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The Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103

Join Fulcrum Arts and the Armory Center for the Arts to hear Mariquita “Micki” Davis speak about her installation included in the current exhibition Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology. Her work, Pacific Concrete: Portrait of Christian Paul Reyes, shares the life of her family in Guåhan.

Following Davis, Patrick McCray will speak about his essay “Waves of Knowing: A Convergence of Nuclear, Oceanographic, and Navigational Knowledge.” His talk will connect, and put into conversation, Cold War-era classified research in the Pacific with the nuclear and environmental displacements experienced by the Marshallese.

“Waves of Knowing” is presented as part of Energy Fields: Vibrations of the Pacific, an exhibition, publication, and public program co-presented by Fulcrum Arts and Chapman University.

Energy Fields is among more than 50 exhibitions and programs presented as part of Pacific Standard Time. Returning in September 2024 with its latest edition, PST ART: Art & Science Collide, this landmark regional event, a Getty initiative, explores the intersections of art and science, both past and present.

For more information about PST ART: Art & Science Collide, please visit: pst.art

About the Presentations
Pacific Concrete: Portrait of Christian Paul Reyes

Mariquita “Micki” Davis memorializes her cousin Christian, who died at the age of one, after being born with multiple birth defects. The installation includes a traditional Chamoru woven mat and a postcard rack holding images of Christian and his family, telling the story of devotion and love in the face of tragic circumstances. The artist reflects, “Christian Paul Reyes was only with us for a short time, but the love that his family gave him continues to this day. I remember him very clearly as a child, and later when his father would speak of him, he would never refer to him in the past tense. He is present then, as he is today

Waves of Knowing: A Convergence of Nuclear, Oceanographic, and Navigational Knowledge

During the Cold War, the lives of three men—two of them scientists, all of them refugees—converged in and around the watery environs of the Marshall Islands. This talk explores a series of episodic resonances and reverberations that emerged from these intersections. It connects Cold War-era classified research in the Pacific with the nuclear and environmental displacements experienced by the Marshallese. In doing so, it places traditional Western methods of scientific understanding in conversation with indigenous and local knowledge. These different vibrational episodes compel us to contemplate diverse ways of understanding the world as waves of knowing also become ways of knowing.

About the Presenters
Mariquita “Micki” Davis (Chamoru/Georgia, lives and works in Los Angeles, b. 1982) moved from Guam to Georgia, US at the age of six. Across that distance, and through the medium of photography, she was able to connect with her family in Guam. Davis now works in film and video, using these media to connect personal, familial, and communal memory. She is the co-curator of Pasifika Transmissions, a monthly learning series that invites Indigenous artists to visit the archive of the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum of Long Beach, CA. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Honolulu Biennial, Hawai’i; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; University of New South Wales Galleries, Australia; and Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM; as well as in the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and Guam International Film Festival. Davis received her BFA from the University of Georgia in 2006, and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 2011.

Patrick McCray is a professor in the History Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he researches, writes, and teaches about the histories of technology and science. His latest book—titled Making Art Work: How Cold War Engineers and Artists Forged a New Creative Culture—came out with MIT Press in late 2020. This book looks at the collaborations between artists, engineers, and scientists from the 1950s to the present and explores how new creative cultures were built and maintained. McCray is currently working on a new book (also for MIT Press). Tentatively titled READ ME, he imagines it as a “book about books about computing.” At its heart is the question: how did computers become popular, popularized, and pervasive?

Image credits (L-R): Mariquita “Micki” Davis, photo by Joanne Kim. Patrick McCray, photo by Mark Hanauer.