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Jackrabbit Homestead Exhibition
a project by Kim Stringfellow

  • Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
  • Starting on: 06/29/2013
  • Ending on: 09/30/2013
  • 12:00PM - 05:00PM
  • free
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Project by Joshua Tree artist Kim Stringfellow traces the Small Tract Act in the Southern California Landscape from 1938 to 2008

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Stories and photographs from the vast desert region along State Highway 62 — one of the last remaining communities of so-called jackrabbit homesteads — form the basis of an exhibition that opens June 29 at UC Riverside’s Culver Center of the Arts in downtown Riverside and continues through Sept. 28.

“Jackrabbit Homestead: Tracing the Small Tract Act in the Southern California Landscape, 1938-2008, a project by Kim Stringfellow,” consists of a published book, photographic exhibit and Web-based multimedia presentation featuring a downloadable car audio tour exploring the cultural legacy of the Small Tract Act in Southern California’s Morongo Basin region near Joshua Tree National Park.

A closing panel discussion and reception are planned for Sept. 28. The panel discussion will begin at 3 p.m., followed by the reception at 6 p.m. Admission to both events is free.

“Stories from this underrepresented regional history are told through the voices of local residents, historians, and area artists — many of whom reside in reclaimed historic cabins and use the structures as inspiration for their creative work,” said Tyler Stallings, artistic director of the Culver Center and director of the Sweeney Art Gallery.

Small, dusty cabins, most of them abandoned, dot the landscape, the only remaining physical evidence of former occupants who were some of the last to receive land from the federal government for a nominal fee through the Small Tract Act of 1938.

These structures — ranging from 200 to 400 square feet — acquired the name “jackrabbit homestead” long ago from a Desert Magazine writer who observed that jackrabbits sought shelter from the sun in the shadows cast by cabin walls, Stringfellow explained.

Stringfellow is an artist and educator residing in Joshua Tree, Calif. She teaches multimedia and photography courses at San Diego State University as an associate professor in the School of Art, Design, and Art History. She received her M.F.A. in art and technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. Her professional practice and research interests address ecological, historical and activist issues related to land use and the built environment through hybrid documentary forms incorporating writing, digital media, photography, audio, video, installation, mapping, and locative media.

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