The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) at Cal State San Bernardino welcomes a new exhibition by art and design assistant professor Taylor Moon. Her exhibition of animation flag series, “Drive-Thru Nation,” will be on display Sept. 12 to Dec. 3. An opening reception will be hosted at RAFFMA Saturday, Sept. 10, at 5-7 p.m.
In Moon’s exhibition, she investigates how fast-food signage, carnival lights, highway noticeboards, casino digital signs and billboards tower in the sky like colorful, waving flags. Moon considers how each of these elements represent their own subcultures in American nationalism and how there is an aspect of spectacle to these signs. The streets are filled with references to corporate America and pop-culture as sign pollution becomes a more widespread phenomenon.
Moon’s work asks questions such as, “What is a generic relationship to the flag?” and “How does seeing the flag amongst street signs in a drive-by fashion affect one’s interpretation of the flag?” In her animation, she imagines what signs and symbols of American subcultures would look like if they were remade as flags. The exhibition features an animated interview in conversation with Oxford professor and world-renowned artist Samson.
On Thursday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m., Moon will host a Gallery Talk at RAFFMA, followed by a small reception. The talk will explore Moon’s creative process and how she metaphorically compared everyday street signs to flags that nationalized a different aspect of consumerist culture.
“Drive-Thru Nation” is one of three exhibits coming to RAFFMA. The others include “Through Their Eyes” and “The Changes You Made May Not Be Saved,” all on display starting Sept. 12.
RSVP to the opening reception at the RAFFMA RSVP webpage.
About Taylor Moon
Taylor Colette Moon is a contemporary artist and educator whose primary medium is poetically narrated animations. Moon received her bachelor of arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double major in art and art history. During her time there, she exhibited at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum; the Art, Design, and Architecture Museum in Goleta; and the Glass Box Gallery in Isla Vista. Her work is on permanent display within UCSB’s anthropology department. Moon received her master of fine art in art from the University of Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art. At age 22, Moon became an assistant professor of graphic design at Missouri Southern State University. While at MSSU, she was invited to teach internationally at the Mullsjo Folkhogskola, Sweden, was selected as an artist speaker for the Caribbean Developers Conference in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and exhibited at the Spiva Arts Gallery. She is now an assistant professor of graphic design at California State University, San Bernardino.
The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, houses a collection that includes Egyptian antiquities, ceramics and contemporary art, and hosts 10-12 temporary exhibitions a year. Located at California State University, San Bernardino, RAFFMA presents one of the largest public displays of ancient Egyptian art in Southern California.
The museum offers a variety of opportunities providing valuable hands-on work experience and preparation for future museum-related careers for CSUSB students. We are a great location for hosting corporate events, networking events, meetings, social gatherings and K-12 school field trips. When you visit RAFFMA, you find it’s more than a museum – it’s an unforgettable experience.
General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $3. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $3-6 per vehicle, depending on duration ($3 on weekends).
Monday – Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday – Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Closed Friday and Sunday
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