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Alison Saar Re-imagines Catfish Dreamin' at the Armory

Alison Saar Re-imagines Catfish Dreamin' at the Armory

The Armory is excited to present Alison Saar's Catfish Dreamin’, an outdoor temporary sculpture and related online program, on view now in our front garden.

One of Saar's earliest public projects, Catfish Dreamin' was originally commissioned in 1993 by The Contemporary in Baltimore. Inspired by the city's traditional African-American fish and produce vendors, Catfish Dreamin' featured a modified vintage pickup truck that housed a 6-foot catfish sculpture. Inside the catfish's mouth were river stones imprinted with the word "dream." Saar traveled the piece across the Mid-Atlantic in the early '90s, gifting the river stones to anyone who shared their dreams and memories with her.

This new iteration re-imagines the truck, sculpture, and stones as a temporary outdoor installation. It is presented alongside a selection of online artworks (chosen by Saar), and includes a map of recommended LA County waterways to enjoy these virtual works on your mobile device. Contributing artists include Neelanjana Banerjee, Carolina Caycedo, Carmina Escobar with Wesam Nassar, Kate Lain, as well as Saar. Access the online component via a QR code adjacent to the installation, or visit

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Catfish Dreamin' received generous support from the California Arts Council.



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