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Aggregate Space is an artist-run gallery and non-profit located in West Oakland. ASG is an exhibition and performance space dedicated to the exploration and presentation of immersive works. We provide ...


Title: Non-View of the Lake from Underground
Artist: Torreya Cummings
Dates: Apr 5th - May 11th
Time: Check Venue listings.

Non-View of the Lake from Underground

by Torreya Cummings

5 April – 11 May 2019

In 1873, Collis P. Huntington, partner in the First Transcontinental Railroad, commissioned a painting of Donner Lake. He wanted to commemorate the tracks crossing the Donner summit in 1867, a feat of both engineering and sheer human misery. The resulting work by Albert Bierstadt succeeds in romanticising Manifest Destiny and the Sierra Nevada but nonetheless failed to please Huntington, who hoped for a more detailed view that highlighted the railroad itself.

Aggregate Space Gallery and Torreya Cummings present Non-View of the Lake from Underground, a collection of landscape leftovers, geologic scraps, photographs, partial environments, and a performance set. These works elevate immersion and complication over a totalizing “view”, using Bierstadt’s View of Donner Lake as a departure point, and creating a new moment that foregrounds the foreground.

Opening Reception

April 5, 6-10pm

Second Saturday Artist Talk

April 13, 11am

First Friday Event

May 3, 5-8pm

Gallery Hours

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 1-5pm

 and by appointment

Aggregate Space Gallery programs are generously supported by: National Endowment for the Arts, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Neda Nobari Foundation, Creative Work Fund, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Clorox Foundation, Awesome Foundation, and ArtNow International.


Image courtesy of  Torreya Cummings