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.
Emily Sevier: Icon Portrait Collages (part of the Second Saturday Workshop Series)
Emily Sevier is a San Diego-based artist working in many media, including collage. She calls her work a “search for the moment of convergence between opposites, when boundaries blur and the distinction between disparate entities break away." She is interested in "what happens when boundaries become permeable and opposites intersect to become reflections and manifestations of one another." Based on Arnold Newman’s approach to portraiture, Sevier will be offering a workshop where participants create a collage portrait of a cultural icon while considering the compositional elements surrounding the figure.
The Second Saturday Workshop Series is an adult program that explores exhibitions and installations at the Museum. Each begins with a tour of the related exhibition, followed by a workshop.
Allison Spence: To André Breton or Whoever Will Have Me
Similar to Arnold Newman’s exploration of environmental portraiture, Spence’s performance explores the reading of space and its inhabitants, specifically the Museum’s Gallery 2. The meaning created by the juxtaposition of, and the conversation between, objects (also read as the "ghosts" of the respective artists) affects our conceptions of them. For To André Breton or Whoever Will Have Me, Spence wrote a critical-fictional narrative, informed by research of the works on view in Gallery 2, that she reads time and time again until able to recite it from memory. Visitors are asked to join in by picking up a printed version of Spence’s text at the admissions desk and following the directives that correspond to specific portions of the performance. Such directives include reciting a portion of the work with the artist, asking a question, or participating in a call and response. The audience’s participation then carries with it the possibility to change the overall tone of Spence’s own recitation.
Allison Spence is currently pursuing an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego and received a BFA in Painting and BA in Art History from the University of Florida. She has exhibited both in Florida and in San Diego, at spaces ranging from the Experimental Drawing and Painting Studios on campus to independent spaces such as Helmuth Projects.
So Say We All: The Sincerest Form of Flattery
In the tradition of So Say We All’s sellout monthly VAMP Showcase, in which the best of San Diego's writers and storytellers perform their original true stories around a changing theme, SSWA is curating a special show for Summer Break and the Museum’s exhibition of Arnold Newman’s photographs. An open invitation was sent out via The San Diego Museum of Art’s e-mail list to solicit their patrons for true stories centered around one of the chief themes present in Newman’s work: imitation. Selections were made, and after month-long boot camp of writing and performance coaching, they’ll be performing the finished products along with multimedia in a show Citybeat compares to “a live This American Life.” Run time: 2 hours.