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CANCELED: MARIA HUMMEL reads from her novel STILL LIVES with REBECCA MORSE

THIS EVENT IS, UNFORTUNATELY, CANCELED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

Still Lives (Counterpoint Press)

A young editor at a Los Angeles art museum finds herself pulled into the strange and disturbing world of a famous artist who goes missing on the opening night of her exhibition.

Kim Lord is a giant in the Los Angeles art scene: avant garde figure, feminist icon, and agent provocateur. And her new exhibition “Still Lives” is expected to be just as groundbreaking. Comprised of self-portraits depicting Lord as famous, murdered women—the Black Dahlia, Chandra Levy, Roseann Quinn, and many others—the works are as compelling as they are disturbing, implicating a culture that is too accustomed to violence against women. As L.A.’s richest art patrons pour into the Rocque Museum’s opening night, all of the staff, including editor Maggie Richter, hope the event will be big enough to save the historic institution’s flailing finances.

Except Kim Lord never shows up to her own exhibition.

Fear mounts as the hours and days drag on and Lord remains missing. Suspicion falls upon the up-and-coming gallerist Greg Shaw Ferguson, who happens to be Maggie’s ex. A rogue’s gallery of eccentric art world figures could also have motive for the act, and as Maggie gets drawn into her own investigation of Lord’s disappearance, she’ll come to suspect all of those closest to her.

As bright and blinding as the Los Angeles sunlight, Still Lives is a page-turning exodus into the art world’s hall of mirrors, one woman’s journey through the belly of an industry filled with money, secrets, failure, and genius.

Praise for Still Lives

“There’s nothing I like better than a well-written page-turner about the art world, and Maria Hummel has delivered this and more with her new literary thriller, Still Lives. Flawed characters abound as do clever plots and subplots along with irresistible peeks into hidden chambers of the L.A. art scene. Riveting.” —B.A. Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of The Art Forger and The Muralist

Maria Hummel is the author of the poetry collection House and Fire, winner of the 2013 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, and two novels: Motherland (Counterpoint, 2014) and Wilderness Run (St. Martin’s, 2003). Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in PoetryNew England ReviewNarrativeThe SunThe New York Times, and the centenary anthology The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine. A Stegner Fellow, she taught at Stanford for nine years. She lives in Vermont with her husband and two sons, and teaches at the University of Vermont.

Photo by Karen Pike

Rebecca Morse is Curator in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Recent projects include Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld and Larry Sultan: Here and Home. She was previously Associate Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) where she organized Amanda Ross Ho: Teeny Tiny Woman, Cai Guo-Qiang: Ladder to the SkyRodarte: States of MatterThe Artist’s Museum, and Florian Maier-Aichen. Upcoming projects include a thirty-year retrospective of the work of Thomas Joshua Cooper and Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising that examines the ways in which artists have mined the language of commercial photography for their own work. She has written on Sarah Charlesworth, the evolving relationship between photography and sculpture, contemporary photography and the hotel, and photography’s changing role in contemporary art beginning in the 1980s.

Event date: 
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Still Lives Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781619021112
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - June 5th, 2018

Motherland Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781619024663
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Counterpoint LLC - January 13th, 2015

House and Fire (Apr Honickman 1st Book Prize) Cover Image
By Maria Hummel, Fanny Howe (Introduction by)
$15.00
ISBN: 9780971898127
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: American Poetry Review - October 22nd, 2013