The Collaborative Gallery

The Collaborative Gallery

The Collaborative Gallery is a project of the Arts Council for Long Beach. It presents exhibitions curated from the Artist Registry to raise awareness of both established and emerging artists plus innovative approaches to art.

Current Exhibition

Participating Artists

Visit The Collaborative

421 W Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Open 12:30 – 5 p.m.

About the Curator

Carolyn Schutten’s thematic interests stem from her dissertation work on the history of Tijuana River at the U.S-Mexico border and her curatorial project “There Is a River Here” at the Santa Ana River in Inland Southern California, which included river cleanups and collaborative choreography, facilitated by Crystal Sepúlveda, as well as community crochet circles to co-construct massive yarn bombings of boulders that were later donated to a local homeless shelter, facilitated by textile art collaborative Threadwinners. Schutten said, “I’m really interested in the ways in which our waterways have become contested sites for constructing home as people and goods flow into our region — and how those efforts are often thwarted.” Schutten notes poignant parallels between border, inland, and Long Beach waterscapes and points to similar connections made in the work of Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei’s film Human Flow. “In nature there are two approaches to dealing with flooding, said Ai Weiwei in an article for The Guardian. “One is to build a dam to stop the flow. The other is to find the right path to allow the flow to continue. Building a dam does not address the source of the flow – it would need to be built higher and higher, eventually holding back a massive volume. If a powerful flood were to occur, it could wipe out everything in its path. The nature of water is to flow. Human nature too seeks freedom and that human desire is stronger than any natural force.”