Jennifer Nelson: Habeas Corpus – Participatory Research Action – Phase 1

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Jennifer Nelson
Habeas Corpus
Participatory Research Action – Phase 1

Interaction: Saturday, March 2 from 7-10pm

Investigation #1: Legal imagination…fictions and experiences

Standing between a State’s power to imprison you and your right to liberty is the Writ of Habeas Corpus-meaning have the body, in court. This basic legal premise can recalibrate the dance between an individual and the massive physical and social power we have given to the government. The procedures of the law can be impersonal and arcane, inflexible for the uninitiated, but perhaps elastic for the highest paid counsel. How judges interpret law must be constructed, and constructed anew, through stories of precedent, yet able to be altered by presiding public opinion. The law that guards or strips your liberty is made from nothing more than memories and stories…and yet it is capable of graphically marking, or saving, the lives of those it touches directly.

Artist Jennifer Nelson is looking for your experience, projections, fears, and fictions about how the law works for a person detained. Our many stories together will make a collective, legal imagination. What story do you tell?

Generous support for the Grand Central Art Center artist-in-residence program has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Informed by lived world events, with a dancer’s perspective, Jennifer Nelson’s cross-disciplinary work probes the potential of social and ecological choreography. Her works consider inter-system relationships as a holistic, collective, sculptural practice. She is committed to the playful realignment of social spaces through a collective initiative, and to the transformative possibilities of the individual act. Her deep-rooted interest in co-creation, and its political, aesthetic and social possibilities, extends throughout her practice as artist and teacher.

Among many influences, her work has been significantly shaped by her direct personal experience with disruptive or transitional world choreographies like the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the media aftermath of September 11th, and currently, the on-going economic hardship in Athens, Greece. Having lived and worked in multiple countries, she has a lived understanding of fragile resources, natural and human, and the global sculptural flow of power and matter. These global flows must be linked and translated to a bodily scale for ethical action to begin.

Nelson danced with the Feld Ballet in New York and the Ballet du Grand Théatre in Geneva, Switzerland, and studied New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute and at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received her MFA.  She has exhibited in museums and festivals in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Recent projects have been on the streets of Athens and in Nestor, 1st Psychogeriatric Boarding House with the Guerrilla Optimists. She has also worked in collaboration with men from the Second Chance School in Korydallos prison with the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens. She has collaborated with trauma and music therapists, victims of violence, immigrant groups, chemists, grandmothers, and musicians. Her 2019 video embroidery, Democracy is a Party, opening this month in Athens, turns the 2015 “No” referendum speech by Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras into an exorcism/exposure therapy, musical meditation on life in Greece under austerity.

Nelson teaches time-based art and political theatre at the American College of Greece, where she helped found the Visual Arts program in 2007.

20th Anniversary Celebration – March 2nd

Grand Central Art Center 20th anniversary logo

 

GIVEAWAYS, INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE, OPENING RECEPTION, CAKE + MORE

 

GRAND CENTRAL ART CENTER CELEBRATES

20TH ANNIVERSARY

SATURDAY, MARCH 2ND from 7-10PM

 

OPENING RECEPTIONS

Lost Islands of Philadelphia

Jennifer Levonian

To the artist Jennifer Levonian’s surprise, she recently learned there were once two lively islands in the Delaware River right beside Philadelphia. Smith and Windmill Islands were best known for their amusement park and baths, accessible via a quick ferry ride. To make way for shipping traffic, the federal government removed the islands in 1894. Only one year later, a columnist for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin was already wondering how long before the islands would become a vague memory. “It is curious,” the columnist wrote, “how soon our memories lose their hold on places.” The artist thought it was poignant that two islands could be removed and completely forgotten.

Levonian’s cutout animation Lost Islands of Philadelphia tells the story of the islands, touching on themes of obsolescence and transience. It follows a girl who, after reading about the islands in a library book, but is unaware of their destruction, sets off on her own to find them. Her mother pursues her frantically on rollerblades, her lack of skating skills causing mayhem all the way.

Jennifer Levonian makes animations near Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited across the United States, including at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. In 2009, she was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She has attended residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her animation Xylophone won the Ken Burns Best of the Fest award at the 2017 Ann Arbor Film Festival.

 

PROJECT MURAL WALL

Jon Haddock

Through an artist-in-residence, artist Jon Haddock will be creating a new mural on the GCAC Project Wall.

Jon Haddock lives, works and teaches in Phoenix, Arizona. His work has been exhibited internationally, in venues that include the Yerba Buena Art Center in San Francisco, ZKM Karlsrue, PaceWildenstein in New York, Witte Zaal in Ghent, Arizona State University Art Museum in Tempe, and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Mr. Haddock’s work is in the collections of several institutions, including the Whitney Museum in New York, and the Henry Gallery in Seattle.

 

INTERACTIVE PERFORMANCE

Lucas Murgida: None of This is Real – Phase 4

7-10pm

Through an interactive performance that will premiere the evening of March 2nd, GCAC artist-in-residence Lucas Murgida will segment GCAC’s storefront gallery by creating an impasse that spans from the street facing the window and extends to a rear wall. Participants, with engaged instructional guidance from the artist, will work in teams of two to circumvent the impasse, utilizing high-speed grinders and saws to create a portal into the gallery interior. The participants will then be instructed in methods to repair the damage they have caused, allowing the next group of participants to experience the similar installation and engagement. The experience will be free and open to people of all ages and abilities.

 

GIVEAWAYS

David Greenberger CDs

Every Hour

The first 20 guests entering Grand Central Art Center at the top of each hour will receive a free CD of GCAC artist-in-residence David Greenberger’s latest project It Happened to Me. The CD includes 60-original song recorded with Greenberger’s trio Prime Len, based on actual conversations with senior citizens of the Santa Ana community. Cover design artwork for the CD was created by artist Ed Ruscha.

 

CAKE WILL BE SERVED

Throughout the Evening

GCAC will be producing 20 special cakes that will commemorate projects realized by artists with the center. Cake will be served throughout the evening to guests.

 

CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS

7-10PM

A Slow Conflict

Yevgeniya Mikhailik

 

Layers of the City

Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere

Manny Escamilla | From the edge to the center: A short history of Grand Central

From the edge to the center: A short history of Grand Central

with Manny Escamilla

Friday, February 22, 5:00 PM

Local historian Manny Escamilla will cover how the history of the Grand Central building reflects the history of changes within downtown Santa Ana.

Event is FREE and open to the public. Free refreshments and parking validation for all attendees.

For more information email: grandcentral@fullerton.edu

 

 

Jennifer Levonian: Lost Islands of Philadelphia

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Jennifer Levonian
Lost Islands of Philadelphia
March 2 – May 19, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 2 from 7-10pm

To the artist Jennifer Levonian’s surprise, she recently learned there were once two lively islands in the Delaware River right beside Philadelphia. Smith and Windmill Islands were best known for their amusement park and baths, accessible via a quick ferry ride. To make way for shipping traffic, the federal government removed the islands in 1894. Only one year later, a columnist for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin was already wondering how long before the islands would become a vague memory. “It is curious,” the columnist wrote, “how soon our memories lose their hold on places.” The artist thought it was poignant that two islands could be removed and completely forgotten.

Levonian’s cutout animation single-channel video Lost Islands of Philadelphia tells the story of the islands, touching on themes of obsolescence and transience. It follows a girl who, after reading about the islands in a library book, but is unaware of their destruction, sets off on her own to find them. Her mother pursues her frantically on rollerblades, her lack of skating skills causing mayhem all the way.

Jennifer Levonian makes animations near Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited across the United States, including at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA, the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. In 2009, she was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She has attended residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her animation Xylophone won the Ken Burns Best of the Fest award at the 2017 Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Yevgeniya Mikhailik: A Slow Conflict

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(Yevgeniya Mikhailik, A Slow Conflict, paintings, drawings, mural installation)

 

Yevgeniya Mikhailik
A Slow Conflict
February 2 – April 14, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2 from 7-10pm

A Slow Conflict by Orange County-based artist Yevgeniya Mikhailik is a study of the forces that shape the Earth’s landscape, both naturally occurring and resulting from human activity. The immensity of the Earth and the slow pace of its development are impossible for an individual to fully grasp in a single lifetime, a comparative blink-of-an-eye to the age of the planet; but our ability to relate to events and changes that we personally struggle with – growth, aging, scarcity, instability, social conflict, etc. – can be a link to understanding and relating to phenomena in the natural world. By drawing parallels between geological events and personal-scale changes as experienced by an individual or a group, A Slow Conflict aims to evoke empathy towards the evolving natural environment in the same way we empathize with each other. It asks the viewer to imagine engaging with the real landscape as intimately and intensely as we do with ourselves and other human beings, to experience the natural world slowly by being present and attentive, to attempt to understand its processes, and to observe the ways in which our involvement in and disruption of the environment has a lasting effect.

The title piece of the exhibition explores the evolution of landscape, providing clues to the narrative of its origin, growth, development, consumption, and ultimate dissolution. Viewing it in its entirety takes time, a nod to the pace of formation of the natural world. The smaller works, being closer to the size of a human body and occupying a similar space to our own, offer a more immediate, conversational experience. They are quiet, introspective, and at times pathetic beings, unlike the dark, haunting, epic timeline of the larger piece that anchors them. Whether through intimately detailed moments or large geological passages, each piece serves to personify the conflict, imbalance, and converging forces that drive our world, and the connections that exist between events of all scales.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Yevgeniya Mikhailik is an artist, educator, and curator based in Orange County, CA. In her studio practice she explores our enduring physical and emotional connection with the natural world, our methods of interpreting it and identifying with it, and how both the natural and the built environment shape us. She has exhibited throughout Southern California, as well as New York, San Francisco, and Rome. Her work has been highlighted by KCET Artbound, OC Weekly, Hi-Fructose, Orange Coast Magazine, Orange County Register, CMYK Magazine and several other exhibition catalogues and publications. In 2016 she received the Emerging Artist Award from Arts Orange County, and in 2017 the Best Curator award from OC Weekly. She holds an MFA from CSU Long Beach where she currently teaches Illustration.

Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere: Layers of the City

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(Angel Nevarez & Valerie TevereLayers of the City, 4K video, sound, installation, window graphics)

 

Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere
Layers of the City
February 2 – April 14, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2 from 7-10pm

During the summer of 2017, while artists-in-residence at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA, Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere began research toward a new project that built upon their interests combining time-based media with songwriting, the voice, and civic participation.

In July of 2018, the artists held an open call for local singers and musicians to participate in the production, which culminates in the video and sound installation at GCAC.

They began their process with the question: How might we sing our way through the transformation of place?

Nevarez and Tevere’s new work Layers of the City reflects on spaces in Santa Ana, both inhabited and boarded up, of immigrant owned entities that passed through generations only to be pushed out by rising rents and revitalization plans. The stories of Santa Ana are the stories of Sunset Park in Brooklyn, of Pilsen in Chicago, and of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles – neighborhoods where real estate speculation supersedes communities.

With these processes in mind, Nevarez and Tevere wrote a song that follows the composition and form of a cumulative song. As the song progresses, so do the amount of voices singing the chorus. In the end, a larger assembly of bodies and voices come together, perhaps forming a community, a resistant cumulative process.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere are multidisciplinary artists whose projects and research investigate contemporary music and sound, the electromagnetic spectrum, dissent, and public fora. Their interests lie in the spatial simultaneity of performance and enunciation, reflecting upon political agency through lyrics, audio, and transmission.

Nevarez and Tevere have exhibited and screened their work at international venues including MoMA, The Guggenheim Museum, Creative Time, and New Museum in New York; Manifesta 8/ Spain; Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano, Guadalajara, Mexico; Casino Luxembourg, LU; Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden/Oslo, Norway, and elsewhere. The first US survey of their work was exhibited at Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia in 2016. Nevarez and Tevere have received fellowships and grants from Creative Capital, Art Matters, the NEA, and Franklin Furnace. Both were Studio Fellows at The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program, artists-in-residence at the International Artists Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS), and recently at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, and Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana.

Tevere is Professor of Media Culture at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island. Nevarez is a musician, and Faculty at Parsons School of Design and the MFA Fine Arts Program at the School of Visual Arts, New York.

Orange Mountain Music to Release Vireo CD/DVD Package

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Lisa Bielawa’s
Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser
First Episodic Made-for-TV & Online Opera
Composed & Conceived by Lisa Bielawa
Directed by Charles Otte | Libretto by Erik Ehn
Developed as a Grand Central Art Center artist-in-residence project

Orange Mountain Music to Release as CD/DVD Package
on February 28, 2019
Music Now Available Digitally Exclusively from Apple Music
Pre-Order on CD/DVD from Amazon

“an opera unlike any you have seen before, in content and in form” – Los Angeles Times
Read the Los Angeles Times’s feature on Vireo

Read the San Francisco Chronicle’s feature on Vireo

All Twelve Episodes Also Available Now for Binge-Watching at KCET.org/Vireo

Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser, composed and conceived by Lisa Bielawa on a libretto by Erik Ehn and directed by Charles Otte, will be released as a double package on DVD and CD by Orange Mountain Music on February 28, 2019. The music is now available exclusively from Apple Music. Vireo is an opera in 12 episodes, created for television and online viewing. It was first broadcast on KCET’s Emmy® award-winning arts and culture series Artbound in June 2017. Both Bielawa and Otte were nominated for 2018 Los Angeles Area Emmys, and the opera won the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award. Vireo Live, a hybrid film-opera experience, is currently in development and will be workshopped in March 2020 at The New School’s Philip Glass Institute, of which Lisa Bielawa was recently named inaugural Composer-in-Residence and Chief Curator.

Vireo removes the set limitations of a staged opera, visiting locations across the country – Alcatraz Prison, a monastery on the Hudson River, an abandoned train station in Oakland, the California Redwoods. An orchestra in the pit is replaced with world-class musicians on camera, inside the action. The eponymous heroine Vireo, played by Rowen Sabala, is a fourteen-year-old girl genius entangled in the historic obsession with female visionaries, as witch-hunters, early psychiatrists, and modern artists have defined them.

Vireo was shot on location from New York’s Hudson River Valley to California’s Redwood forests. Production began in February 2015 in the Los Angeles area at Santa Ana’s Yost Theatre and proceeded through January of 2017 in iconic locations around the country, including the 16th Street Oakland Train Station and San Francisco’s Alcatraz Island.

Vireo features the work of over 350 musicians including opera star Deborah Voigt, violinists Jennifer Koh and Vijay Gupta, cellist Joshua Roman, mezzo-sopranos Laurie Rubin, Maria Lazarova and Kirsten Sollek, baritone Gregory Purnhagen, tenor Ryan Glover, drummer Matthias Bossi, soprano Emma MacKenzie and in the title role of Vireo, teenage soprano Rowen Sabala. Additionally, the opera features notable groups and organizations from across the country including Kronos Quartet, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Magik*Magik Orchestra, American Contemporary Music Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, PARTCH, the Orange County School of the Arts Middle School Choir, and many, many more.

Vireo was an Artist Residency Project of Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, a unit of Cal State Fullerton’s College of the Arts shepherded by Director and Chief Curator John Spiak, produced in partnership with KCET and Single Cel.

A comprehensive Vireo online content hub is available at kcet.org/vireo, providing viewers of Vireo an immersive second screen experience. Featuring interviews with cast and crew, behind-the-scenes content and exclusive insights into the themes of the production, the online hub, and social media video content is also available on the @KCET28 and @LinkTV Facebook page. To learn more, please visit kcet.org/vireo or linktv.org/vireo or on social media use #OperaVireo

For a complete list of VIREO performers, see https://www.operavireo.org/