly playful or festive, upon closer examination, her work paradoxically evokes the inevitability of failure and decay.
Favaretto’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz, Germany (2018); Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK (2017); Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada (2015); MoMA PS1, New York, USA (2012); Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE (2012); Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy (2005); and the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bergamo, Italy (2002). Group exhibitions include Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA (2018); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA (2017); Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK (2016); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2006); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA (2005); and the Venetian Pavilion, 51st Venice Biennale, Italy (2005).
Support for Lara Favaretto provided by the Alexander Family, Elisabeth & Greg Fowler, John Green, Hayes Commercial Group, Montecito Bank & Trust, Mr. Electric of Oxnard, Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, Presqu’ile Winery, MCASB Board of Trustees, and MCASB Visionaries.
Special thanks to Rennie Collection, Vancouver, Canada; UCSB Art Department and Glass Box Gallery, Isla Vista, USA; and Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy.
This project has been made possible thanks to the support of friends, peers, and colleagues. Heartfelt gratitude to:
Eleanore Alexander, Jane Alexander, Lesley Alexander, Peter Alexander, Ronald Anez, Debbie Armstrong, Iván Arroyo, Diego Auchstetter, Jesús Ávila, Melanie Ball, Robert Bartlein, Alex Blair, Mary Blair, Serene Blumenthal, Ally Bortolazzo, Corrie Bott, Lydia Bouricius, Kyle Brace, Jasmine Bushery, Jane Callister, Efran Carderas, Eloy Castillo, Fiona Chandrasekaran, Wendy Chang, Lee Chapman, Cassidy Charles, Eric Chirnside, Dieter Cronje, Peggy Dahl, Casson Demmon, Kim S. Densmore, Sarah Dildine, DJ Blanq Wahl, DJ Darla Bea, Casimiro Dominguez, Alexander Dorr, Buck Drew, Junior Drew, Eric Duila, Ruth East, David Edelman, Ivy Erskine, Pierpaolo Falone, Francesco Fassone, Robert Fatch, Lara Favaretto, Sam Fitz, Breyer Floyd, Carey Fouks, Elisabeth & Greg Fowler, Friends of SBCC Luria Library Foundation, Raquel García, Robert Giaimo, Nancy Gifford, José González, Ella Grabenheinrich, John Green, Mary Lynn Harms-Romo, Dick Hebdige, Luziah Hennessy, Maiza Hixson, Madeleine Ignon, Betsy Ingalls, Austin Janisch, Laura Macker Johnston, Jacquelyn Klein-Brown, Lauren Koo, Amanda Kross, Christopher Kukura, Jasmine Linares, Mary Logue, Orlando López, Philip H. Lord, Susan Lowenberg, Kathryn Lunger, Emma MacArthur-Warner, Renata Malaguti, Davin Mantell, Carla Mantovani, Marisol Martinez, Thalia Martinez, Mahina Martinson, Amin Matinfar, Carolyn McBrady, Constanza Medina, Abaseh Mirvali, Monika Molnar-Metzenthin, Montecito Bank & Trust, Elisa Ortega Montilla, Evan Moore, Melissa Motyer, Chris Mullican, Anna Murphy, Matt Murphy, Warren Nocon, Franco Noero, Bill O’Malley, Debra Ollin Herrick, Al Partida, Paseo Nuevo Shops & Restaurants, Tom Pazderka, Debby Peterson, Sophia Pfitzmann, Laetitia Piccin, Catherine Rabin, Santina Randazzo, Maria Rendón, Bob Rennie, Abby Rightmire, Irene Robles, Katherine Rochester, Justine Roddick, José P. Rodríguez, Kris Roth, Marco Rovacchi, Juan Ramón Samona, Juli Sanders, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Marina Satoafaiga, Santa Barbara Public Library, Lauren Sharp, Jihae Simmons, Lea Sindija, Shaun Smith, Arturo Soto, Miranda Starkey, Jason Summers, Alexandra Terry, Michael Trambert, Cara Treadwell, Ana Urquiaga, Georgene Vairo, Bill Voorhees, Anna Ward, Ethan Waterfall, Erica Watkins, Kristen Weidemann, Molly Wetta, Chelsea Willett, Allen Williams, Nick Williams, Fernando Yáñez, Nancy Zink O'Connor
Exhibition Locations and Viewing Periods:
- Coppie Semplici (Simple Couples) | Lost & Found
- On view February 12 – April 28, 2019 | MCASB | 653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
- Défense d’Entrer (Do Not Enter)
- Tutti giù per terra (We all fall down)
- On view February 12 – April 28, 2019 | Downtown Storefront | 907 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
- Fisting | Boring
Take a listen: KCRW's Jonathan Bastian recently sat down with Executive Director, Chief Curator & CEO Abaseh Mirvali to discuss Lara Favaretto and the future ahead at MCASB.