5:00-9:00 p.m. Imagined as the Truth by Yinka Shonibare, MBE
5:00-8:30 p.m. Giuseppe's Bar Service
6:00-7:00 p.m. Art-Making Activity: Aztec Character Paintings
7:00-8:00 p.m. Reading from Atomik Aztex
8:15 p.m. Screening of The Battle of Algiers
Imagined as the Truth by Yinka Shonibare
Imagined as the Truth
includes a video, sculptural installation, and photograph by Yinka Shonibare, one of Britain's most celebrated artists. The three works in Imagined as the Truth
investigate and reinterpret history, individually and collectively, by referencing historical events and figures and pointing out art’s complicity in constructing these historical narratives. Shonibare’s work over the past two decades has focused on the issue of colonialism and its lasting impact while reflecting his identity as a British-born, Nigerian artist.
Daniela Kelly, Museum Educator, will lead this hands-on art making workshop about Aztec Character Paintings that is fun and appropriate for all ages and skill levels. This workshop will take place in The Studio.
Reading by Sesshu Foster
Sesshu Foster will read from his award-winning text Atomik Aztex. In the alternate universe of Atomik Aztex, the Aztecs rule, having conquered the European invaders long ago. Aztek warriors with totemic powers are busy colonizing Europe, and human sacrifice is basic to economic growth. Zenzontli, Keeper of the House of Darkness, is plagued by nightmares of a parallel reality where American consumerism reigns supreme. Ghosts of banished Aztek warriors emerge to haunt contemporary Los Angeles, and Zenzontli’s visions of Hell become real as he’s trapped in a job in an East L.A. meatpacking plant. This reading will take place in Gallery 18.
The Battle of Algiers
45 years after its release, this film remains an important political comment on modern warfare. The Batlle of Algiers focuses on the early years of the Algerian War of Independence from France (1954-1962). The work was banned in France for 5 years, but won international acclaim for its portrayal of the transgressions of both the freedom fighters and the occupying French army. Even more surprising is that the film was commissioned by the Algerian government, but was not completely sympathetic to the rebels' actions. The film continues to be relevant today, and was used by the United States government showed the film to its constituents in preparation to deal with the insurgency of Iraq. This film will be shown in the auditorium. 121 minutes, no rating, in French and Arabic with English subtitles.
Support for Summer Salon Series 2012: Beyond the Banner, provided by Wells Fargo, Mr. Brent V. Woods and Dr. Laurie C. Mitchell, the Museum’s Contemporary Arts Committee, the Members of The San Diego Museum of Art, and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program. Institutional support for the Museum is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. Curated by The San Diego Museum of Art and agitprop.