44th and Landis – Margaret Noble at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego


The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) present Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis at its downtown location from August 9, 2012 to January 20, 2013. As part of MCASD’s ongoing Cerca series, which highlights the work of regional artists, Noble’s mixed media installation and performance charts a psychological path through San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood, where the artist grew up.

Combining references to the neighborhood’s early Victorian history as well as to 1980s urban pop culture, Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis takes the form of an intricate sculptural environment made up of hundreds of cut paper dolls and other forms. The installation also incorporates an experiential soundtrack emanating from fourteen handmade paper speakers, and will serve as the set for a series of sound-based performances by Noble. Mixing imagery borrowed from video games, Victorian paper dolls, and 1980s hip hop culture, the work evokes the interior and exterior worlds of a child navigating the streets of an inner city gentrification. Integrating strands of memory and fantasy, and public and private histories, Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis offers insights into a San Diego neighborhood’s past and present.

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FabLab SD worked closely with the artist on the production and fabrication of the handmade paper speakers and the installation that decorated the Victorian Chandelier room, we would like to thank Margaret Noble for choosing Fab Lab San Diego to bring her vision to life in such a wonderful exhibition!