I was invited to participate to the Summer Salon Series at the San Diego Museum of Art. Each artist or group of artists was invited for a one night event, held every Thursday during the whole summer. My project revolved around the use of the permanent collection of the museum. Everything was specially made for that evening.
“A Different Look at the Permanent collection” is based on a selection of pieces constituting the museum’s permanent collection.
I was invited to participate to the Summer Salon Series at the San Diego Museum of Art.Each artist or group of artists was invited for a one night event, held every Thursday during the whole summer. My project revolved around the use of the permanent collection of the museum. Everything was specially made for that evening.
I had banners made specially for the occasion, made a video (projected inside), projected images on the outside walls of the museum, had a workshop for people to participate to, invited a group of music, and a silk-screen printed who printed t-shirts on the spot as give aways.
“A Different Look at the Permanent collection“is based on a selection of pieces constituting the museum’s permanent collection.
The people could chose between a t-shirt or a limited edition print (limited editions of 10 each on BFK Rives – 30 prints in total). One is the facade of the museum, one is based on “Mandragora” by Diego Rivera, the third one is based on “After many days” by Thomas Hart Benton.
My workshop took place in Gallery 16. The idea for the people participating to the workshop was to chose a painting which inspires them. To chose a detail or the whole painting and to make an interpretation in black and white of the chosen part. To keep only a few details. They had to draw shapes on a black card stock. Then they could cut the shapes and glue them on a white card stock. I would then take a picture of the person and her piece, in front of the chosen painting.
People told me it was great to work in that beautiful room, it was a “zen” workshop, engaging and open. I had a great time talking to people about the piece they were making. They were happy to be there and to share the moment. The quality of the work was amazing and the final “gallery” was really a beautiful piece!
On the occasion of the exhibition “American Artists from the Russian Empire”, I am participating in a lecture at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park. I was invited by Alexander Jarman, Public Programs Manager for the museum. It is very interesting for me to work on the presentation, it makes me go through a lot of photos of my work, including the earlier work. It’s exciting to share this presentation with Marisol Rendon and Shadab Zeest Hashmi! Amy Galpin, the curator for American Art at the SDMA, is introducing us.
From the SDMA website: Lecture: From Art History to Art Making: Emigrant/Immigrant: Culture and Identity in Art. November 14, Saturday Saturday, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Museum Boardroom and Art School
The Museum is proud to host a panel discussion about identity, place, and culture in art inspired by the special exhibition American Artists from the Russian Empire. Join Michele Guieu, Shadab Zeest Hashmi, and Marisol Rendón—artists originally from France, Pakistan, and Colombia, respectively—as they discuss the impact their cultural identity has had on their work.
After the discussion, join Museum Educators for a workshop inspired by the art of Russian-born American abstract sculptor Louise Nevelson.
Lecture: Free after Museum admission.
Workshop: $5; reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (619) 696-1978.
San Diego Museum of Art American Artists from the Russian Empire October 24-January 17, 2010 “American Artists from the Russian Empire features nearly 70 paintings and sculptures by many of the best-known artists working in America in the postwar period, among them Louise Nevelson, Jules Olitsky, Mark Rothko, and Ben Shahn.”