Summer Salon Series 2012: Beyond the Banner (August 17)

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Summer Salon Series 2012: Beyond the Banner (August 17)

1450 El Prado
Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101
August 17th, 2012 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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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
quilt, printmaking
Free after Museum admission


5:00-8:30 p.m.  Giuseppe's Bar Service

5:00-9:00 p.m.  Zac Kime Montanaro: Standing (with Grey Area)

5:00-9:00 p.m.  Jamilah Abdul-Sabur: After Charles Bowden

6:00-7:00 p.m.  Art-Making Activity: Printmaking

6:00-8:00 p.m.  The Quilt Conversation

7:30 p.m.            Reading by Allison Cobb


Zac Kime Montanaro 
Montanaro’s site-specific intervention, Standing (with Grey Area) will reorganize expectations for experiencing a Museum gallery and its contents, based on the transformation of existing Museum furniture and resources. Translating cues from the news, the artist will block entrances, move benches and mediate the viewing of art through reproductions and modified spaces, rendering primary content in the Museum as contingent. This work explores the discrepancies between sources and how something like the simple act of standing can compress different ideas and places. 
Jamilah Abdul-Sabur
Abdul-Sabur has cast words and phrases in various materials such as iron, resin, sand, salt, bronze, aluminum, asphalt and ash, in order to contemplate the function, meaning and usage of language.  Her work explores the ways in which meaning can be constructed and destroyed through their physical transformation, manipulation, and repetition. By transforming words into objects, the artist is able to analyze their possible logic and meaning in a tactile way, and to manipulate the words abstractly in "four dimensions," as she says, "-how hard, how big, how fast, how far."  In the piece After Charles Bowden, 2010, a 12’x8’ routed plywood wall protrudes from a supporting wall by 4ft, allowing viewers access to the other side of the plywood structure—offering them an ability to see through the wall.  The shadows, of the routed text marked by the light, gives a sense of displacement.  The text reads: Now everywhere is a line and crossing these lines grows harder and the lines themselves leap magically upward and become walls and razor wire and bullets and cells, absolute.  The appropriated text is by author, journalist Charles Bowden, who writes about issues of migration along U.S./Mexico border.
Join Museum Educator Lucy Eron for a printmaking workshop that is sure to be fun for all ages and skill levels.
The Quilt Conversation
The Quilt Conversation
will take place over ten weeks this summer.  Artist Andrew Printer, with Ann Olsen, have organized two groups of quilters who will work at the Museum on Friday evenings to construct two quilts that recall the 1980’s. Inspired by major artworks that emerged during the AIDS crisis one group of quilters will consist of those who contributed to the original NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt in Washington, D.C. The second group will recall and historicize other themes of that decade, ranging from Paul Simon’s Graceland to the fall of the Berlin wall.  Each group’s quilt making conversations will be recorded and that text will form the basis of a performance to be presented on 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 on Fridays upon their completion until the final evening. The Quilt Conversation project will take place every Friday evening for two hours in the Upper Rotunda.
Allison Cobb
Cobb will read from her work in progress, The Autobiography of Plastic.  For this work, the author is tracing the journey of a single piece of plastic that probably came from the Consolidated factory in San Diego during WWII. It was stamped VP-101, the name of a WWII PBY squadron. It turned up on Midway Island in 2004, inside the belly of a dead albatross chick. As more plastic pollution enters the ocean, this is becoming a common phenomenon: One study says 40% of albatross chicks die from swallowing plastic, Cobb says.

“We can read such statistics, but we may not really feel their full meaning,” she notes, “unless we can understand about a single piece of plastic and the lives it passed through.” In this case, they include the factory workers in San Diego, the young Navy pilot who survived being shot down by the Japanese but lost his plane, and the wildlife photographer who removed every piece of plastic – more than 500 in all – from the albatross chick she had been photographing only the day before. “I hope,” says Cobb, “that by uncovering such traces I can show that the autobiography of plastic is really the autobiography of all of us.”


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.