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Today we celebrate resilience.

Art, as a practice, sustains our histories, values and collective human spirit. Santa Monica’s original peoples understood this long before the development of California, utilizing art as a process to share conversation, form networks of support, and engage in collaborative activities. 

As part of Arts Month, Santa Monica artists, including 18th Street artists in residence Lita Albuquerque, Dan Kwong, and Marcus Kuiland-Nazario remind us of this by reciting a proclamation, originally created by Santa Monica Artist Fellow Larissa FastHorse, that responds to COVID-19 and art’s role in recording and responding to humanity’s resiliency and perseverance throughout time. 

Also, we present to you performance artists Beck + Col’s “Intro to Monster Movement” workshop, and encourage you to check out Alexandra Dillon’s interview on The Curator Mag, and Joan Wulf’s entry in the publication Time in the Time of Isolation. Next week, artists from both our campuses are participating in city-wide outdoor art exhibitions, so check out De-Fence Art and Drive-by-Art!

TODAY, we invite you to a livestream screening of Patty Chang’s Milk Debt. Chang reopened participation in her List of Fears in March 2020 after Safer at Home measures were instituted, and the videos showing as part of this livestream event were created from responses submitted during the pandemic. The films are on view until today at 1 PM, which will be followed by an artist conversation.

WATCH NOW: Arts Month 2020 Proclamation City of Santa Monica

For the past few years, City Council has proclaimed April as Arts Month in Santa Monica. This year, Santa Monica Artist Fellow Larissa FastHorse created an original proclamation in response to both Arts Month and the COVID-19 pandemic. The proclamation, as presented by current and former Santa Monica Artist Fellows, is a true testament to the value of the arts to our wellbeing and healing during this time of physical isolation.

Watch Now.

Learn more here: https://www.santamonica.gov/arts/artsmonth

TUNE IN TODAY: Patty Chang’s Milk Debt Livestream Preview Screening & Conversation

Livestream Screening: Wednesday, May 20, 12 pm- Friday, May 22, 1 pm
Artist Conversation: TODAY, May 22, 1 pm

With artist Patty Chang and curator Anuradha Vikram, moderated by curator Asha Bukojemsky of Marathon Screenings (In English with Spanish interpretation)

In collaboration with Marathon Screenings, we co-present a screening and artist conversation around Patty Chang’s Milk Debt, which will open at 18th Street Arts Center this Fall. Curator Anuradha Vikram, who initiated Chang’s presentation at 18th Street, will be in conversation with the artist, alongside curator Asha Bukojemsky of Marathon Screenings moderating.

Milk Debt is a multi-part video project of women pumping breast milk while reciting lists of fears drawn from different communities in various geographical regions around the world. 

Chang’s exhibition was originally scheduled to open to the public on May 16, but due to COVID-19, has been rescheduled for the fall. Chang reopened participation in her List of Fears in March 2020 after Safer at Home measures were instituted, and the videos showing as part of this livestream event were created from responses submitted during the pandemic.

Learn more here.

[Caption: Still of Patty Chang, Milk Debt, 2020. TRT: 10:24 min. Courtesy of the artist.
Still of Patty Chang, Fear List, 2020. TRT: 9 min. Courtesy of the artist.]

DRIVE BY: OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITIONS THE WEEKEND OF MAY 30-31 (and beyond)

Artists on both campuses at 18th Street (18th & Olympic AND the Santa Monica Airport at 3026 Airport Ave.) and beyond are activating outdoor spaces with an astonishing array of mediums and installation. See what this creative community is engaged in making during quarantine in a socially-distanced, safe way.

DE-FENCE ART (Art in the Time of Isolation)
Organized and curated by Luigia Gio Martelloni 

The fence outside 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica
May 30, 2020 (Opening) – June 30, 2020

Participating artists include: Gregg Chadwick, Mara Colecchia, Claudia Concha, Julia Michelle Dawson, Lola Del Fresno, Alexandra Dillon, David Eddington, Joshua Elias, Francesca Forquet, Jane Goren, Yossi Govrin, Sheila Karbassian, Jeremy Kidd, Deborah Lynn Irmas, Susie McKay Krieser, Luigia Gio Martelloni, Crystal Michaelson, Ameeta Nanji, Gary Palmer, Sabine Pearlman, Elham Sagharchi, Daniela Schweitzer, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Alberto Vannetti, Clay White, Joan Wulf, Rebecca Youssef

Art on view May 30th, from 12pm till sunset
The exhibition is visible from sunrise to sunset everyday
Please don’t visit the site at night

More information here.

Drive-By-Art (Public Art in This Moment of Social Distancing)
Organized by Warren Neidich, Renee Petropoulos, Michael Slenske and Anuradha Vikram

Featuring Dan S. Wang, Luciana Abait, Lita Albuquerque, Debra Disman, Yrneh Gabon, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, and Dan Kwong from 18th Street Arts Center.

MAY 30th-31st: West of Western Avenue 
Times: 12-6pm + night viewings at select locations Saturday, May 30th, 8pm-midnight

More information here.

WATCH: Beck + Col “Intro to Monster Movement”

Stomp, sing, yodel, and wave as you discover a world of movement and sounds with performance duo Beck +Col.  Join them as they lead participants in an all-ages workshop activating guests bodies and voices- to develop a series of collaborative performances.

We took a break this week but we’re back next week! We have more exciting workshops that people of all ages can enjoy. Check out the schedule of upcoming classes and recordings of past classes here: https://18thstreet.org/artslearninglab_home/

Each class is also taught in Spanish and can be found here: https://18thstreet.org/artslearninglab_esp/

CHECK OUT: Alexandra Dillon’s interview on The Curator Mag & Joan Wulf in Time in the Time of Isolation

Artist in residence Alexandra Dillon talks with Romina Bertetti about the inspirations and processes that drive her to create surrealist artworks on found objects.

Read more here: https://thecuratormag.in/alexandra-dillon/

Joan Wulf made new work and wrote a poem about this time of isolation in the new publication organized by Cynthia Penna called Time in the Time of Isolation. Wulf’s poem:

 

a time out
                from our everyday routine
a time of
                survival and adaptability                                                                
a time for
                collective acknowledgement of mortality     
a time to
                reflect
a time of
                compassion and giving                                                            
a time for
                connecting with what we hold dear                                            
a time to
                wake up to nature. around us. within us

 

Read more here.

Thank you for seeing me, I feel so less lonely.

The arts can be transformative, even more so now when we’re alone together. Whether it’s repurposing objects for play, exchanging insightful conversation, or transforming fears into moments of compassion and solidarity, artists facilitate empathy. And empathy and connection are absolutely what we need right now.  

With transformative, empathic experiences in mind, this week we present to you experimental jazz musician and professional percussionist Shirazette Tinnin’s “A Better Use for a Spoon” workshop as well as our weekly series, ARTIST x ARTIST, featuring Rebecca Youssef on Joan Wulf and Gregg Chadwick on Dan S. Wang. 

Last, we invite you to a livestream preview screening of work from Patty Chang’s Milk Debt, which will be followed by an artist conversation next Friday.

WATCH NOW: Shirazette Tinnin’s “A Better Use for a Spoon” Workshop!

Experimental jazz musician and professional percussionist Shirazette Tinnin inspired us to discover the joys of drumming on things we can find around our home! Tinnin taught us how to construct and play a homemade drum set made from everyday materials like an oatmeal container, spoons, glasses, and much more! Here is a recording of that workshop.

Watch Now.

Arts Learning Lab @Home Spring semester is just getting started! We have more exciting workshops that people of all ages can enjoy. Check out the schedule of upcoming classes and recordings of past classes here: https://18thstreet.org/artslearninglab_home/

Each class is also taught in Spanish and can be found here: https://18thstreet.org/artslearninglab_esp/

CHECK OUT: ARTIST x ARTIST

ARTIST X ARTIST puts our artists at 18th Street Arts Center in conversation with one another. 18th Street artists are a network of global knowledge systems, and each artist represents their own node of knowledge, cultural practices, and artistic modalities. The discussions reveal ways we can connect as a global community to question our current conditions and imagine future potentials. 

For this installment of ARTIST X ARTIST, Rebecca Youssef and Gregg Chadwick reflect on the work of Joan Wulf and Dan S. Wang.

“From an outside perspective, I view Dan S. Wang’s involvement in the Wisconsin Uprising as a three part artistic exploration. First, there are the protest signs Dan crafted. Second, the community nature of the protests within the Capitol building were performance art of a political nature. Third, Dan’s writing during and after the events provides a timeline and gives us clues on how to move forward. I followed the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising closely. Twitter missives and email reports from my cousin Anne, who was in Madison protesting daily inside the Capitol Rotunda, kept me informed along with livestreams of the events. I began to see the global connections between the Wisconsin protests with Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring. The structural injustices in regressive actions by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his cronies infuriated me. We needed to take a stand! If we lost, we would end up in a nightmare scenario… Well, we lost that battle. Now, with the current mismanagement of the pandemic and financial crisis by the 2020 White House the nightmare is real. Seeing Dan’s protest movement as art during the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising documented on his website brought me viscerally back to those struggles. Seeing Dan’s Wisconsin Uprising work has inspired me in our current political reality to continue with my protest paintings.”

 

Read more on the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising from Dan S. Wang’s perspective here.

Dan S. Wang on the Wisconsin Uprising for Creative Time Summit

“I’m really interested in how fire became an integral part of Joan Wulf’s work. Initially, I was attracted to the danger and excitement I associate with the concept of burning. Joan’s control over the medium is what stands out to me the most. I love the simple elegance and restraint of her quieter pieces. Her use of fire as a principle medium has influenced my practice and use of water as my preferred medium. I’m interested in the stark contrasts between Joan’s work and mine, but also the similarities.”

TUNE IN: Patty Chang’s Milk Debt Livestream Preview Screening

Patty Chang, Milk Debt, 2020. 10:24 min. Video still. Courtesy of the artist.
Patty Chang, Fear List, 2020. 9 minutes. Video still. Courtesy of the artist.

Livestream Screening: Wednesday, May 20, 12 pm- Friday, May 22, 1 pm
Artist Conversation: Friday, May 22, 1 pm

With artist Patty Chang and curator Anuradha Vikram, moderated by curator Asha Bukojemsky of Marathon Screenings (In English with Spanish interpretation)

In collaboration with Marathon Screenings, we co-present a screening and artist conversation around Patty Chang’s Milk Debt, which will open at 18th Street Arts Center this Fall. Curator Anuradha Vikram, who initiated Chang’s presentation at 18th Street, will be in conversation with the artist, alongside curator Asha Bukojemsky of Marathon Screenings moderating.

Milk Debt is a multi-part video project of women pumping breast milk while reciting lists of fears drawn from different communities in various geographical regions around the world. The title refers to the idea in Chinese Buddhism where a child is forever indebted to its mother for the milk she gave. Milk Debt is an arrangement that binds us to our history and to the earth, and is considered an unpayable debt. Biologically, breast milk is created when the body starts to produce the hormones prolactin and oxytocin – a hormone also produced when someone is in love. The performance acts as a type of ritual, with the performer channeling the fears of others into public speech. By speaking the fears, the pumper transforms them from the individual into the communal. In a time when people are being impacted by climate change, governmental policies, lack of resources, and pandemics, it is vital to find ways to connect to others, be inclusive and compassionate and find ways of making meaning in our world.

Chang’s exhibition was originally scheduled to open to the public on May 16, but due to COVID-19, has been rescheduled for the fall. Chang reopened participation in her List of Fears in March 2020 after Safer at Home measures were instituted, and the videos showing as part of this livestream event were created from responses submitted during the pandemic.

Learn more here.

[Caption: Still of Patty Chang, Milk Debt, 2020. TRT: 10:24 min. Courtesy of the artist.
Still of Patty Chang, Fear List, 2020. TRT: 9 min. Courtesy of the artist.]

We like to talk through things.

We’re serious about talking through things.

To dialogue means to “take part in a conversation or discussion to resolve a problem.” When we participate in dialogue, we create new knowledge together. As an organization, we feel it is necessary to work towards greater equity through dialogues that prioritize artists and our local community, centering the voices of those that are traditionally decentered. 

With dialogical relationships in mind, this week we present to you Gamesa conversation between curators Paul Pescador and Maura Brewer; as well as our weekly series, ARTIST x ARTIST featuring Yrneh Gabon on Lita Albuquerque and Gwen Samuels on Alexandra Dillon. Last, we also introduce you to our core values.

WATCH NOW: Games, a conversation with curators Paul Pescador and Maura Brewer

From April 29 to May 1,18th Street Arts Center live streamed Games, an online film festival centered around the idea of play, curated by Paul Pescador and Maura Brewer. Following the online screening was a live streamed conversation with the curators, followed by an audience Q&A. 

In the conversation, Maura Brewer and Paul Pescador guide us through an insightful overview of video art history and contemporary video art practices.  In discussion the artists provide their takes on the films on view in the Games screening. Through their transactions, the curators highlight how play can be a radical act within capitalism and reflect on its crucial role within the current pandemic.

CHECK OUT: ARTIST x ARTIST

ARTIST X ARTIST puts our artists at 18th Street Arts Center in conversation with one another. 18th Street artists are a network of global knowledge systems, and each artist represents their own node of knowledge, cultural practices, and artistic modalities. The discussions reveal ways we can connect as a global community to question our current conditions and imagine future potentials. 

For this installment of ARTIST X ARTIST, Gwen Samuels and Yrneh Gabon reflect on the work of Alexandra Dillon and Lita Albuquerque. Check out past installments here.

“Alexandra Dillon’s Adeline and Mariah makes me think about gloves in general. Glove etiquette evolves to fit the sensibilities of the times. White gloves are a rare fashion accessory not part of our everyday wardrobes yet now we see people wearing protective gloves as a deterrent for spreading or catching the virus. What if they evolved into a more personal fashion? This artwork stands out for me because we are in different times and Alexandra’s White Gloves with Faces of Two Women tells a story that creates a comparison for me of then and now. Her work inspires me because she is doing something I haven’t seen before and I am attracted to artists that work with materials in unexpected ways. I like how she combines her classical painting techniques on unusual painting surfaces and objects to tell a story.”

“As a performance artist working publicly outdoors, I respond to  Lita Albuquerque’s large-scale performative sculpture “Spine of the Earth”  with inspiration and interest  and find the work to be socially engaging. All aspects of this project stands out to me, especially because I’m currently working collaboratively on a project that has large numbers of people within a spacious landscape. I feel that our works and practice are somewhat in conversation with each other.”

READ: Our Core Values

Recently, 18th Street Arts Center went through a dialogical, iterative process with board, staff, partners, and our greater community to codify values we feel are core to our organization. We made a commitment to these values collectively, in our programming, staffing, and infrastructure.

Read them online here.

Celebrating empathy and play

Lately we’ve been thinking about the role of artists in society. Artists help us question conditions, reconsider values and provide platforms of discussion. Whether engaging in conversation or celebrating moments of empathy and play, artists lead us to create connections and new knowledge together. 

In that spirit, this week we bring to you Games, an online film festival centered around the idea of play, curated by Paul Pescador and Maura Brewer, Yrneh Gabon’s reading of Sophie’s Masterpiece: A Spider’s Tale for Arts Learning Lab @ Home, written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Jane Dyer, and ARTIST x ARTIST, a campaign that puts our artists at 18th Street Arts Center in conversation with one another.

TUNE IN: Games, an online art film festival for families

Artists Paul Pescador and Maura Brewer bring together a selection of artworks from Los Angeles and Latin America that consider the theme of play through Games, an online screening of videos that loop on the hour.  Today, we are stuck at home, bored and passing time, waiting for life to start up again. The videos in this screening explore the possibility of play in daily life, imagining the world as a space of limitless potential. Expect bouncing balls, fussy puppies and a tropical paradise.   

Artists include Yvonne Buchanan, Micol Hebron, Julie Orser, Ivo Loyola, Junghun Lee, Morgan Waltz, Case Esparros, and Rodri & Lenny.

Accompanying the screening will be a live stream conversation with the curators TODAY on Friday, May 1, 1pm.

[image caption: Micol Hebron, Dare You, 2007, 9:26 min. Video still.]

 

 

 

 

WATCH NOW: Yrneh Gabon | Tomorrow’s People

Last week, artist in residence Yrneh Gabon read to us Sophie’s Masterpiece: A Spider’s Tale, written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Jane Dyer, for Arts Learning Lab @ Home. In this children’s story, Sophie, who is a spider and an artist, finally finds the inspiration and determination to create her masterpiece! Through storytelling, Gabon, who is also a social practice artist, poetically reminds us what role we have in the world as tomorrow’s people.

If you couldn’t make it to the live reading over Zoom, don’t worry, we recorded it for you. 

Watch it in Spanish here: https://18thstreet.org/artslearninglab_esp/

To check out the schedule of upcoming Arts Learning Lab @ Home  workshops: https://18thstreet.org/artslearninglab_home/

CHECK OUT: ARTIST X ARTIST

ARTIST X ARTIST puts our artists at 18th Street Arts Center in conversation with one another. 18th Street artists are a network of global knowledge systems, and each artist represents their own node of knowledge, cultural practices, and artistic modalities. The discussions reveal ways we can connect as a global community to question our current conditions and imagine future potentials. 

For this first installment of ARTIST X ARTIST, Sara Daleiden, Alexandra Dillon,  Deborah Lynn Irmas, and Debra Disman share reflections on the works of artists Dan S. Wang, Gwen Samuels, Pamela Simon-Jensen, and Joan Wulf.

“I’m attracted to the pattern, texture, repetition, modular and grid quality in Joan Wulf’s Stacked Series. The repetition of the burned through marks stands out to me. I respond to the texture, minimal colors and shapes, and repetition so this artwork inspires me in that way. It is fascinating to see the use of fire as a tool, and burning as a process in the work.” 

Untitled is intricate but beautiful, dark and light at the same time. All the movement in black is so interesting, you can’t stop looking at it. Pamela’s work is so inspiring. Because it’s beautiful and elegant but also free and dark at the same time. My work is so different but I am inspired to use the same elements that Pamela uses. She is just a very kind soul and her work is sensitive but has a lot of depth to it.”

Gwen Samuel’s work employs dresses and other female vestiges much the way my work does, but with very different aesthetics. Her explorations of femininity and female power resonate with me. I like the way she incorporates memory into the dresses by sewing together fragments of photographs. Her work is beautiful and finely crafted.  There is an order to it that I find calming. Gwen is a serious artist.  She is extremely dedicated to her practice.  She also has a great attitude and is always willing to help another artist with opportunities and advice.”

Madison, Wisconsin: A City in Nine Objects, a zine by Madison Mutual Drift collective of which Dan is a co-founder and member, is a fantastic portrayal of a city I love back home in Wisconsin which is our political capitol: Madison. The stories about the city from a range of local artists is a window into the complexity of the place around identity, politics, justice and other cultural layers. It is a beautiful print of bold black and red ink on warm, light colored paper which harkens to the university’s colors in this university town aka the state capitol. Very clever! And the stories are tender while also incisive.”

How are you nourishing your soul today?

This week we’re thinking about the role creative action can take in individual wellbeing. We’re starting to hear all over about artists making things, creating new paradigms, and reimagining what the future looks like in this strange, unprecedented time.

So this week we’re bringing to you an artist talk, workshops you can do at home, and an upcoming film festival to nourish your soul.

Don’t forget to check in on Arts Learning Lab @ Home, online live arts workshops with professional artists for kids schooling at home, which will pick up Wed May 6 with jazz percussionist Shirazette Tinnin. 

TUNE IN: Games, an online art film festival for families

Next week, we’re bringing to your home Games, an online screening of artist videos that loop on the hour. Make sure to tune in here. Artists Paul Pescador and Maura Brewer bring together a selection of artworks from Los Angeles and Latin America that consider the theme of play. Today, we are stuck at home, bored and passing time, waiting for life to start up again. The videos in this screening explore the possibility of play in daily life, imagining the world as a space of limitless potential. Expect bouncing balls, fussy puppies and a tropical paradise.   

Artists include Yvonne Buchanan, Micol Hebron, Julie Orser, Ivo Loyola, Junghun Lee, Morgan Waltz, Case Esparros, and Rodri & Lenny.

Live conversation with the curators is on Friday, May 1, 1pmKids and families encouraged to attend to learn more about what a curator is, and how art films are different from commercial films.

Register here.

WATCH NOW: Damir Avdagic’s Zoom Q&A with Curator Frida Cano

Watch artist Damir Avdagic and 18th Street Arts Center’s assistant curator Frida Cano talk about Avdagic’s latest video piece Repriza/Uzvracanje (Reprise/Response) (2018), which was live streamed for 48 hours from April 8 to April 10. This conversation was recorded live on Zoom on Friday April 10, 2020. In this talk, Avdagic talks about his artistic process and influences in dialogue with questions asked by audience members.

WATCH NOW (for families): Mind at Play with Artist Claudia Concha

Mind at Play: The Cocoon (Workshop #1)

Mind at Play: The Butterfly (Workshop #2)

Last week we launched our Arts Learning Lab @ Home with Claudia Concha, our local artist in residence who is an abstract painter. In these workshops, Claudia led us through the process of automatic painting via meditation! Through this process, we envisioned ourselves in our cocoons, safe at home, and imagined our transformation into butterflies while creating an abstract work of art.

If you couldn’t make it to the live workshop over Zoom, don’t worry, we recorded it for you so you can follow along at home, any time you want!

Watch in English here.

Watch in Spanish here.

Click here for the full schedule of Arts Learning Lab @ Home workshops.

Through the end of the school year
Wednesdays and Fridays at 11am via ZOOM

So what happens to housing now?

We’re wondering what happens to housing, public spaces, and development in a post-pandemic LA. So, we decided to revisit some great content about our housing crisis. This week we bring to you “Learning From Los Angeles:  Innovative Housing Design”, an exclusive panel discussion from our archives with panelists Christopher Hawthorne, Angela Brooks from Brooks + Scarpa, and Patrick Tighe from Patrick Tighe Architecture, who collectively tackle the housing and homelessness crisis in LA via design. For a broader historical context, join us in revisiting episodes of one of our favorite podcasts on housing, Paved Paradise

If you’ve got kiddos schooling from home (or just need a moment of creativity), don’t forget to check out Arts Learning Lab @ Home, online live arts workshops with professional artists. 

WATCH: Learning from Los Angeles: Innovative Housing Design

with Christopher Hawthorne, Angela Brooks from Brooks + Scarpa, and Patrick Tighe from Patrick Tighe Architecture.

This sold-out discussion took place in our Airport Gallery on November 12, 2019 as part of Brooks + Scarpa exhibition DENSE-CITY: Housing for Quality of Life and Social Capital, which was also on view. This panel explores, shows examples, and discusses how new sustainable models and current trends in affordable, low-income and market-rate income housing design have produced innovative and cutting edge designs that have improved our cities and urban environments. The seminar also demonstrates how hi-design affordable housing architecture can help create more equitable societies and better cities.  

LISTEN: Paved Paradise Podcast

Paved Paradise, hosted by our very own Sue Bell Yank, explores housing in Los Angeles through a variety of voices. By listening, you’ll learn more about racist housing policies like redlining and racial covenants, anarchist and socialist movements from the early 20th century, what creative placemaking is, what housing as a human right means, and homeslessness issues in Los Angeles.

Listen here.

FOR FAMILIES: Arts Learning Lab @ Home

Arts Learning Lab @ Home
Starting April 15 and running through the end of the school year
Wednesdays and Fridays at 11am via ZOOM
Free with RSVP

Starting April 15 and running through the end of June, Arts Learning Lab @ Home is a series of live online arts classes for kids and families schooling from home. These hands-on artmaking workshops (which will be posted as on-demand videos after each workshop) are led by professional artists in residence at 18th Street as well as members of our national and international artist community. The workshops will be taught in both English and Spanish for those teachers that are bilingual, and will be live translated in both English and Spanish. The workshops cover a range of fun, hands-on, and participatory ideas like meditation through drawing with artist Claudia Concha, storytelling with artist Yrneh Gabon, a rhythm workshop in your kitchen with professional drummer and 2020 Make Jazz Fellow Shirazette Tinnin, and a monster movement workshop with performance artists Beck + Col

Full schedule and recommended ages here.

Transitioning to Virtual Ways of Being

Adhering to social distancing rules necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 has reshaped our everyday. From sustaining relationships via video phone calls rather than meeting up with friends to attending a livestream rather than an art opening, it seems we’ve all transitioned to a new virtual way of being.

This week we present to you a short documentary film, an invitation to a livestream screening (happening now!) and Q&A with the artist, and Arts Learning Lab @ Home. 

MAMA VIRTUAL | Directed by Jeny Amaya

MAMA VIRTUAL, directed by our communications associate Jeny Amaya, materializes the virtual sphere that transnational mothers construct in order to maintain contact with their children and families back in their home countries. Separated from their children, these Central American mothers externalize this virtual realm through their performance of the “mother’s touch” through the touchscreen of a phone, digital images, phone cards, and other mediated technologies. Watch the other film part of this series here.

 

Due to COVID-19, we had to postpone Danish/Norwegian artist Damir Avdagic’s exhibition at our Atrium Gallery  but we are bringing his film to your home via a 48 hour online livestream screening and Q& A with the artist. The livestream screening of Avdagic’s latest video piece from late 2018 Repriza/Uzvracanje (Reprise/Response) is happening April 8 noon to April 10 noon. The live Zoom Q&A with the artist is happening on April 10, starting at noon. You can find more information on this event here.

Arts Learning Lab @Home is a series of hands-on artist-led workshops held online. Reservation is required. All workshops will be held Wednesdays and Friday at 11am, and will be held in both English (close-captioned in Spanish) and Spanish (close-captioned in English).

Find out how you can participate in the workshops here.

Remembering Kate Johnson (1969-2020)

We want to dedicate a moment to remembering Kate Johnson, our artist in residence of 20 years, who sadly passed away late March 2020.

Read more about the artist, filmmaker, educator, and mentor through the words of her longtime partner Michael J. Masucci on our blog post here.

In addition, EZTV’s webmaster Anais Montoya has created a memorial site for Kate, which you can explore here.   

If you would like to share any recollections you might have of Kate, such as photos, drawings, poems, or videos, please share with Anais so it can be added to Kate’s memorial site at mademoiselleanais4@gmail.com.

Below, check out her interview with Michael as part of our We The Artists campaign in 2016 as well as some of her most recognized works, such as her Emmy award winning documentary Mia, A Dancer’s Journey (2015) (watch the entire film here) , her video and light sculpture Spirits of Morty, and Everywhere in Between (2015), a living interactive art experience that was projected at Bergamot Station and known to be one of Johnson’s most ambitious works (watch the projection at Bergamot Station here).

#WeTheArtists: Kate Johnson & Michael J. Masucci (EZTV)

Mia, A Dancer’s Journey (2015) | Trailer

Spirits of Morty

Everywhere in Between (2015)

Patty Chang | Milk Debt | List of Fears

LA based artist Patty Chang has been creating new video work for 18th Street Arts Center, with scripts she is writing based on fears submitted by people who live or work in the Santa Monica or broader Los Angeles region. The fears will be recited on-camera or live by one or more performers for the artist’s solo exhibition at 18th Street in 2020. This work will be going to other places in the near future, so if you are outside of LA, you are welcome to fill out the form as well – just indicate your current city.

The exhibition was originally planned to open May of 2020, but due to the COVID-19 situation and lockdown as of March, it will open sometime later in 2020 (hopefully summer). In the meantime, Chang has re-opened her call for fears, especially those responsive to our post-pandemic world. She will be making new work in collaboration with performers working remotely and creating new scripts out of these fresh fears. We will take submissions until April 20th.

If you participated in the past, feel free to resubmit your fears, or participate for the very first time. It will really only take 5 minutes and will be totally anonymous in the final script.Thank you for sharing this with us, and we hope it helps you find some solace that great art often arises from times of crisis.

To participate, fill out a survey here: http://bit.ly/milkdebt_survey

DAMIR AVDAGIC |  Repriza/Uzvracanje (Reprise/Response) | Online Livestream Screening

DAMIR AVDAGIC |  Repriza/Uzvracanje (Reprise/Response)
Online Livestream Screening
April 8 at noon through April 10 at noon
Live Zoom chat with the artist at noon on April 10 (RSVP please!)

Tune in at noon on April 8 for an exclusive 48-hour screening of Danish/Norwegian artist Damir Avdagic’s latest video piece from late 2018. In Repriza/Uzvracanje (Reprise/Response) (2018), four people in their mid-60s from ex-Yugoslavia perform a transcribed conversation from the piece Reenactment/Process (2016), in which four people in their mid-20s discuss the inter-generational frictions they experience between themselves and their parents relating to the conflict in ex-Yugoslavia.

Avdagic’s project explores the ways past events transmit between generations and how they affect the present. In the Live Zoom chat at noon on Friday, April 10, Avdagic will show clips of Reenactment/Process, and describe his own process as an artist as part of a moderated conversation and audience Q&A. Please RSVP and join us for this virtual lunch and discussion with participants from around the world – we will send the Zoom link to those that RSVP.

18th Street Arts Center’s Mini Artist Documentaries

Neha Choksi | ELEMENTARY

Clarissa Tossin | 21st Century Wisdom: Healing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Textile Block Houses

Tabari Lake | Make Jazz Fellowship Residency

 

Check out some of our mini artist documentaries on our YouTube and Vimeo channel. Highlighted here is Neha Choksi’s ELEMENTARY, Clarissa Tossin’s 21st Century Wisdom: Healing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Textile Block Houses, and Tabari Lake on his 2019 Make Jazz Fellowship here at 18th Street Arts Center.

Make Jazz Fellow Shirazette Tinnin | LP Music podcast

 

North Carolina native and NYC resident Shirazette Tinnin sits down with Joey DeLeon to chat about her journey as an active clinician, educator, mentor, composer, a certified personal trainer and published author. They explore the origins of her name, her early influences, developing a deep love for African music, and how she ended up in Santa Monica, CA on a three-month “Make Jazz Residency.”

Listen here.

About 18@Home

As a cautionary measure in response to COVID-19 and to protect our artist community who live and work on site at 18th Street Arts Center, we have closed our galleries to the public until further notice. To get your dose of arts and culture at home, we introduce 18@Home, where you can virtually participate and experience our artists’ projects!

This series will be available on our website and across our social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and more!

At 18th Street Arts Center, we believe art making is an essential component of a vibrant, just and healthy society and that creative action is a vital part of individual wellbeing. We hope 18@Home can offer just that in these times of social distancing.

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