We Are Close In Distance

MA Practicum Exhibition
Opening Reception & Poetry Slam
Film Screening
Closing Reception



Exhibition on view: Nov 5 - Dec 2

Location: Roski Graduate Gallery
1262 Palmetto Street, Los Angeles CA 90013 (Los Angeles Arts District)

Gallery hours:
Tues - Sat: 12 - 4pm


Participating Artists

Sadie Barnette, Edwin Bodney, Tonya Ingram, Amanda Gentry, Carl George, Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Ross Laycock, Ozzie Juarez, Vishal Jugdeo, Jose Guadalupe Sanchez III, Anna Sergeeva, Ron Tarver, Joey Terrill, Xirin, and Diana Zeng


About the Exhibition

We Are Close In Distance is an exhibition considering how physical, temporal, and archival space has the power to unite as well as divide through the excavation of interpersonal, intergenerational, and spatial intimacies. The participating artists comprise a diverse and multigenerational group. Working across media including painting, photography, poetry, performance, video, sculpture, and zines, the artists participating in We Are Close in Distance explore how intimacies are constructed, deteriorate, and are consequently reclaimed as part of the culmination of the continuously unfolding present and the lingering past. Investigating the poetics of a fleeting closeness from personal and cultural perspectives, the artists excavate the contested nature of legacies and diasporas. Challenging conceptions of our relationships with one another, with communities, and between generations, works created by the artists featured in the exhibition range from the deeply earnest to the irreverently critical in their introspective social critique. Extending the gallery into a corresponding environment of zines, poetry installations, and postcards for visitor activation, We Are Close in Distance considers how art can illuminate often overlooked cultural, familial, and interpersonal relationalities. Through programs including live performances and film screenings, and by encouraging interaction with zines and mailable art, the exhibition empowers visitors and artists alike to question how one can care for and nourish their community through art, performance, and ephemera.


Curatorial Team

We Are Close In Distance is organized by the USC Roski School of Art and Design 2023 MA Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere cohort: Storm Bria-Rose Bookhard, taylor brock, Nadia R. Estrada, Tracy Fenix, Jiayi Hu, Valencia Monroe, Adrianne Ramsey, Diego Dela Rosa, Jonas Short, Haiyang (Kevy) Yang and Bryce Zeffert.


Related Events

All events are open to the public and free

Nov 4, 6 - 9pm (PST)
Opening Reception & Poetry Slam 

Poetry Slam featuring poets Aman Batra, Matthew Cuban, Jireh Deng, Kito Fortune and Yazmin Watkins.
Reservations are open; see link above.


Nov 14, 5pm (PST) 
Hybrid Film Screening: Shane Aslan Selzer’s
 film "I Love You No Matter What"  
Activating The Carl George / Felix Gonzalez-Torres / Ross Laycock Archive   
Arrive early for a curatorial walkthrough at 4:20pm

A short interactive archival film animating Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ close intimate relations with his former partner, Ross Laycock and close friend, Carl George produced and directed by Shane Aslan Selzer and the Social Action Archive Committee. This event is offered in-person and virtually (with the zoom link shared upon reserving tickets).
Reservations for in-person attendance here.
Reservations for virtual presentation here.


Dec 2, 6 - 9 (PST)
Closing Reception &  Performance by Xirin

Multidisciplinary, New York based artist, Xirin, re-enacting her work Kissing Sisters (Kiss Piece 4), a new performance about the bittersweet fate of achieving power after pain by offering kisses to the women, girls, and queer population of Iran who currently are demonstrating their resistance to oppression. 
Reservations here.


We thank ONE Archives Foundation, Visual AIDS, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts for their promotional support.