The Summer Salon Series 2012: Beyond the Banner
Summer Salon Series 2012, was the third and final season of The San Diego Museum of Art’s Summer Salon Series; which now lives on as Summer Break. The series presented lectures, readings, performances, concerts, film screenings, installations and workshops, every Friday night, from June 1 through August 31.
The 2012 series took inspiration from The Invention of Glory:Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, an exhibition which featured four monumental fifteenth century tapestries. At the time of their creation, these works would have been considered a primary document of the battles they depicted; now, 500 years removed, we can understand how these tapestries were utilized as a tool to mold opinion, and a source of propaganda to serve King Afonso V’s version of history. The 2012 series investigated topics of historical fictions, explored the dissemination of information, and asked artists to consider several questions such as:
- Where do we get our news from?
- Who and what controls our access to information?
- What are the historical images and myths that affect our current social, cultural and political discourse?
- How is fiction used by artists to tell stories and create awareness of particular issues? Is there such a thing as the ethical use of propaganda?
- With such a glut of information at our fingertips, how do we assemble this information into practical knowledge?
- What are the personal fictions we tell ourselves as individuals?
- When does "the document" become the event itself in terms of shaping public discourse?
Artists and Presenters: Yinka Shonibare M.B.E., Pierre Bismuth, Mark Tribe, The Yes Men, Rina Banerjee, Steve Lambert, Andrew Dinwiddie, There Goes the Neighborhood, Micki Davis, Cognate Collective, Andrew Printer, Teddy Cruz, Sesshu Foster, The Border Corps, Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Ash Smith, Periscope Projects, Omar Pimienta and John Pluecker, Katherine Brook, Stephanie Lie, Tim Schwartz, Joe Yorty and Kelly Eginton, Allison Cobb, Zac Montanaro, Jamilah Abdul-Sabur, Gary Garay, Joshua Tonies and Yinka Shonibare MBE.
2012 Music: The Donkeys, Peaking Lights, Lou Damian and James Ruelas, Jacob Turnbloom, Greg Smaller, The Nervous Wreckords, Parker and the Numberman, Aquapuke, Smooth Badger, Mark Dzula, and Bombshell BOOM BOOM!
From 2010-2012, The Summer Salon Series was collaboratively curated by Agitprop and Museum staff, including Alexander Jarman, Manager of Public Programs, and Dr. Amy Galpin, Curator of Art of the Americas. Lorraine Graham curated the poetry component of each Summer Salon Series, and Rick Tyner curated the music presentations for the last year of the series.