Last Night @ GCAC – Joshua Simon + Dutch Treat Dinner

April 9, 2014

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Last evening Grand Central Art Center, in collaboration with Artis, presented a talk by Joshua Simon. Simon is the Director and Chief Curator for The Museums of Bat Yam, a complex of three museums located in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area in Israel.

Joshua shared an overview of his institutions mission, including images, video and handed out published materials from recent exhibitions. He provided insight into the engagement with a diverse community that is at the core of his institutions mission.

Through the question and answer session, he field questions on the current political climate, navigating boycotts and the effects and impact of Occupy Wall Street type moments worldwide.

The evening concluded with a Dutch Treat Dinner at Santa Ana’s own TABU, continuing conversation and connections at a more informal level.

A truly informative and enjoyable evening!

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We thank the quality audience in attendance, which included Deans from the Arts programs at Cal State Long Beach and Santa Ana College, Interim Director of the Orange County Museum of Art, Assoc. Prof. of Art History & Museum Studies from Irvine Valley College, Independent Curator and SoCal Curator of the Artist Pension Trust, Director of Marketing from the The Muchenthaler Culture Center, three current GCAC Artists in Residence, local artists and current MFA/MA students from Cal State Fullerton and UCI.

Special thanks to Kris Kuramitsu, Associate Director in Los Angeles of Artis, for making the collaborative program possible.


Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington Kicks-Off GCAC Santa Ana Sites Series

March 23, 2013

Last evening, Grand Central Art Center kicked-off Santa Ana Sites, a series being developed by GCAC through community collaborations, which aims to present contemporary performance in public and private spaces, in and around downtown Santa Ana.

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Santa Ana Sites #1 featured David Harrington, Founder and Artistic Director of the Kronos Quartet.  Through our collaborative partner and the individual whose original conversation sparked this series, the inspiring Allen Moon, a select group of guests spent the evening in Moon’s downtown Santa Ana loft home, as Mr. Harrington shared his insights into Kronos’ creative process.

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The evening began with a sound check, fine-tuning the system prior to the arrival of our guests.  We wish to thank Dennis Lluy and The Yost for their support with staging equipment.

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As the guests arrived, they were greeted with appetizers, drinks and lively conversation. Our thanks to Dan Bradley and Diego Velasco of Memphis for their generosity of quality food for the evening, as well as an additional thank you to Dennis Lluy and The Yost for their gracious support with the beverages.   The mixer provided a chance to build new connections, meet those that are active with our community and visit with old friends.

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Seats were put into place and the program for the evening was set to begin.  Using samples of music that’s currently catching his ear, David first presented work that spoke to inspiration, influence and music that continues to affect the Kronos aesthetic.

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He invited the audience to be engaged throughout the evening, which they did, asking intriguing questions and receiving David’s thoughtful responses.  David shared information about current Kronos projects in development and spoke about the Under 30 project, an initiative that began during Kronos 30th anniversary, which cultivates the next generation of composers through commissions from  composers under the age of 30.  Kronos will announce the next selected composer of this honor at the end of this month..

It was an evening enjoyed by all, the perfect kick-off to our new GCAC series!

David is in town to perform with Kronos Quartet, as they present Sun RingsSaturday, March 23rd at The Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts.  The center is located on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. Information on the concert can be found online at:

http://www.carpenterarts.org/2012-2013/kronos-quartet.html

Kronos Quartet Website

http://www.kronosquartet.org/

Further information on Sun Rings can be found online at:

http://kronosquartet.org/projects/detail/sun_rings

Here is the annotated list of the selections David played last night, we thought you might enjoy it!

1]    Beethoven String Quartet #12 Op. 127 in E Flat Major [opening] Budapest String Quartet [recorded 1961 Sony Classical]

2]    David Harrington ‘Drone Forever’ Kronos Quartet –E Flat Minor Chord–from ‘Dirty Wars’ soundtrack

3]    David Harrington ‘Drone for Children’ Kronos Quartet–E Flat Minor Chord [rhythm]–from ‘Dirty Wars’ soundtrack

4]    ‘Llanero, si, soy Ilanero’ [Plainsman, Yes, I Am a Plainsman] from Joropo from the Orinoco Plains of Columbia [Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40515]

5]    Fela Kuti ‘Sorrow, Tears and Blood’ Kronos Quartet [Red Hot to be released July 2013]

6]    Mahalia Jackson ‘God Shall Wipe All Tears Away’ [recorded 1937 Vol. 1 complete Mahalia Jackson–Fremeaux & Associes]

7]    trad. Swedish ‘Tusen Tankar’ [A Thousand Thoughts] Kronos Quartet [released on Kronos website]

8]    Bob Dylan ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right’ track #7 from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan [Columbia]

9]    Bob Dylan/Philip Glass/Kronos ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right’ track # 20 CD #3 from Chimes of Freedom-The Songs of Bob Dylan [Amnesty International]

10]  Antarctica Doug Quin ‘Weddell Seals–Underwater’ track #3 [Wild Sanctuary]

11]  Animal Music: Team of Jeremy Roht–West Dawson, Yukon Territory [Suppose]

12]  Sounds of North American Frogs ‘The Biological Significance of Voice in Frogs’ tracks #1-3 recordings and narration by Charles M. Bogert [Smithsonian Folkways]

13]  Don Walser/Kronos Quartet ‘Danny Boy’ live recording UT Austin [1999] -soon to be released

14]  George Crumb ‘Black Angels’ Kronos Quartet track #1 ‘Night of the Electric Insects’ [Nonesuch]

15]  Nicolas Repac ‘Black Box’ track #1 ‘Chain Gang Blues’ [No Format-Naive]

Individuals he mentioned during his program:

Studs Terkel [radio announcer/author]

Terence Blanchard [composer for Spike Lee’s ‘Katrina’]

Nikki Finney [poet–National Book Award]

Howard Zinn [historian/activist/writer]


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.
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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/