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LEFT/RIGHT/HERE: An Outdoor Art Experience

July 10, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

An Outdoor Art Experience
Part of Recovery Justice: Being Well

July 10, 2021 | 7:30 – 9:30 PM
3026 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, 90405

Outdoor projections begin at 8 PM, at sunset. Lionel Popkin’s Six Positions on Uncertainty live performances in the Main Propeller Gallery are at 7:45 PM and 8:45 PM.
We will be allowing visitors into the gallery (masks required), and to view open studios, please register for faster check-in at the door.

Where is here? Can we be together? Can we find stability amidst uncertainty? Join artists Lionel Popkin, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, Yrneh Gabon and Susie McKay Krieser, Lola del Fresno, Luciana Abait, Nicola Goode, Cognate Collective’s Market Exchange project, Debra Disman, M Susan Broussard, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Gregg Chadwick, Deborah Lynn Irmas, Rebecca Youssef, and Dan S. Wang in a one-night only interactive outdoor and indoor art experience as part of the exhibition Recovery Justice: Being Well. 

Begin and end your experience with a special screening projected onto the Hanger and live performance of Popkin’s Six Positions on Uncertainty in the Propeller Gallery, contemplating a ritual to aid in both grounding oneself as well as working through the idea of social isolation due to the pandemic. 

This is a live, in-person event. Masks will be required at all times indoors. Reservations are required. 

You may choose to drive through the event, but due to the June 15 California re-opening, we will also allow visitors to park and enter inside the galleries to view the exhibition Recovery Justice: Being Well, Lionel Popkin’s live performance, and artist open studios.


Lionel Popkin is an artist based in what is now called Los Angeles. He was born and raised in Indiana to an Indian mother and a Jewish father. His mixed-race and malleable identity markers place him in a questionable position in relation to the racial and social discourse created from the twin sins of genocide and slavery that formed the dominant power structures in America. As a choreographer, Popkin creates kinetic scenarios that intertwine the multiplicity of inter-cultural dialogue between the imagery and iconography of the Indian subcontinent that surrounded his youth and his post-modern Western training. His work questions how bodies, objects, and media are allowed to exist in time and space.

Popkin has been presented nationally and internationally at venues including REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, The Getty Center and The Getty Villa in Los Angeles, Danspace Project, Abrons Arts Center and Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, the Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series in Massachusetts, The Painted Bride and Philadelphia Dance Projects in Philadelphia, ODC in San Francisco, The Place Theater in London, and the Guongdong Modern Dance Festival in Guongzhou, China. Commissions include San Diego’s Lower Left Performance Collective, the Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company, Carolyn Hall, and Nejla Yatkin. Popkin has been a dancer in the companies of Trisha Brown, Terry Creach, and Stephanie Skura.

Popkin has received grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Performance Network’s Creation Fund, the National Dance Project Touring Subsidy, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Puffin Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Durfee Foundation. Popkin is currently a Professor of Choreography and Performance in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA.


Recovery Justice: Being Well, aims to highlight the recent circumstances that have evolved during the pandemic (racial justice demonstrations and destruction, as well as social discontent and general disconnection) into a series of self-organized artist projects that merges the exterior and interior public spaces of City of Santa Monica property. 18th Street Airport Campus at Santa Monica Municipal Airport will be the site where artists reimagine the city and beyond in the midst of complex social unrest globally. Recovery Justice will recuperate through various means the digital and physical footprints left in a city that struggles to reclaim the seemingly peaceful environment it once had. Artists will develop a palette for making and sharing artworks responding to the street experience in safe, healing and expressive modes. This porous series is a point of departure to reconcile and redefine the concept of justice. Learn more here.


Recovery Justice: Being Well is generously supported by Art of Recovery, an initiative of the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs, santamonica.gov/arts/artofrecovery. 

Additional support comes from Los Angeles County’s WE RISE LA program. Sara Daleiden’s residency and facilitation work on these projects is generously supported by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Bailiwik is also a supporting partner on this exhibition.


18th Street Arts Center (Airport Campus)
3026 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405 United States
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