From the Desert to the Sea: The Desolation Center Experience @ Cornelius Projects, San Pedro [17 June]

From the Desert to the Sea: The Desolation Center Experience


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17
June
18:00 - 21:00

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Cornelius Projects
1417 South Pacific Avenue, San Pedro, California 90731
FROM THE DESERT TO THE SEA: THE DESOLATION CENTER EXPERIENCE
June 17–July 30, 2017
Opening reception Saturday, June 17 from 6–9 p.m.

Before the era of Burning Man, Lollapalooza, and Coachella, Desolation Center drew punk and industrial music fans to the far reaches of the Mojave Desert for the first of five events, «Mojave Exodus,» in April of 1983. Traveling by rented school bus, hardy devotees journeyed to witness events that the LA Weekly described as being like “some bizarre ritual at the end of the world." A seafaring music expedition launched from LA Harbor in San Pedro led the LA Reader’s Chris Morris to declare it had “opened a new window in my head.” These surreal guerrilla shows featured site-specific performances by Sonic Youth, Meat Puppets, Minutemen, Einstürzende Neubauten, Survival Research Laboratories, Redd Kross, Saccharine Trust, Savage Republic and Swans, and paved the way for the mega-festivals that have become a crucial part of music and alternative culture in the 21st century.

Cornelius Projects pays tribute to Desolation Center’s pioneering vision with an exhibition featuring painting, photography, sculpture, video, and ephemera. Participating in the show are Desolation Center alumni Mike Watt, Curt and Cris Kirkwood, Mark Pauline, Raymond Pettibon, Anthony Ausgang, Kristine Kryttre, John Tottenham, Joe Baiza, Ann Summa, Dave Markey, Bruce Licher, Naomi Petersen, SPOT and more. Images from the exhibition will be featured in Stuart Swezey's documentary Desolation Center (desolationcenter.com) slated for release next year.

FROM THE DESERT TO THE SEA: THE DESOLATION CENTER EXPERIENCE
is co-curated by: Laurie Steelink, Stuart Swezey, Craig Ibarra, and Mariska Leyssius. Readings, panel discussions, live music performances, and rarely seen underground films and videos will be presented during the run of the exhibition. A schedule is forthcoming.

Cornelius Projects is a space dedicated to promoting culture and art in San Pedro, CA. During the exhibition Cornelius Projects will be open Thursday through Sunday from 12–5 pm or by appointment.

Continue celebrating the exhibition following the opening at HAROLD‘S PLACE
w/SACCHARINE TRUST
100 FLOWERS
MIKE WATT + THE JOM & TERRY SHOW
record release party for SACCHARINE TRUST‘S double album
THE GREAT ONE IS DEAD on Water Under the Bridge / Recess Records
HAROLD‘S PLACE: 1908 south pacific avenue, san pedro, ca 90731
21+ / 9PM — 1AM / $10

CORNELIUS PROJECTS
1417 SOUTH PACIFIC AVENUE
SAN PEDRO, CALIFORNIA 90731
corneliusprojects.com

Contact: Laurie Steelink (310) 266-9216 / [email protected]

Photo caption for event page:
Desolation Center first desert event «Mojave Exodus» with the Minutemen and Savage Republic, Soggy Dry Lake, 1983. Photo by Daniel Voznick
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