James hd Brown: Life and Work in Mexico

19 Aug 2017 – 2 Dec 2017

USC Fisher Museum of Art

Los Angeles
California, United States


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Born in 1951 in Glendale, CA, James hd Brown relocated with his family to Oaxaca, Mexico in 1995 where he founded Carpe Diem Press.


Collaborating with Linotípográfica Quintas, Brown creates limited edition art books featuring the work of influential artists from the US and Mexico. Brown often includes original prints made by the artists to be inserted in the books themselves. USC Fisher Museum of Art will highlight Brown’s unique artist press, featuring approximately twenty books and related ephemera. Some of the artists in the Carpe Diem series include Joan Jonas, Graciela Iturbide, Kiki Smith, and Francisco Toledo. Brown will be producing a new artist book especially for PST: LA/LA. The exhibition will also feature Brown’s "My Other House,” begun in 2009 and worked on continuously since then. The idea for this project came to Brown after his two sons discovered a staircase in their home, leading to an “almost secret” mezzanine. Nobody else was allowed in this place, a sanctuary that the boys called “my other house”. Brown began investigating the idea of having another physical or imaginary place that is fundamental to one's creative and imaginative life. “My Other House" will be installed in the four main galleries at the USC Fisher Museum of Art.

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