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  • December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
    December 31, 1969
    7:00 PM
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Day 20: Noah Davis

Richard Brautigan’s provocative 1968 novella In Watermelon Sugar provided the impetus for Noah Davis’ 2010 exhibition The Forgotten Works at Roberts & Tilton gallery in Los Angeles. The literary work centers around a post-apocalyptic commune that resides in a gathering house known as iDEATH. In the story, the sun constantly changes colors.  One of the major characters, inBOIL, decides to leave the commune and live in a forbidden area called “The Forgotten Works,” which is built upon the ruins of a former civilization. Some of Davis’s 13 large oil paintings correlate directly with Brautigan’s novel –particularly InBoil and Margaret, The Summer House, and What They Did to the Elephant in the Room.

See a few images from Davis’ works then listen to Brautigan reading an excerpt from In Watermelon Sugar.


30 Americans is organized by the Rubell Family Collection, Miami. The presenting sponsor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art is Altria Group.

Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.



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