• Ben Dean

    Pomona College Museum of Art

    Ben Dean’s Account, 2002–2008, the exceptional installation that constituted his first solo show, is really two accounts—one a 16-mm color film, the other a gray-toned, computer-generated video—of three places. The Los Angeles –based artist selected locations in the San Francisco Bay Area that are emblematic of distinct urban-redevelopment episodes: Islais Landing, a former tidal bog that once served as a sewage channel and slaughterhouse dumping ground; San Francisco City Hall, a Beaux Arts monument whose harmonious proportions and massive domed rotunda are meant to pique municipal pride (and

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