What constitutes pretense, is that, in the end, you don’t know if it’s pretense or not.
— Jacques Lacan, Le Séminaire, Livre III: Les psychoses

The artists in SMOKE AND MIRRORS investigate the nature of reality; how objects, memories, ideas come into being, how they persist and how they cease to exist. The works want to make ghosts appear in the flesh and, at the same time reveal their illusionary nature. These artists are magicians
of their trade, oblique translators of both physical and virtual environments, recreating stages and props, histories and identities. By exploring the space between known and unverifiable realities, they shed light on the infinite vagueness of the anthropocentric universe.

The exhibition encompasses video, sculpture, installation and performance and presents artists from Argentina, Finland, France, Italy, Germany and the United States.


Manual History Machines presents Solar Flare; an exhibition featuring artists, Sofía Córdova, Daniel Gibson, Elizabeth Folk, Paul Pescador, Heather Rasmussen, and Shanna Waddell in Gallery Two and The  Dark Room of the Torrance Art Museum. The artists in this exhibition each respond to their environment, and their life through a unique lens of recollection and mediation.



March 31 - may 18

Gallery One

co/lab iii

Eight Los Angeles alternative art organizations collaborate with eight alternative art organization in order to present joint curatorial projects. 


 BBQLA / Axel Obiger
Dalton Warehouse /  COPYRIGHTberlin
Durden and Ray / HilbertRaum
ESXLA / Scotty e.V. 
Monte Vista Projects / Å+ 
 Elevator Mondays / ZK/U
Tiger Strikes Asteroid / oMo artspace


Gallery Two

Dreams & fevers

Figurative painting exhibition featuring Atilio Pernisco


dark room

meeting macguffing

an animated ecological thriller

Award-winning film by Catya Plate



active measures

Sculptures by jamie Hamilton



June 1 - June 30 

Gallery One

studio system ii

8 regional, national, and international artists engage in a month long, in-house, Artist-in-Residency at TAM. 

Participating artists include:
Jodi Bonassi, Chenhung Chen, Tom Dunn, Hou You Feng, Anna Garner, Larry Gipe, Debbie and Larry Kline, Hagop Najarian, Khang Nguyen, Samuelle Richardson, Tyler Waxman