Summer Salon Series 2012: Beyond the Banner (August 10)

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Summer Salon Series 2012: Beyond the Banner (August 10)

1450 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
August 10th, 2012 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

san diego
Sun 12-5; Mon-Tue,Thu-Sat 10-5 / Summer Hours June 1 through Labor Day Sun 12-5; Mon-Tue,Fri-Sat 10-5; Thu 10-9
workshop, installation, sculpture
Free after Museum admission.


5:00-9:00 p.m.  Giuseppe's Bar Service

5:00 -9:00 p.m. Capitalism Works for Me

5:30-6:00 p.m.  The Third Party

6:00-7:00 p.m.  Art-making Activity: Money Printing

7:30 p.m.           Artist Talk: Steve Lambert

8:00 p.m.           Concert by Peaking Lights

Capitalism Works for Me with Artist Steve Lambert
Artist Steve Lambert will install his interactive sculpture on the west side of the Museum for much of the month of August.  Lambert explains the work as  "starting a conversation about Capitalism is like walking up to a stranger and asking, “Can I talk to you about Jesus?” The word “capitalism” is a red flag. And for good reason—pretty soon either some dude is talking your ear off about “The System” or aggressively confronting you about taxes. Ugh. At the same time, capitalism is discussed every day using euphemisms like “jobs,” “job creation,” “the business climate,” and discussing whatever “crisis” is deemed relevant; a housing crisis, financial crisis, social security crisis, tax crisis, or fill- in-the blank crisis. But the whole is rarely a topic of frank discussion—much less alternatives or meaningful reform.  But what to do? Start a conversation about capitalism and friends edge away slowly, and strangers even faster.  This is what art is for. This is what art does well. It creates a space where new ideas and perspectives can be explored. A space unlike any other.  Hear more about what Lambert has to say during his artist talk at 7:30.

Art-Making Activity
Join Daniela Kelly, Museum Educator for an workshop on making fake money that is sure to be fun and engaging for all ages and skill levels.  This workshop takes place in The Studio. 

Peaking Lights
Rising stars Indra Dunis and Aaron Coyes will bring their lo-fi, high-energy, indie psych rock music to the Museum for an intimate concert in our European galleries.  Fresh off their brand new release Lucifer, this married couple has received increasing attention for their home-made synthesizers and diverse sounds.  This concert takes place in Gallery 18. 

Support for Summer Salon Series 2012: Beyond the Banner, provided by Wells Fargo, Mr. Brent V. Woods and Dr. Laurie C. Mitchell, the Museum’s Contemporary Arts Committee, the Members of The San Diego Museum of Art, and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program. Institutional support for the Museum is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. Curated by The San Diego Museum of Art and agitprop.

What is the Summer Salon Series?

Every Friday evening, from June 1 through August 31, 2012, The San Diego Museum of Art will be hosting artists, lecturers, poets and performers to investigate the topics of historical fictions and the dissemination of information. Where do we get our news from? Who and what controls our access to information? What are the historical images and myths that affect our current social, cultural and political discourse? How is fiction used by artists to tell stories and create awareness of particular issues? Is there such a thing as the ethical use of propaganda? With such a glut of information at our fingertips, how do we assemble this information into practical knowledge? What are the personal fictions we tell ourselves as individuals? When does "the document" become the event itself in terms of shaping public discourse? These are the types of questions that have been raised since the popularization of postmodernist inquiry in the 20th century, which raise relevant questions for the information age, and serve as an appropriate link between contemporary art and the 15th century art that will be on view at the Museum over the summer.

This program provides the Museum an opportunity to present its version of the “salon,” a place for all those interested in art and culture to meet, discuss ideas, and engage with artistic performances. The Series presents projects, performances, talks, demonstrations, and workshops, most for one night only.