What a Weekend @ Grand Central Art Center!

May 7, 2012

We kicked off this past weekend on Friday, by engaging with Social Practice collaborative artists Owen Driggs, through their Performing Public Space Loitering Project.  Invited as part of Jules Rochielle’s Artist in Residence at GCAC, Janet Owen and Matt Driggs took visiting artists Jules Rochielle, Maria Del Carmen Montoya, Christina Sanchez, Silvia Juliana Mantilla Ortiz, and Cypress College art professor Ed Giardina and his students Brian Yellowshirt McNamara and Luis Munoz-Najar, on a loitering adventure of Downtown Santa Ana.  Owen Driggs and Maria Del Carmen Montoya were exploring the area in preparation of future visits and activities in associating with Rochielle’s GCAC Artist in Residence throughout the summer and fall.

 

Saturday’s activities started with an outstanding talk by author Gustavo Arellano.  He shared with those in attendance the history of Mexican food in the US, through stories from research for his latest book Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.   Following the talk, Gustavo graciously signed copies of the book for those in attendance.  Thank you to Rueben Martinez of Libreia Martinez Book and Art Gallery for providing the publications for the event.  Thank you as well to Gustavo for allowing us this opportunity – sharing your knowledge and providing engaged insights, all with such humor and grace!

 

It was the monthly First Saturday Art Walk in Downtown Santa Ana, as well as Cinco de Mayo, so that could only mean a joyous night of opening receptions and cultural activities throughout the city.

Grand Central Art Center opened three new exhibitions to a very large and receptive audience.  The artists, curators and GCAC team did the center proud, with top quality exhibitions throughout, so we thank them all for their hard work, passion and talent.

The exhibitions included:

Naida Osline: All the Queen’s Men

 

Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings and Loan

Curated by Concepcion Rodriguez and Wendy Sherman

 

Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement

Curated by Yevgeniya Mikhailik

 

Along with Saturday’s three opening receptions, California State University, Fullerton’s student project Evoke Unity engaged with Jules Rocheille’s What is Democracy?, creating an interactive/participatory installation in the GCAC AIR studio space.  Thank you to our outstanding CSUF students for their hard work, dedication and engaged approach to art making.  Many of these students, along with the artists who participated in the loitering of Downtown Santa Ana, will be joining us at the Open Engagement conference in Portland, OR, May 18-20.

 

And what celebration would be complete without some traditional Lucha Libre on the front 2nd Street promenade?  What power, what force, what energy – truly entertaining!

 

Sunday afternoon provided the opportunity for an educated conversation on the work of Millard Sheets and his studio.  The lively and informative panel, Dr. Adam Arenson, Alan Hess, Mike McGee, provide outstanding perspective and historic background to the work of this artist, designer and architect.  They shared their knowledge and research on the importance of the masterful artist and the impact he, along with Howard Ahmanson and Home Savings and Loan, played on the landscape, history and vision of Southern California.

 

And to round out the weekend activities, members of Southern California Artists (SCA) joined GCAC Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak for an evening of conversation at the center.  The group discussed the current series of exhibitions, the future vision and residency programs of GCAC, and shared views on Social Practice.

Thank you to all that continue to participate and contribute to the programming of Grand Central Art Center, we truly appreciate your support, enthusiasm and insights!


Openings, Social Practice, Book Signing, Lucha Libre, More – Cinco de Mayo (5/5) @ GCAC

April 23, 2012

CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND
IN DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA!!!!!

Please join us for First Saturday, May 5
and Sunday, May 6!

OPENING RECEPTIONS @ GCAC, 7-10PM:
Naida Osline: All The Queens Men
Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings and Loan
Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement

SOCIAL PRACTICE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, MAY 2-5
Jules Rochielle: What is Democracy?
with additional invited artist in residence Carmen Montoya

TALK/BOOK SIGNING @ GCAC – May 5, 1-5PM:
Gustavo Arellano: Taco USA

ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA ART OPENINGS:
Random Acts of Time @ Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
The Knights Debut @ Grand Opening of Q Art Salon Space
Group Exhibition @ GCS Santa Ana
Open Studios and Galleries @ Santora Building

LUCHA LIBRE: WORLD POWER WRESTLING
Full Ring Wrestling @ GCAC 2nd Street Promenade

CALLE CUATRO: OC’s LARGEST CINCO DE MAYO
Activities Throughout Downtown Santa Ana, May 5 & 6

MILLARD SHEETS EXHIBITION PANEL @ GCAC – MAY 6, 2PM:
Dr. Adam Arenson, Alan Hess, Mike McGee

See details below for a complete list of all the activities
occurring throughout the day…

Dany (Royalty Series), 2012. Courtesy of the Artist

Naida Osline: All the Queen’s Men
May 5 – June 17, 2012
Main Gallery
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_gcartgallery.php

Naida Osline: All the Queen’s Men presents two separate, but
related, bodies of photo-based work from the artist’s residency
at Grand Central Art Center from November 2011 through
January 2012.

The two series consists of formal portraits of subjects who are
photographed in the studio against a neutral backdrop, mostly
members of the Santa Ana community. One series models are
middle-aged men; the other of women and men dressed in drag.
Each series bring up ideas about identity, power, representation,
gender, fame, beauty, aging and fashion.

Millard Sheets, Home Savings and Loan Mosaic Mural. Image credit, M.O. Quinn

Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings & Loan
Curated by Concepción Rodriguez and Wendy Sherman
May 5 – June 17, 2012
Project Gallery
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Project.php

Millard Sheets: The Art of Home Savings & Loan creates a renewed
awareness of the Home Savings & Loan mosaic murals located
throughout Southern California, originally designed by the Millard
Sheets Studio. Included in the exhibition are images of the mosaics,
original works of art, sketches, supporting documentation and
images of the restoration process of the Rolling Hills Estates mural.
The exhibition focuses on five of the mosaic murals located in the
communities of Temple City, Rolling Hills Estates, Anaheim, Pomona
and Santa Ana.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Sunday, May 6th, 2012 at 2pm
Panel will primarily address the Millard Sheets Studio, which included
Millard Sheets, SueHertel, Denis O’Connor, and others who contributed
to the Home Savings & Loan project.

Confirmed participants include: Dr. Adam Arenson – Assistant Professor
of History at the University of Texas, El Paso. Is currently completing
research for abookon the art and architecture of Home Savings & Loan.
Alan Hess – Architecture critic and historian, with a particular emphasis
on mid century modernism. Mike McGee – Gallery Director of the
Begovich Gallery, Professor and ProgramDirector of Exhibition Design
and Museum Studies at California State University, Fullerton.

But I Didn’t Know, 2012. Courtesy of the Artist.

Camilla Taylor: The Disagreement
May 5 – June 24, 2012
Education Gallery
http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/ArtGallery_Rental.php

Comprised of two-dimensional and three-dimensional prints, generated
through relief printing, Camilla Taylor’s work explores the concepts of
narrative, repetition and what has been referred to as “otherness.”
The artist references the capacity people have to project onto, or
empathize, with objects that have similarities to humans.

Young Women Think-Tank, with Teen Space of the Santa Ana Public Library

Jules Rochielle: Social Practice Artist in Residence
Through May 2012
http://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/field-report-from-artist-residence-jules-rochielle/

Meet Jules Rochielle, our current GCAC Artist in Residence, and
engage with her project What is Democracy?. Jules will continue to be in
residence through the end of May, then return in the fall for the second
part of her residency.

May 2nd- May 5th: Jules Rochielle has invited artist Carmen Montoya
for a short residency here at GCAC, in hopes of running a set of
community art making workshops. Carmen has been actively engaged
with a group known as Pineros y Camesinos Unidos del Noroeste
(Northwest Treeplanters and Farmworkers United), which is Oregon’s
union of farmworkers, nursery, and reforestation workers, and Oregon’s
largest Latino organization.Jules will work with Carmen and the community
to create a set of powerful images to take back to the Pineros y
Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste.

A complete list of activities for the last week of April and beginning of May
can be found at the Field Report: Blog Posting by Jules Rochielle:
http://grandcentralartcenter.wordpress.com/2012/04/19/field-report-from-artist-residence-jules-rochielle/

Talk/Book Signing
Gustavo Arellano: Taco USA
1pm talk, followed by book signing
Grand Central Art Center Theater
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2012/03/gustavo_arellano_s_taco_usa_reviewed_.html

Nationally syndicated columnist and bestselling author of ¡Ask a Mexican!
Gustavo Arellano presents an entertaining, tasty trip through the history
and culture of Mexican food in this country, uncovering great stories and
charting the cuisine’s tremendous popularity in el Norte. In the tradition of
Bill Buford’s Heat and Calvin Trillin’s The Tummy Trilogy, Arellano’s
fascinating narrative combines history, cultural criticism, personal
anecdotes, and Jesus on a tortilla.

ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA ART OPENINGS:


Random Acts of Time
@ Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
Juror/Curated by William Moreno
http://www.occca.org/index.html

The Knights Debut
@ Grand Opening of Q Art Salon Space
http://www.qartsalon.com/

Group Exhibition
@ GCS Santa Ana
http://www.gcssantaana.com/blog/

Open Studios and Galleries
@ Santora Building
http://www.aplaceforart.org/galleries/santora

ADDITIONAL DOWNTOWN SANTA ANA ACTIVITIES:

LUCHA LIBRE: WORLD POWER WRESTLING
Full Ring Wrestling @ GCAC 2nd Street Promenade
Presented by Downtown Inc.
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/Event/first_saturdays_art_walk_-_may_5th_2012

CALLE CUATRO: OC’s LARGEST CINCO DE MAYO
@ Downtown Santa Ana, May 5 & 6:
http://callecuatro.com/

PARKING:
Car Parking on 3rd Street (structure @ Sycamore) / Bike Parking on 2nd
Additional Structures @ 4th St. & Spurgeon and 3rd St. & Birch St.
Surface Lot @ 3rd St. & Bush St.

GALLERY HOURS:
Closed Mondays and Holidays
Tuesdays – Sundays 11.00 am – 4.00 pm.
Extended hours: Friday & Saturday 11.00am – 7.00 pm.
(First Saturday of the month galleries are open until 10.00 pm)

http://www.grandcentralartcenter.com/maps.php

We look forward to having you join us!

GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER
a unit of Cal State University Fullerton’s College of the Arts
125 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA 92701
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