You Are Breathing In It! Alternative Art Practices

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You Are Breathing In It! Alternative Art Practices
Curated by: Karla Diaz

3425 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501
July 14th, 2012 - September 22nd, 2012
Opening: July 14th, 2012 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


The group exhibition, You Are Breathing In It! Alternative Art Practices, is an investigation of alternative artistic processes in contemporary art, highlighting artists from: Riverside; Los Angeles; San Jose; Chicago; Tijuana, Mexico; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The exhibition features photographs, installations, films, music, drawings, and sculptures. This groundbreaking exhibition at the Riverside Art Museum examines and redefines the concept and space of the ‘artist’s studio’ as a unique platform for developing dialogues, relationships, and greater community involvement through questions relating to: public space, education, civic engagement, violence, identity, and community. While many situate the site of artistic production in a traditional studio art space, these artists redefine the concept and use the streets, apartments/homes, nightclubs, or vehicles. Other artists in the exhibition appropriate spaces such as restaurants, storefronts, and other public spaces of gathering to make art, intervene, and lead discussions.

An expansive two-gallery exhibition with ongoing activities and companion events, You Are Breathing In it! presents a selection of varied and interactive media that travel far beyond the realm of formal aesthetics. The underlying objective of the works in the exhibit is to serve as a vehicle for engaging discussion, diversification, and cultivating meaningful relationships and experiences in an art context that is at once playful and commanding. Accompanying events and activities during the exhibition’s run will include: student-led discussions with Puerto Rican artist Christopher Rivera and his co-curatorial-based project, “Cave In,” that showcased artists inside a cave; a student-based curatorial internship project; art, writing, and performance workshops, such as Evelyn Serranos’ collective, NOMAD Lab, a community-based art project which designs and implements free art workshops that address the rise in criminal activity; a film screening and panel discussion by Tijuana-based media art collective Bulbo and their appropriation of a space and the twelve-step program format of the Alcoholics Anonymous group to lead discussions; an interactive mural hosted by Mobile Mural Lab; We Woke The World Festival, a living monument to the women's suffrage movement, initiated by Ari Kletzky and centered on a participatory sing-along of a historic Suffragist-era song; an interactive listening workshop by Elana Mann based on her project in collaboration with musician Juliana Snapper, The People’s Microphony Camerata (PMC), an experimental choir exploring ideas of listening through sound, voice, and body.

Curated by: Karla Diaz

Karla Diaz is a celebrated curator, artist, writer, and co-director of Slanguage Studio, an artist space and art collective based out of Wilmington, California. Diaz has presented work and coordinated exhibits at renowned local venues, including: The Getty Museum, MOCA, and LACMA, as well as internationally, throughout Spain, Egypt, and Mexico.

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