Worth the Trip: Centre for the Living Arts in Mobile

Installation view of Candy Chang's The School of the Future at the Centre for the Living Arts, Mobile, Alabama.

Editor's Note

You can be in Mobile, Alabama in about two hours! Kevin Lee checks in on "Futures Project" at the Centre for the Living Arts.

In the Deep South, so much energy is spent in reverence to the past, it’s fair to wonder whether care is given to the future at all. In one sleepy town on the central Gulf Coast, a contemporary arts facility beckons the future to the here and now with a fresh perspective and an impressive lineup of artists. In 2012, the Centre for the Living Arts in Mobile marked a new era with “The Memory Project.” The show featured such lofty names as Alison Saar, Tracy Hicks, William Christenberry, Rick Lowe, and Xavier de Richemont—a sign of exciting things to come under the leadership of Executive Director Robert Sain.

Its latest show–a fitting companion titled “Futures Project”–carries even more heavyweights, including New Orleans’ own Dawn DeDeaux and Candy Chang, alongside the likes of Kenny Scharf and Tom Leeser. In addition to the group exhibition on view until January 2014, the Centre is hosting an eclectic series of film screenings, public conversations, and workshops on such topics as the future of media, the future of education and learning, and even the future of human evolution.

Editor's Note

"Futures Project" on view through January 31, 2014 at the Centre for the Living Arts (301 Conti Street) in Mobile. The next in the series of free public conversations centers around the topic, The Future of Childhood and Aging, on October 17, 7 pm at the Mobile Museum of Art (4850 Museum Drive).