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SMMoA presents dosa at SMMoA: Exploring Joshua Tree

July 13 - August 17

Release Date: June 25, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, July 12, 6 to 8 pm

SANTA MONICA, CA—The Santa Monica Museum of Art’s gift shop, GRACIE, presents dosa at SMMoA: Exploring Joshua Tree, a unique art installation and temporary shop that invokes the desert landscape of southeastern California. dosa at SMMoA: Exploring Joshua Tree, in the Museum’s Project Room 1, will feature clothing, accessories, and housewares from the exquisite Summer 2013 collection of the internationally acclaimed dosa clothing line. The installation and shop will be open July 13 through August 17, 2013.


The collection draws upon the sensory world of Joshua Tree National Park, a constant source of inspiration for dosa’s renowned designer, Christina Kim. The installation at SMMoA distills the hues and textures of the desert and its distinctive flora, and highlights new items available for the first time. SMMoA Members receive an exclusive 10% discount on all Exploring Joshua Tree purchases.  


dosa photographer Elena Chien describes a recent day in the desert with Kim and textile designer Karen Spurgin, “By eight a.m. it starts to get toasty. We’re driving through Joshua Tree, stopping to eat peaches, stopping to climb the mammoth boulders that scatter the landscape. The park, named after the strange yucca breed called the Joshua tree, is a continual source of inspiration for dosa. The colors, the textures, the silhouettes of the kinked eccentric Joshua trees. Each tree has a unique personality – jovial, aggressive, indecisive, heartbroken, or electric. Karen and Christina rest on a rock overlooking a plain full of Joshua trees, discussing ideas for the upcoming collections. We explore, discuss, picnic. As the sun goes down we drive through the park, the trees silhouetted ink black against the sky.”


In conjunction with Exploring Joshua Tree, SMMoA will present Color and Clotha colorful workshop led by Jane Palmer of Noon Design Studio, on Saturday, July 27 from 3 to 6 pm. Palmer has lent her alchemic dye-producing skills and aesthetic sensibility to dosa and to holistic design firm Commune. During the workshop, participants will imbue a spectrum of natural mineral-based pigments onto cloth using such artist tools as brushes, stencils, and imagination. RSVP’s are required and a workshop fee of $30 ($20 for members) includes all basic supplies.


dosa at SMMoA: Exploring Joshua Tree continues an ongoing creative friendship between SMMoA executive director Elsa Longhauser, GRACIE retail curator Amy Coane, and dosa founder Christina Kim. The project extends the breathtaking success of the summer 2012 dosa at SMMoA, which raised over $30,000 to support the Museum. This year, dosa and SMMoA will donate 5% of the proceeds to Joshua Tree National Park. All remaining proceeds will support the Museum’s exhibitions and programs.


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For further information about the installation and temporary shop, or to schedule interviews, please contact Claire Ruud, 310.586.6488 or Claire.ruud@smmoa.org.


About the Santa Monica Museum of Art
Through its exhibitions, education, and outreach programs, the Santa Monica Museum of Art fosters diversity, innovation, and discovery in contemporary art. The Museum celebrates: expanding boundaries; exploring individual differences; enhancing public knowledge of art; and broadening the art experience. SMMoA is a collection of ideas.


GRACIE: At the Santa Monica Museum of Art
GRACIE is SMMoA’s retail store. A multifunctional shop/storage/installation conceived by artist and architect Allan Wexler, GRACIE offers an inspired selection of books and merchandise that reflects the Museum’s unique mission. GRACIE is named in honor of Board Member and former President Laura Donnelley (aka Gracie), a visionary patron of the arts and SMMoA muse. Shopping at GRACIE is now available online at www.shopsmmoa.org.


Location, Hours, Admission
SMMoA is located at the Bergamot Station, Building G1, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, California. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, closed Sunday, Monday, and all legal holidays. Suggested donation: $5; $3 for seniors and students. For further information about exhibitions and programs, please call 310.586.6488 or visit www.smmoa.org. 


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