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We'd love your company is a new project with New York-based art ist Ethan Breckenridge.  The project extends an open invitation to publics to repurpose the UAG into a negotiated space of research\, dialogue\, perfo rmance\, sociality\, and activism. The gallery becomes a place where the as sumptions of participatory formats in art practice and popular culture\, ar e thought through\, discussed\, performed and tested through a program of e vents and conditions of in/hospitable space.

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The physical walls of the g allery\, which previously served to delineate separate display spaces and t o maximize surface area for exhibition of artworks\, are cut out and recons tructed to provide a physical platform\, as well as other ambiguous grounde d structures\, that invite indeterminate use. Translucent scrims\, scattere d throughout the newly opened space\, allow guests to erect mutable enclosu res and barriers\, while life-size figures\, enlarged from architectural mo dels\, populate the space as its imagined and real participants. Through th is redesign\, Breckenridge acts as architect and host to ambivalent inhabit ation by all guests and collaborators — both allied and adversarial\, ideal ized and actualized. 

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We’d love your company parlays the open i nvitation into a call for program proposals as a transactional vehicle for the use and exchange of space and time by the UAG's most proximate public\, the university student(s)\, as well as its ancillary publics\, the “commun ity.” Parallel to this invitation\, We'd love your company hosts a series of guest lectures\, performances\, and workshops that critically re spond to the participatory imperative in contemporary art practices and pol itical institutions. Alongside this programming\, the performance of an ada pted teleplay and the screening of a video\, both produced by Breckenridge\ , consider projective and reflexive instances of the hospitable gesture and participation in piecemeal\, narrative forms.  To view the full schedule o f programs\, please visit the Upcoming Talks and Events page. 

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Over the course of < em>We'd love your company\, a progressive publication will document th e project in a self-archiving format to become a flexible instruction manua l that invites further reflection and both auspicious and dubious participa tion. 

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Call for Proposals

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Members of public s are invited to propose event programs as part of\, or separate from\, the exhibition. We welcome all proposals! Conferences\, performances\, seminar s\, gabfests\, team building sessions\, social gatherings\, tête-à-tête's\, etc.  To propose an event program\, or for any related inquiries\, please e-mail uag@ucsd.edu with your name\, organization\, potential dates and times\, a brief description\ , potential equipment/material needs\, your contact information\, and "YOUR PROGRAM HERE" in the subject line.

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Ethan Breckenridge (b. Madison\ , Wisconsin\, 1977) lives and works in New York. He earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and MFA from Columbia University. He has exhibited i n galleries and institutions internationally and has produced projects for unitednationsplaza in Berlin\, Germany (2006)\, Goethe Institut's Ludlow38 in New York (2008)\, the Museo Patino in Santa Cruz\, Bolivia (2009)\, and the Sommerakademie at Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern\, Switzerland (2009). Most recently\, he exhibited at Gresham’s Ghost in Baltimore\, The Zabludowicz C ollection in London\, UK\, Thierry Goldberg Gallery in New York\, and The S uburban in Chicago.

DTEND:20130510 DTSTAMP:20141228T234232 DTSTART:20130221 GEO:32.855706;-117.237748 LOCATION:University Art Gallery\, UCSD\,9500 Gilman Drive\, 0327 Mandeville Center\nLa Jolla\, CA 92093 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:We'd Love Your Company\, Ethan Breckenridge UID:256450 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130221T203000 DTSTAMP:20141228T234232 DTSTART:20130221T173000 GEO:32.855706;-117.237748 LOCATION:University Art Gallery\, UCSD\,9500 Gilman Drive\, 0327 Mandeville Center\nLa Jolla\, CA 92093 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:We'd Love Your Company\, Ethan Breckenridge UID:256451 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR