SOC(i)AL: ART + PEOPLE – GCAC participating in free public series of roundtable discussions and weekend events

September 26, 2012
Grand Central Art Center is excited to be part of an outstanding series of roundtable discussions and weekend events taking place this fall.

Thank You to Anne Bray of Freewaves for instigated this series and the generous invitation extended to GCAC to participate!
Say passé to the sculpture in the square; the leading edge of public art is changing. Art is passing from isolation, to intervention, to participation, to engagement, to integration.SOC(i)AL: Art + People is a free, public series of roundtable discussions and weekend events. . .

that explores socially engaged art in Southern California from East to West.  Join the dialogue with SoCal artists, scholars, activists, and administrators as we think about socially engaged art in relation to zoning, technology, ethics, food, ritual, performance, gentrification, museums, democracy, nature and art support structures in the here-and-now.

Where is our collective dialogic imagination now?The series of individually produced events takes place at venues across L.A.,
• instigated by Anne Bray as part of Freewaves.org,
• promoted by media partner ForYourArt,
• interviewed by Sue Bell Yank  in advance of each event at KCET.org/Artbound
• and summarized by a different writer after each event there too.
• As many as of the talks as permissible will be audio recorded and posted there too.

SCHEDULE:

MAK Center, ARTISTS + INSTITUTIONS: What Is The Common Ground For Artists and Institutions?
Salon-style discussions about collectives and artists-run initiatives, graduate programs in social and public practice, and museums dedicated to novel fulfillment of educational programming.  Dialog prompts, generated by well-known artists and institutions, will be presented to the public for an evening of critical discussion and lively debate, comfortably hosted within the historic rooms and gardens of the Schindler house.
• Thursday, October 4, 7-9pm
• 835 North Kings Road, West Hollywood, CA
• organized by Kimberli Meyer (Mak Center), David Burns (Fallen Fruit) and Sara Daleiden (Los Angeles Urban Rangers);  features artists Sarah Beadle, Notch, and Christina Sanchez; Special thanks to Whole Foods Market for their generous support.

Creative Time Summit– a global annual conference exploring the intersection of art-making and social justice, streaming from NYC
• Friday, October 12, 7 am to 3:30 pm
• Watch On Livestream.com and respond on twitter #CTSummit
• Share the Summit with L.A. via streaming at Metabolic Studio, 1745 N. Spring St. #4, 90012,
coffee, bagels and comfy seats provided
• See http://creativetime.org/summit/

Occidental College:  Can the Sidewalk be a Stage?
• Thursday, October 18, 7 pm
• Dumke Commons,  Swan West 119B, 1600 Campus Dr  LA 90041
• Speakers: Lake Sharpe of Body City dance troupe, Tucker Neel, Stephen VanDyck, coordinated by artist Mary Beth Heffernan with Center with Community Based Learning and Department of Art History and Visual Arts.

EVENT: Public Matters Event: Market Makeover Smackdown
Fun, hands-on activities to help green the food desert and support sustainable change in the East L.A. food environment.
• Saturday, October 20, 10am-1pm
Ramirez Meat Market, 3618 Folsom Street at Rowan and
Yash La Casa Market, 3968 Hammel at Hazard, in East L.A.
• Participants: Mike Blockstein and Reanne Estrada, Public Matters; students from School of  Communications, New Media and Technology (CNMT) at Roosevelt High School, with UCLA-USC Center for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD)

Otis Graduate Public Practice at 18th Street Art Center:
What Can We Learn from dOCUMENTA (13)?
Through presentations from artists and curators who participated in or visited one of this year’s most important exhibitions in contemporary art, the evening will look at projects and reflect on the relation to social practice right now.  What can we learn from the art projects, curatorial practice, expanded notions of location, pedagogy, and their intersections?
• Wednesday, October 24, 7 pm
• 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
• moderated by Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Director of Residency Programs at 18th Street Arts Center
• Ciara Ennis, Director/Curator, Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College
• Rita Gonzalez, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at LACMA
• Masood Kamandy, artist, participant in dOCUMENTA(13)
• Leslie Labowitz-Starus, artist
• Tamarind Rossetti,  intern with Mariam Ghani at dOCUMENTA(13) and Graduate Public Practice artist
• John Tain, art historian and curator for Modern and Contemporary Collections at the Getty Research Institute

ACLA Park, La Culebera: Can Artists Heal Nature in LA?
Artists address the question in the format of a PechaKucha and roundtable discussion
• October 25, 7 pm
• 240 S. Ave. 57, Highland Park, CA 90042
• moderated by Stephanie Pincetl, Director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities
• artists:  Hadley Arnold, Allison Behrstock, Olivia Chumacero,  Janet Owen Driggs, Ron Finley, Jenny Price, Jane Tsong, Tricia Ward, and others
• Potluck at 6.30pm. Bring food to share, or just your utensils to help make this a zero waste event.

EVENT: Tongva Talk, a Cultural Campfire,
is a time to gather around the fire and exchange knowledge and stories of indigenous history, culture and traditions, organized monthly by Olivia Chumacero. This event highlights storytelling by Tongvans.
• Friday, November 2, 7:30 pm
• Anabolic Monument, Native Plant Garden ceremonial space, at north end of the Los Angeles State Historic Park,  1245 N. Spring Los Angeles, CA 90012. Parking available on Baker Street. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on the sand.  Join in potluck dinner by bringing your own utensils.
• everythingismedicine.wordpress.com

Freewaves and UCLA IMLab at Chiparaki:
Can Artists Use Technology to Enable Communities?
Roundtable discussion, Everyone Welcome
• Saturday November 3, 1 pm
• 1637 N Spring St,  N Chinatown, 90012,  enter on Baker Street
• Fabian Wagmister (UCLA IMLab), Pedro Joel Espinosa (IDEPSCA’s Mobile Voices), Vicki Callahan (USC IML), Micha Cardenas, Shagha Ariannia  (Long Story Short), Anne Bray (Freewaves)

18th Street Art Center:  Museum Programming and their constituencies:
The case of the Queens Museum of Art and Corona Plaza
• Saturday, November 3, 5 pm
• 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
• Hosted and moderated by Bill Kelley Jr., 18th Street Art Center Curator in Residence
• Prerana Reddy has been the Director of Public Events for Queens Museum of Art in New York City since 2005. Reddy also spearheads the Museum’s community engagement initiatives combining arts and culture with social development goals in nearby neighborhoods predominately comprised of new immigrants, including programs that address language access, healthcare, public space advocacy, and the mortgage crisis.

LACE: Can LA Make Socially Engaged Art Happen?
Roundtable Workshop to explore the possibilities and limits of current organizational models and curatorial strategies that support Social Engagement Art practices. From trust building and community process to  funding and timing, this session invites participants to grapple with fundamental questions —  How to sustain a project?   How to represent in the community?  How  long will the work really take?
• Saturday, November 10   1 to 4pm
• 6522 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028
• Kim Abeles (artist),  John Spiak (curator/director, Grand Central Art Center), Carol Stakenas (LACE) and others
• with the exhibition (Re-) Cycles of Paradise

Getty Museum: Do We Need Artists in Art Museums?
Does the role of an artist at museums stop once his or her art enters the collection and is displayed in the galleries? A growing number of museums are bringing artists into the fold – whether or not their art is displayed – and asking them to call on their own practices to devise creative opportunities for engaging diverse audiences and communities.  This panel of artists who have engaged museum audiences, and museum staff who have engaged artists, explores how museums reach communities through artists, and asks whether this is true engagement or mere flirtation.
• November 14, 7 pm
• 1200 Getty Center Dr.  Los Angeles, 90049
• Speakers TBD

Self Help Graphics + The School of Echoes:
How Can Artists and the Eastside Generate Change Together?
Is the community or the artists the protagonists? What is the role of the artist as community and vice versa? How can Artists/community drive the visioning and planning of an arts district before it happens?  How do we move beyond participants, observers, beautifiers and “decorators” and into a more integrated part of development planning?
• November 17, 4 pm
• 1300 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033
• Evonne Gallardo (Self Help Graphics), Sandra de la Loza (artist), Alfred Fraijo Jr. (LURN: Leadership for Urban Renewal Now), Elizabeth Blaney, Leon Mostovoy, Dont Rhine, Walt Senterfitt, Leonardo Vilchis, (members of groups Ultra-red, The School of Echoes, Union de Vecinos, Woodcraft Rangers, Dept. of Public Health)

USC Roski School of Fine Art:
Occupy the Mind: Pedagogy, ‘Capitalocentrism’ and the Arts Fantasy
• November 30, Friday 3-5 pm
• 3001 S. Flower St. Los Angeles, CA 90007
• Coordinated by Kelly Akashi, Rhea Anastas, Katherine Bray, Connie Butler, Jud Fine, Jack Halberstam, A.L. Steiner, and Noura Wedell
• Participants: TBD

PAST but posted online:

USC Price School: Is LA the Creative or Anti-Creative City?
What are lines that our regulations and laws draw around the arts, exploring the edges between art and the city? Do artists represent only gentrification for our communities? How does art, and how do artists add value to urban life? How should planners consider art and artists? How do planning regulations aid the creation of a creatively vibrant city that adds not only economic value but also cultural excitement to the lives of urban residents?
• Urban Growth Seminar on Tuesday, September 18, 12 noon to 1:30 pm
• At USC Lewis Hall 101
• Elizabeth Currid (USC Price) and Sarah Schrank (History, CSULB), moderated by David Sloane (USC Price)
• posted at USC Youtube channel of the Urban Growth Seminar
• audio posted at KCET.org/Artboundcolumn of Sue Bell YankMORE DETAILS:

http://freewaves.org/public-art-social-practice/a-series-of-discussions-about-socially-engaged-art-in-l-a-fall-2012/


Brent Green – Current Artist in Residence @ GCAC

September 24, 2012

Brent Green @ Grand Central Art Center

Brent Green arrived late last week and is getting settled in to our artist in residence apartment and studio. We are working with him to set up a private space within GCAC for a sound recording studio, where he will be developing and recording soundtracks for new works.

Brent is a self-taught artist and filmmaker who lives and works in a barn in Cressona, PA. Known for his poetic works that address complex personal struggles, he will be with us in residence through early December, creating a new multi-channel video installation for solo exhibition in the main gallery. A 2005 recipient of the prestigious Creative Capital grant, he has presented solo exhibitions of his work at such institutions as Berkeley Art Museum, SITE Santa Fe, EMPAC, DiverseWorks, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and Palmer Art Museum at Penn State University. Brent’s film works have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Walker Art Center, Pacific Film Archive, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Wexner Center and Museum of Modern Art in New York, which has his feature Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then as part of their permanent collection.

While he is here, he will conduct outreach programs with California State University Fullerton College of the Arts students, students of Orange County School of the Arts and teens of the Santa Ana community, through animation and stop-motion filmmaking techniques.

Green will also screen his feature film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, with live performed soundtrack during a one evening program. The live soundtrack will be performed by Brent, with his collaborative partners: Tim Rutili, Tim Hurley (both from Califone), Mike McGinley (Bitter Tears), and artist Donna Kozloskie.

Our original scheduled venue, The Copper Door, had an unfortunate pipe burst which now has them closed for a couple of months for renovations, so we are scrambling to find an ideal venue for the screening. We will keep you posted on the venue and date. We are aiming for a Friday, October 12th, evening performance!

*UPDATE ON VENUE: The event in now scheduled to occur October 12, 7pm @ Orange County School of the Arts, Margaret A. Webb Theatre, 801 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA.

His end of residency exhibition is schedule to open here at Grand Central Art Center in our main gallery on December 1 and run through February 10, 2013.


We Love Orange County School of the Arts!!!

September 21, 2012

Yes, we really LOVE this school!  The Orange County School of the Arts is our neighbor, located just down Sycamore Street from Grand Central Art Center.  If you don’t know this school, you should.  As stated in their own words “This premier public charter school currently serves more than 1,850 students in grades 7-12 from more than 120 cities throughout Southern California.”

Their students visit us all the time, through formal classes with their instructors, to groups of friends dropping over after school. Last week, a wonderful group of students came over after school and we provided them with a tour, and they entertained us with a little improvisational performance work.  Truly talented and inspired young individuals.

Earlier this week, OCSA teacher Randy Au brought two of his classes for tours and conversations.  GCAC Direct/Chief Curator John D. Spiak talked with the student about the work of artist Tony de los Reyes and theories of abstract painting.  They asked outstanding questions about the work, as well as questions about institutional decision making, artist selection and curatorial process.


Yesterday, Mr. Au brought another group of his students.  They spent time talking with our GCAC team member Yevgeniya Mikhailik, who also happens to be an amazing artist, about the work of artist Erin Morrison. Yevgeniva curated Erin’s exhibition and talked about her process, this body of work and her own role at GCAC.   They shared their thoughts and asked more questions.  It’s clear by their questions, these young artists are learning a dialogue and critical thinking that will lead to great success moving forward.


We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have such great neighbors!


PANEL, GALLERY TALK, FIRST SATURDAY – OCT. 6 @ GCAC

September 18, 2012

5pm – CONVERSATIONS WITH MASTERS: PANEL #1
Tony de los Reyes – Current GCAC Exhibiting Artist “Border Theory”
Deb Klowden Mann – Owner of Gallery/KM in Santa Monica
Sara Dehghan – Current CSUF MFA Painting

Conversations with Masters are a series of panel discussion that will take place at GCAC.  Placing current CSUF MFA students working on degrees in specific medium, in conversation with individuals currently successful in that medium, in conversation with individuals who play a role in decision-making within that field.  For example:  MFA artist, in conversation with a successful artist in the field, in conversation with a gallery owner; MFA theatre student, in conversation with actor, in conversation with theatre director/TV show creator; exhibition/design student, in conversation with curator, in conversation with museum director.  Leading these conversations, the MFA students will direct the conversation, asking direct questions focused toward approaches for greater success and opportunities in the field as they near and complete graduation
 
6pm – ERIN MORRISON GALLERY TALK

Erin Morrison’s current exhibition, Meditative Action, is currently on exhibition at GCAC through October 14, 2012.  Morrison’s recent body of work is a culmination of paintings ranging from what some might consider surrealistic landscape to magic realism, with slight experimentation in minimalism. The intent of the work is to reach beyond the dictum of paintings history through the categorization of genre, and to explore the identifiable borders established by the institution of studio practice. They portray a sense of loss or misunderstanding, as well as a feeling of upheaval, revealing the displacement that comes with living a somewhat nomadic life.
 
7-10pm – SANTA ANA’S FIRST SATURDAY ART WALK


KEEPING ACTIVE @ GCAC!

September 18, 2012

Over the past few months, Grand Central Art Center, through Artist in Residence Jules Rochielle, has been actively working on developing a collaborative project with the Santa Ana Public Library.   The proposal, titled The Raitt Street Chronicles, will be an oral histories project that deals with recording of stories of the survivors of violence.  Centered around a neighborhood known as the Townsend district in Santa Ana, the artist and GCAC are work collaboratively with the Santa Ana Public Library administrative team, Cheryl Eberly and Manny Escamilla, and teen program “young historians”, as well as Sharon Sekhon, PhD, Professor in Cal State University Fullerton‘s American Studies program. The recorded oral histories and video components will be archived at the Santa Ana Public Library and will be developed into a visual/sound art component exhibited through GCAC.

As a part of the process, collaborative partnerships with community organizations are being developed and strengthened in hopes of greater outreach and mutually beneficial outcomes.  Late last week, we had the great fortune to visit The Grain Project‘s community and teaching garden at Jerome Park in central Santa Ana.  We met with The Grain Project‘s Co-Founder & Executive Director Lara Montagne and were provided a complete tour of the garden by local community expert Marco.  Marco shared so much valuable knowledge, providing insight into each plant’s characteristics and health benefits.  A remarkable tour by a truly passionate individual!

@ The Grain Project

We had the opportunity to walk the surrounding neighborhood, hear directly from Manny about his experiences growing up on these streets, and connected with artists currently working on a public mural with The Grain Project.  It was an amazing afternoon and has helped us to continue to develop new partnerships towards the realization of The Raitt Street Chronicles.

@ The Grain Project – Lara Montagne, Marco, Jules Rochielle, Manuel (Manny) J. Escamilla

Saturday afternoon, the Tijuana based team from bulbo collective, Omar Foglio, José Luis Figueroa Lewis, Ana Paola Rodriguez and Blanca España, arrived for a short residency at Grand Central Art Center.  This was their first site visit to the Center and provided an opportunity for a tour of our institution and a walking tour of Downtown Santa Ana.  GCAC brought bulbo to town to screen their feature film Tierra Brillante (Brilliant Soil).  As we walked the town, we talked about possible collaborative projects through a future extended residency, so we will keep you posted as that conversation continues to move forward.

On Sunday, after an early afternoon sound and visual check, we screened Tierra Brillante (Brilliant Soil).  The bulbo collective project film was screened in association with the OC Film Fiesta, through the collaborative effort of the Fiesta’s Director Sandra “Pocha” Peña and Creative Director Victor Payan, at The Yost Theater.  GCAC would like to thank OC Film Fiesta, and especially like to thank the generosity of The Yost Theater Owner Dennis Lluy and his amazing team.

Sound check for Tierra Brillante (Brilliant Soil) screening @ The Yost

Tierra Brillante (Brilliant Soil) screening @ The Yost

Tierra Brillante (Brilliant Soil) screening @ The Yost

The documentary follows Herlinda, an indigenous Purepecha potter, one of the few artisans in her community who uses alternative lead-free glazes, as she faces the difficult task of finding a market for her impressive pieces. The screening was truly a moving experience, an emotional journey of spirit, joy and family.  A quality audience was on hand who clearly appreciated the film, staying for 45-minutes following the screening to ask questions of the filmmakers.

OC Film Fiesta Creative Director Victor Payan leads discussion with Tierra Brillante (Brilliant Soil) Co-Director José Luis Figueroa Lewis and Producer Omar Foglio Almada @ The Yost

After the question and answer session, individuals had the opportunity to see works by Herlinda, and fellow Purepecha potters, who are now using lead-free glazes, on display in front of The Yost.

Community viewing works by Herlinda and fellow Purepecha potters @ The Yost

Blanca España, Omar Foglio, John Spiak, Jose Luis Figueroa, Victor Payan, Sandra “Pocha” Peña @ The Yost

Community viewing works by Herlinda and fellow Purepecha potters @ The Yost

Omar Foglio, John Spiak, Jose Luis Figueroa, Blanca España, Ana Paola Rodriguez @ The Yost

Grand Central Art Center thanks all those who attended the evening and each of our collaborative partners for their continued support of our programs and activities.


KICKING OFF THE WEEK RIGHT @ GCAC!

September 10, 2012

Another week off to the right start!

The day began with a site visit by artist Dawn Weleski.  This was her visit to Grand Central Art Center, so we provided her the full walking tour of both GCAC and Downtown Santa Ana. She asked all the right questions and we could see the wheels turning in her head.  We know she’ll be back often, and hopefully as Artist in Residence in the very near future!  Here is a little taste (pun-intended) of a recent project in her own words: http://arcdirector.blogspot.com/2012/03/artcity-dawn-weleski.html

Artist Jules Rochielle, GCAC Director John D. Spiak, Artist Dawn Weleski @ GCAC


Jules Rochielle
is back on site for a few days as she continues her projects, developed in collaboration with multiple community organizations throughout our downtown area, including SACReD, Santa Ana Public Library, The Grain Project, El Centro, United Artists of Santa Ana, among many others, and engaging our CSUF students.  Her energy, respect and passion are feverish, and her artistic vision so powerful.

Normally we are closed to the public on Mondays, but today we opened up our doors to CSUF Alum and former Grand Central Art Center MFA resident Eric Jones and his students from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.  The color theory and design class toured the current exhibitions, examining the work and talking technique.  Thank You Eric for bringing your students to engage with our exhibitions.

GCAC Director John D. Spiak talks with Eric Jones FIDM students about the work of Tony de los Reyes.

Wonderful having such a great group of individuals here on a Monday. Helps us kick-off the week with energy!


Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez – 47th District of California – Visits GCAC!

September 8, 2012

We were so honored to have Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez of the 47th District of California, visit Grand Central Art Center today for a full tour of our institution.  Thank You Congresswoman for the wonderful conversation and insight!

GCAC Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez with the work of artist Tony de los Reyes.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and GCAC Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak with the work of Tony de los Reyes.

GCAC Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez

GCAC Director/Chief Curator John D. Spiak and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez