5:00-8:30 p.m. Giuseppe's Bar Service
5:00-9:00 p.m. Something to do with Crossing...
6:00-7:00 p.m. Art-Making Activity: Fiber Art
6:00-8:00 p.m. The Quilt Conversation
7:30 p.m. Artist talk with Misael Diaz and Amy Sanchez
8:15 p.m. Concert by James Ruelas and Lou Damian
Something to do with Crossing
Artists Misael Diaz and Amy Sanchez's installation will be situated within the American galleries of the Museum for one day only. Their work for the Summer Salon Series 2012 is based on research pertaining to the art on view at the Museum as well as their own investigation of immigration issues today. Something to do with Crossing... features recreations of headstones from an "immigrant cemetery" in El Centro, California and audio recordings based on actual testimony from migrants. The artists approached the Pastrana Tapestries (on view in the exhibition The Invention of Glory) as a monument to the myth of Portuguese King Afonso's legitimate claim to territories in Northern Africa in 1471, comparing it to the border fence in Southern California, which stands as a monument to the myths of the legitimacy of nation states. The artists will install headstones beneath paintings in the permanent collection that aid in the construction of an American identity and will offer visitors complimentary audio tours that pair migrant testimony at each headstone. This installation will be presented in Galleries 2 and 3.
To celebrate the opening of our special exhibition The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, Museum Educator Lucy Eron will lead a hands-on, fiber arts workshop appropriate and fun for all ages and skill levels. This activity will take place in The Studio.
The Quilt Conversation
The Quilt Conversation
will take place over ten weeks this summer. Artist Andrew Printer, with Ann Olsen, have organized two groups of quilters who will work at the Museum on Friday evenings to construct two quilts that recall the 1980’s. Inspired by major artworks that emerged during the AIDS crisis one group of quilters will consist of those who contributed to the original NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington, D.C. The second group will recall and historicize other themes of that decade, ranging from Paul Simon’s Graceland to the fall of the Berlin wall. Each group’s quilt making conversations will be recorded and that text will form the basis of a performance to be presented on the last evening of the Summer Salon Series 2012. In addition, the completed quilts will be formally presented and hung in the rotunda of the Museum on Fridays upon their completion until the final evening. The Quilt Conversation project will take place every Friday evening for two hours in the Upper Rotunda beginning June 15th.
Artist Talk with Misael Diaz and Amy Sanchez
Diaz and Sanchez will discuss their installation, and the questions they considered during its construction, including: Is it possible to experience the past of such regions [the United States/Mexico border] without becoming an agent in the reaffirmation of power/conquest? What is the historical counter-narrative we can construct based on a history of transgression? This talk will take place in Gallery 16.
Concert by James Ruelas and Lou Damian
This evening's Salon will finish with a lively concert by two dynamic, local blues musicians, James Ruelas and Lou Damian. The concert will take place in the rotunda, so grab a drink at Giuseppe's bar and find a good spot to groove to the blues.