HOT TUB by TITA CICOGNANI at HAMMER MUSEUM [from 20220709 to 20221009]

[Photos: Joshua White]

The functioning hot tub at the center of Los Angeles–based artist Tita Cicognani’s (b. 1993, New York City) installation offers an environment of potential physical contact and intimacy in an institutional context typically designed to promote sterility and cleanliness. Customized as part of a larger installation that includes video, sound, and other media works, Cicognani’s hot tub is a device through which museum visitors might temporarily reconcile their relationship to germs and the perilousness of the body. The environment most readily resembles an alien love hotel, decomposing traditional markers of love and romance in order to further underscore their foreignness and unfamiliarity in an art museum. Cicognani’s installation is populated by digital avatars that displace the body of the artist and further aid in the uncanny misrecognition of one’s self as a stable and resolute entity. The presentation at the Hammer marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in an institution.

Hammer Projects: Tita Cicognani is organized by Aram Moshayedi, Robert Soros Senior Curator, with Nicholas Barlow, curatorial assistant.

Hammer Projects are single-gallery exhibitions highlighting the work of contemporary artists from around the globe, often presenting new work at a pivotal moment of an artist’s development. Ongoing since 1999, Hammer Projects is a signature series within the Hammer’s exhibition program.

Hammer Projects is presented in memory of Tom Slaughter and with support from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. Lead funding is provided by the Hammer Collective. Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, with additional support from the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

[Text: Hammer Museum]

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