May 06, 2018  •  1 Comment


High & Dry is proud to announce our latest exhibition:


High & Dry: Land Artifacts

665 West Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA 93534
(661) 723-6250

May 12 - July 15  Opening: May 12, 4-6pm
Artist talk: Sunday, June 3, 1pm


The exhibit represents a full realization of High & Dry’s long-term, multi-platform exploration of the California desert, encompassing Osceola Refetoff‘s black and white, infrared photographs, words by writer-historian Christopher Langley, and a video presentation created in collaboration with KCET’s Artbound. The photographs, text, and video go live on Artbound this Monday, May 7.


Water Tank - Lone Pine, CA - 2013Water Tank - Lone Pine, CA - 2013
Water Tank - Lone Pine, CA - 2013  (First printed: 2018)

Land Artifacts is the first art exhibit to incorporate historical objects in MOAH’s permanent collection, from a First Nations metate to modern detritus collected from a desert lot just a few hundred feet from the museum.

All these elements come together to create an immersive survey of the things humans leave behind in the desert, and what these artifacts reveal about us as a society. Visitors are invited to bring a small item of personal significance to include in a time capsule as part of their legacy for future generations.


"High & Dry: Land Artifacts" installation Museum of Art and History (MOAH) - Lancaster, CA - 2018"High & Dry: Land Artifacts" installation Museum of Art and History (MOAH) - Lancaster, CA - 2018High & Dry: Land Artifacts – Solo Show – Museum of Art & History (MOAH) – Lancaster, CA – 2018 Photo left: Water Tank - Lone Pine, CA - 2013 Photo right: Searles Valley Minerals Plant - Infrared Exposure - Trona, CA - 2010
"High & Dry: Land Artifacts" installation detail – Museum of Art & History (MOAH) - Lancaster, CA - 2018


Speaking of legacies, MOAH is publishing a catalog for High & Dry: Land Artifacts that will include more infrared images, installation photos, and examples of time capsule contributions to be unearthed in 2050.

Land Artifacts is part of MOAH’s new cycle of exhibitions opening on May 12 with additional solo installations by artists Robert Dunahay, Sant Khalsa, Constance Mallinson, Greg Rose, and Timothy Robert Smith. An artist talk is planned for June 3, 1pm.


Searles Valley Minerals Plant - Infrared Exposure - Trona, CA - 2010Searles Valley Minerals Plant - Trona, CA - 2010Infrared Exposure
Abandoned PPG Plant - Infrared Exposure - Bartlett CA - 2012  (First printed: 2018)


In the meantime, check out the Land Artifacts listings in Artillery and Fabrik, as well as a preview by Billy Bennight for Cartwheel Art. Additional press information is available from Laura Grover: [email protected]




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Karl Young(non-registered)
Hi guys,

Wish I could get to MOAH for this re. seeing your great work up close and personal ! In any case always a fan - such a perfect combination of poignant writing and revealing photography focused on one of my favorite topics, the California Desert.
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