PRINT May 2001

US Shorts

Emily Erikson and Richard Shone

IF IT’S SUMMERTIME, THE ART MUST be easy, right? Not judging by a host of upcoming exhibitions that could set a policy wonk’s cold heart on fire. At the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, “Art at the Edge of the Law” (June 3–Sept. 9) aims to explore “art’s function in helping to define a truly free society.” Organized by assistant director Richard Klein and curator Jessica Hough and including Mark Lombardi, Tom Sachs, and Fred Tomaselli, the show finds artists taking on such big topics as drug use, the bearing of firearms, international money laundering, and other contested pursuits. A related sense of engagement animates the work of Torolab, a Tijuana-based collective that has focused for the past half decade on living conditions in the border region. The group’s first solo show in the US will demonstrate its agenda with utopic art, architecture, fashion, and design (San Diego

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