Edgar Arceneaux
& Rodney McMillian

The Michael Jackson Project

January 10February 14, 2004



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Edgar Arceneaux & Rodney McMillian: The Michael Jackson Project

This is an artwork titled Untitled (The Michael Jackson Project) by artist Rodney McMillian made in 2004

Rodney McMillian
Untitled (The Michael Jackson Project), 2004

Please join us to celebrate our new gallery space in Culver City with a collaborative exhibition of new works by Edgar Arceneaux and Rodney McMillian.


Both artists are collaborating on a project that traces the trajectory of cultural influences of pop icon Michael Jackson. Probing the formation of the star's persona through the different forces in his life, the artists prepared for this project by traveling to Gary, Indiana, the birthplace of Michael Jackson. The work investigates the construction of Jackson's subjectivity as a vehicle to understand the function of the icon in post-industrial America.


Edgar Arceneaux received his BFA at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and his MFA at the California Institute for the Arts, Valencia. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the UCLA Hammer Museum, Project Space, the Kunstverein Ulm, Germany, the Studio Museum Harlem, New York, and at the Pomona College Museum, Claremont. His work was most recently featured in "Quicksand" at the de Appel, Amsterdam;in "Fade" at the Luckman Gallery, Cal State Los Angeles; in "True Stories" at the Witte de With Museum, Rotterdam; in "Social Strategies: Redefining Social Realism" at the University Art Museum Santa Barbara; in the "The Fifth Annual Altoids Curiously Strong Collection" at the Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, and at the New Museum, New York; in "Lateral Thinking" at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla; in “Persoenliche Plaene”, Kunsthalle Basel; in ”Prophets of Boom”, Kunsthalle Baden Baden; and in “One Planet Under a Groove” at the Bronx Museum, New York, and at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.


Rodney McMillian received his MFA in 2002 from the California Institute of the Arts and his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine, in 2000. McMillian's work has been shown at Stefan Adamski Gallery in Aachen, Germany, and has been included in Veni Vidi Videoat the Studio Museum Harlem, Harlem, NY, "Urban Aesthetics" at the California African American Museum, and in A Show That Will Show That A Show Is Not Only A Showat The Project, Los Angeles.


The new gallery is located at 5795 West Washington Blvd in Culver City, 3 blocks east of La Cienega Blvd within walking distance of the Blum & Poe Gallery. Gallery Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 12 - 6 pm and by appointment.


Directions: Take the 10 frwy east, exit on Washington / Fairfax, turn left, it's the second building on your right. 10 frwy comingfrom the westside, take the La Cienega exit, go south to Washington Blvd, turn left, the building is in the 3rd block on your left.