5:00-8:30 p.m. Giuseppe's Bar Service
5:00-9:00 p.m. Excerpt from Something to do with Crossing...
6:00-7:00 p.m. Art-Making Activity: Fiber Art
6:00-8:00 p.m. The Quilt Conversation
6:30 p.m. The Third Party
7:30 p.m. Artist talk with Misael Diaz and Amy Sanchez
Something to do with Crossing
Artists Misael Diaz and Amy Sanchez's installation will be situated within the American galleries of the Museum for one day only. Their work for the Summer Salon Series 2012 is based on research pertaining to the art on view at the Museum as well as their own investigation of immigration issues today. Something to do with Crossing... features recreations of headstones from an "immigrant cemetery" in El Centro, California and audio recordings based on actual testimony from migrants. The artists approached the Pastrana Tapestries (on view in the exhibition The Invention of Glory) as a monument to the myth of Portuguese King Afonso's legitimate claim to territories in Northern Africa in 1471, comparing it to the border fence in Southern California, which stands as a monument to the myths of the legitimacy of nation states. The artists will install headstones beneath paintings in the permanent collection that aid in the construction of an American identity and will offer visitors complimentary audio tours that pair migrant testimony at each headstone. This installation will be presented in Galleries 2 and 3.
To celebrate the opening of our special exhibition The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, Museum Educator Lucy Eron will lead a hands-on, fiber arts workshop appropriate and fun for all ages and skill levels. This activity will take place in The Studio.
The Quilt Conversation
During eight weeks over the summer, arist Andrew Printer, with Ann Olsen, will organize two groups of quilters to work at the Museum on Friday evenings and construct quilts that recall the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. One group of quilters will consist of those that actually contributed to the original AIDS Quilt, with the other consisting of quilters too young to recall that important work. Each group will be audio recorded over the course of the summer, and their statements will eventually form the basis of a script, to be read at the last evening of the Summer Salon Series 2012. In addition, the completed quilts will be formally presented and hung in the rotunda of the Museum during the final evening. This work will take place in the Upper Rotunda.
The Third Party
Artist and Summer Salon Series Co-Curator David White will be presenting The Third Party throughout the summer. This work consists of a mobile interview cart that can be relocated to any gallery in the Museum. White pre-selects individuals to join him on the cart for an interview, which always begins with a conversation on the work of art the cart happens to be parked in front of at that time. The works and the guests are chosen in concert with one another, so that the work of art serves as an appropriate point of departure for the conversation with that particular guest. Each of these conversations will be videorecorded and posted online for future viewing.
Artist Talk with Misael Diaz and Amy Sanchez
Diaz and Sanchez will discuss their installation, and the questions they considered during its construction, including: Is it possible to experience the past of such regions [the United States/Mexico border] without becoming an agent in the reaffirmation of power/conquest? What is the historical counter-narrative we can construct based on a history of transgression? This talk will take place in Gallery 16.