Elmgreen & Dragset: Drama Queens
Drama Queens is a comedic one-act play originally created for the 2007 Skulptur Projekte in Münster, Germany, and now lives on as a video of the performance. Over the course of 45 minutes, works by Barbara Hepworth, Alberto Giacometti, and Jeff Koons come to life to discuss the meaning of art and their own existence. Drama Queens uses both parody and homage to satirize the art world while simultaneously making serious inquiries into territories of existentialism. Our own hopes and anxieties are embodied by the anthropomorphized works, whose quick and witty dialogue will bring a smile to the faces of art aficionados and novices alike.
Based in London and Berlin, Michael Elmgreen (b. 1961, Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (b. 1969, Norway) have worked as a collaborative team since the mid-1990s. Their ambitious exhibitions have been presented at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2010), MUSAC, León, Spain (2009), Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2007), Serpentine Gallery, London (2006), MCA Chicago (2005), Tate Modern, London (2004), and Kunsthalle Zurich (2001). In 2003, Elmgreen & Dragset won the prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. In 2009, Elmgreen & Dragset were awarded Special Mention at the Venice Biennale for The Collectors, their highly elaborate exhibition for the Danish and Nordic Pavilions.
Joanna Kidd: Double Self-Portrait
Double Self Portrait is a video installation that relies on the written word as much as it does the moving image. In her video, Kidd invites viewers to transform the written narrative of her formative years into a verbal portrait as well by reading her words. The image of a face emerges over the course of the video to reveal both a second representation of the artist and to create a semiotic tension between the word and the symbol. Kidd has questioned the nature of memory itself, saying, “The act of writing allows us to clarify our ideas and perceptions, but at the same time the act of putting a thought or memory into words changes the very nature of the experience.” Double Self Portrait uses a private experience to create a publicly shared narrative, and thereby forever alters the original memory of said experience.
Joanna Kidd is a northern California sculptor, printmaker, and video installation artist. After graduating in Philosophy and Cognitive Science from Dartmouth College, she studied Printmaking and Sculpture at San Francisco State University. She then moved to Florence, Italy, where she lived for eight years. She received a BFA in Sculpture and an MFA in Visual Art and Multimedia Techniques from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. In 2012, she was an Artist-in-Residence at Everglades National Park. She has participated in exhibitions and video festivals in Italy, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, England, France, Sweden, and the United States.
DJ Dazzla: Lost in Music
DJ Dazzla, a.k.a. Matthew Kenney, will move his entire vinyl library into the Museum to create a booth where visitors can look through records, listen to hand-picked tracks, and talk music with one of San Diego's most exciting DJs.
Farrah Emami: The Gift Shop
After finding herself working in not one but two museum gift shops at the same time, artist Farrah Emami thought about the relationship between a museum’s collection and what art it found sellable in the store—what it could monetize besides admission. Instead of retreating, she decided to make it worse and open a gift shop of her own, in a converted utility truck. The result is mobile, flexible, and focused on the communal and social aspects gift shops engender. The GiftShop is made in collaboration with Untitled Space, by Noe Olivas. Untitled Spaceis a rolling social sculpture project that consists of a 1967 Chevy Step-Van.
Farrah Emami was born and raised in San Diego, CA. She graduated in 2011 from the University of California San Diego, where she double majored in Art History/Theory/Criticism and Visual Art. Her practice typically centers around video, installation, and performance.
San Diego’s Kennuf Akbar (a.k.a. Aki Kharmicel) has been producing, recording, and releasing music since the early 1990s. The latest addition to Kennuf’s dense discography is the story of his persona Aki Kharmicel, a young producer/writer who obtains an outdated digital workstation that is in fact a time machine. He travels to the 1970s (string and doowop samples galore) where he’s labeled a militant raptivist and the musical embodiment of Stokely Carmichael.
The Egyptian Lover
The Egyptian Lover is a pioneer of West Coast Rap. Beginning as a dancer and then a DJ in the late 1970s, the Egyptian Lover (also known as Greg Broussard) soon incorporated the raps he was composing for other mixtapes into his own beats. His influences range from Prince to Kraftwerk, but he has undoubtedly become an influence on many others through his innovative use of the 808 drum machine and continued exploration of the Electro genre.
QQ (Eric Derr and Frankie Martin): You’ve never heard it taste so good!
Eric Derr and Frankie Martin team up as QQ to present You’ve never heard it taste so good! It’s a sparkly, shiny, brand new set of music and video remixes straightfrom the mainstream to your brainstream! Join them for immersive audio-visualtransformations of number-one hits from America’s favorite recording artists.
Eric Derr is a doctoral candidate in contemporary percussion performance at UC San Diego. As a member of the percussion group Red Fish Blue Fish, he has given concerts at the Green Umbrella Concert Series in Los Angeles and the Tune-In Festival in New York City.
Frankie Martin is an MFA candidate studying video and performance in the Visual Arts Department at UC San Diego. She is completing a feature length video entitled We are wild dogs with turquoise fur laughing at full moons. Frankie is represented by Canada in New York City.
Keenan Hartsten: Things to Make Things to Make Things
Arte Povera meets collective collaboration in Keenan Hartsten’s repurposing of pots and pans as a musical instrument, Things to Make Things to Make Things. Common materials transcend their ordinary function when visitors come together to make melodies and rhythms on this percussive sculpture.
Stop by to grab a seat on one of the lounge's couches and soak up a series of entertaining films that will be playing all night long.
Games, Tours, and Food Booth
Museum puzzles, mysteries, and challenges will be available for check out, and games for outside and inside will be offered too—think Bocce ball in the Sculpture Garden or Whiffle ball on the plaza. Museum staff will lead special tours at 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. Giuseppe's Bar will be open until 2:00 a.m. and breakfast starts at 5:30 a.m.
Sunrise Yoga with Amy Pachowicz
Take advantage of the gorgeous landscape of the Sculpture Garden and be good to your body, join instructor Amy Pachowicz, owner of YogaArts, for one or both of two sessions of sunrise yoga. These classes will be comprised of standing poses and twists to center and focus the mind, plus heart opening backbends to encourage kindness. Appropriate for all levels. Please bring your own mat.
Film Screening: The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan
Amid the intense social struggles of 1980s Washington D.C., a symbol of hope and resilience emerged on the walls of Chocolate City in the form of a simple yet impactful tag: Cool “Disco” Dan. The true story of Dan Hogg is chronicled in a film by Roger Gastman and Joseph Pattisall that contextualizes the infamous graffiti writer's actions amid the larger cultural backdrop of go-go dance halls, street crews, punk rock, and the politics of Marion Barry.
Filmmakers Gastman and Pattisall will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions afterwards. Gastman has become one of the most important graffiti historians and documentarians. He founded and published two respected pop-culture magazines—WhileYou Were Sleeping and Swindle (co-publisher)—as well as more than 30 highly sought-after art books. Gastman was the supervising producer and creative consultant for the feature-length graffiti documentary Infamy, and served as consulting producer for Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop, which earned an Academy Award nomination for best documentary.
Most recently, HarperCollins released Gastman’s The History of American Graffiti and Jeffrey Deitch asked him to co-curate Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which is the first comprehensive U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art.
Balboa Break Session with The Rock So Fresh Crew and The Super B-Beat Boys
The San Diego Museum of Art, in conjunction with The Rock So Fresh Crew and The Super B-Beat Boys, brings you a night of open cyphers and a breakdance battle to crown the B-King or B-Queen of the Balboa Break Session!
The Rock So Fresh Crew was established in 2001 in San Diego, CA. Comprised of dancers, artists, and musicians, Rock So Fresh has cultivated years of soulful, funky, and rhythmic style. Rock So Fresh came together at the peak of the “breakdance” movement, when acrobatics had oversaturated this dance style. The crew formed in part to shine light on the origins of the movement.
The Grand Imperial DJ Mane One, The Everfresh Son of Jarel, and The Superkool DJ Sake make up The Super B-Beat Boys. They are the first ever San Diego DJs to spin solely breakbeats, the original music of hip hop. Together, they are responsible for DJing hundreds of b-boy (breaking) events locally and nationally for the past 15 years. They are also internationally known for The Super B-Beat Show, an online radio/talk show.