As horse-loving girls growing up in San Diego, my sisters and I pestered my parents until they got us a quarter horse named April Jubilee, a very fancy-sounding name. We spent a lot of time riding around undeveloped hills and bringing her into the garage when it rained, as if a horse shouldn’t get wet. When we move to another state, she was sold. Her fate is unknown to me.
Returning to California as a teenager, the Del Mar Fair, followed by a season of horse racing, was there just as it had always been. It's only in the past few years that I began to notice the escalating number of horses dying at the track. I started to wonder about these racehorses, and racing in general, so I looked beyond the elaborate hats and the party on Opening Day to see what it was all about. What I found was worse than I expected.
The traveling exhibition "27 Horses" is one result of this questioning. The first exhibition will be held at the San Diego Art Institute Project Space in Horton Plaza opening on December 8, 2017 and run through the month.
The exhibition explores the outcome of a season of racing at Del Mar and brings up ethical and philosophical questions about our use of horses for entertainment and gambling.
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