David Greenberger and Prime Lens: It Happened To Me

A vinyl record and a cd over a wooden surface

David Greenberger and Prime Lens
It Happened To Me

2-disc CD / Limited Edition 12 LP w/download
(PelPel Recordings #PL-8718) Release date: March 1, 2019
Original album cover artwork by Ed Ruscha

FREE Live Music Performance April 27, 2019, in Santa Ana, CA

Performance Details – Click Here

Artist David Greenberger is best known for creating the long-running periodical, The Duplex Planet, which started in 1979 and continued to 2010. Through his conversations with the residents of a Boston nursing home, the series developed into Duplex Planet Illustrated, a comic book adaptation of the material drawn by a variety of alternative artists and illustrators, including Peter Bagge, Drew Friedman, Dan Clowes, Jim Woodring, Chris Ware, and James Kochalka, published by Fantagraphics. The project developed further through differing approaches, including The Duplex Planet Radio Hour with New York Public Radio, a series of CDs, and books of the collective conversations.

Continuing to evolve, Greenberger now focuses on the development of new projects that become recordings and performances of monologues with music, what the artist refers to as “a band with a guy talking.” The work continues to develop from conversations, but now have him interacting with elderly in communities around the country, most often through residencies and commissions. The projects have led to a wide range of musical collaborations with individuals including David Hidalgo & Louie Perez from Los Lobos, Robyn Hitchcock, Ralph Carney, Glenn Jones, Wreckless Eric, Terry Adams of NRBQ, and Birdsongs of the Mesozoic. He has created new works for NPR’s All Things Considered, California Council for the Humanities, Kohler Museum (Sheboygan, WI), Erie Art Museum, Center on Age & Community at the University of WI in Milwaukee, The Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College (New York), Third Coast Festival (Chicago), Arts at St. Anns (Brooklyn), Portland Institute for the Arts, The Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco), and elsewhere.

It is the mission of Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center (GCAC) to focus on helping to reflect, through socially engaged artistic practices, the Santa Ana, CA communities in which the institution exists. David Greenberger was a natural fit as an artist-in-residence, invited by GCAC to create a new work drawn from Santa Ana’s richly diverse elderly population. Greenberger spent his time in residence visiting senior community centers, a museum, and senior living apartments. Through the support of GCAC, he developed text based on his dozens of recorded conversations that took place at the Santa Ana Senior Center, Tustin Senior Center, Heninger Village, Flower Terrace Apartments, and Bowers Museum. Individuals who participated in conversations include Andra Aguirre, Chinda Ayanaputra, Ron Bianco, Charles, Rose Hendley, Winnie Hsie, Susan Johnson, Chong Kim, Paul Kohn, Dorothy Korte, Tish Leon, Jose Magana, Mary Mitchell, Tomoko Mizusawa, Sam, John A. Spiak, Vera Toner, Chanida Trueblood, and Brenda White. Working with Prime Lens, the Chattanooga-based ensemble he assembled four years earlier, they went into the studio in the spring of 2018, collaborating to create It Happened to Me.

What emerged is twice the size of anything originally envisioned: 60 pieces, each one carefully composed and arranged to convey individual emotional potency, giving dignity to the small moments, as well as the larger overall narrative. Artistically it became the only way of expressing the breadth of the City of Santa Ana’s population and its varied and rich cultural identity. Throughout the nearly two-and-a-half hours of recorded stories with music, the recurring characters and themes begin to surface. The recordings of It Happened to Me assemble in full through a 2-disc CD release, with an additional smaller selection of the works available on a limited edition vinyl 12″ LP that is accompanied by a download of all 60 pieces. Both formats feature original cover art designed by renowned Los Angles based artist Ed Ruscha.


David Greenberger and Prime Lens will present a live performance with selections from It Happen To Me on the evening of Saturday, April 27, 2019. Complete details on the event will be released soon.


Prime Lens Keyboardist Tyson Rogers is the trio’s primary composer. He has led his jazz quartet, toured extensively with Tony Joe White and country legend Don Williams, records regularly in Nashville, and has his work featured on many soundtracks. Drummer Bob Stagner has worked with everyone from Derek Bailey to Bob Dorough, John Zorn to Rev. Howard Finster; as well he is a co-founder of The Shaking Ray Levis. Bassist Evan Lipson tours regularly with saxophonist Jack Wright and has worked with a diverse list including Pauline Oliveros, David Grubbs, Col. Bruce Hampton, Davey Williams, and Susan Alcorn.


With a focus on artists working in socially engaged practices, Grand Central Art Center residencies are centered on discovery, creative process, and relationships through an open collaborative and immersed approach. Residencies support the creation of projects through a philosophy of listening, assisting and connecting. GCAC allows the artist as much freedom as possible, leaving open the potential for multi-visits, multi-site interactions, and partnerships. The duration of residencies are not limited, instead determined on project-by-project bases, with ongoing conversations throughout a residency. GCAC residencies to date have lasted from three-weeks to over four years. Residencies are not required to occur on-site, but provide the openness and opportunity for projects to be realized at off-site locations throughout the direct community, region and beyond. Generous support for the Grand Central Art Center artist-in-residence program has been provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Additional info at www.davidgreenberger.com

Walking Tour with Cog•nate Collective

image of artists Amy Sanchez and Misael Diaz walking down a street

Walking Tour with Cog•nate Collective
Saturday, March 9 @ 1pm

Join GCAC Artists-in-Residence Cog•nate Collective on a walking audio-tour through downtown Santa Ana, navigating histories of displacement, resistance, and resilience through the voices of shop owners, activists, and local youth. The walk will begin at Grand Central Art Center and end at the community market El Mercadito Carrusel. Bring your walking shoes, a bottle of water, and cash to purchase delicious food and handmade crafts from local vendors.

This event is FREE and open to the public.
For more info contact: grandcentral@fullerton.edu

Mandana Moghaddam: Exodus

Mandana Moghaddam
December 1, 2018 through February 17, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 1 from 7-10pm

a number of suit cases floating in the ocean

Borrowing the term from ancient history, Exodus tackles the mass flight/move of the people all over the world trying to survive war, poverty and social injustice.

Mandana Moghaddam knows firsthand the refugee’s sense of loss and displacement, hope and renewal. At age 21, she fled Iran after her father was executed in the revolution and she was barred from higher education as a penalty for political activities. After five years in transition in Turkey, she was granted asylum in Sweden, where she lives today. Her video Exodus captures that experience through the motion of suitcases adrift on the ocean, lost in passage — the baggage of our worldly goods that both protect us and expose us, cloak us and mark us as individuals or as members of a certain culture. The uncertainty of their delicate dance on the waves, and the comfort of reaching solid ground, evoke empathy and a desolate sense of loss, amplified by the sheer simplicity and beauty of the images.


Born in Tehran in 1962, Mandana Moghaddam is an Iranian-Swedish contemporary visual artist whose installation and video work was most notably exhibited in the 51st Venice Biennale.  Affected by the Iranian Revolution, Moghaddam was granted asylum in Gothenburg, Sweden where she continues to work to this day.  Her work covers such themes as alienation, communication, and gender.  Working with these themes, Moghaddam creates works that attempt to bridge cultural boundaries, inspire intercultural dialogue, and memorialize oftentimes contentious aspects of Iranian life.

Phase 2 – Lucas Murgida: None of This is Real

keys and a lock on a table

Lucas Murgida
None of This is Real
an evolving project – phase 2

Interaction: Saturday, October 6 from 7-10pm
Bring an unwanted brass key.

For the second phase of Lucas Murgida‘s evolving project, None of this is Realparticipants are asked to bring an unwanted brass key to the opening on Saturday, October 6th. Murgida will then take the unwanted key, melt it in a furnace, pour into a mold of a new key, and then will give that new key back to the owner. The participant can then use that key to open a door to a special room and experience a private installation.

The experience is free and open to participants of all ages.

David Politzer: Text Neck

Text Neck
David Politzer
October 6, 2018 through January 13, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 6th from 7-10pm

people with linked arms on phones

Text Neck, a new project by David Politer created during an artist-in-residence at Grand Central Art Center, takes a darkly comedic look at how Smartphones are changing our bodies and minds. The project gets its name from a repetitive strain injury caused by dropping your head forward while looking down at a mobile device. The episodic video follows nine individuals as they navigate new ways of interacting, communicating and living in the age of the Smartphone.

Through humor, physical empathy and emotion, Text Neck offers opportunity, through multiple installation components, for the audience to engage directly in the behaviors developing in tandem with Smartphone technology.

Text Neck grew organically out of collaboration and improvisation. By interviewing forty people about their Smartphone habits, collecting ideas, and anecdotes, David Politzer and his community collaborators created scene outlines; some with a developed narrative, others open-ended questions, “What if we did this?” The result is both a cautionary tale and a love letter to the Smartphone.

Video Trailer



David Politzer makes artworks about the awkward relationships we form when we communicate using cameras, phones, computers, etc. Not just between people, also between people and the natural world.

Politzer was born in Washington DC, earned an MFA from Syracuse University and a BS from Skidmore College. His solo exhibitions include those at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Artsoace (NC), Artspace (CT), Real Art Ways (CT), Lawndale Art Center, Houston Center for Photography, Galveston Art Center and Western Georgia University. He is the recipient of the 2011 Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography. Group show and screening venues include the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of Art, the Masur Museum (LA), NUTUREArt (NY) Threewalls (IL) the Soap Factory (MN), Southern Exposure (CA), Vox Populi (PA), the Syracuse International Film Festival, SPACES (OH), video_dumbo (NY) and Gallery Korea (NY). Politzer was artist in residence at Yaddo, the Skowhegan School, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, Roswell Artist in Residence, the Museum of Northern Arizona, Lawndale Art Center, Artspace (NC) and Grand Central Art Center. He lives in Houston, TX with his wife and daughter. He is currently Associate Professor of Photography and Digital Media at the University of Houston.

Trafficked: Cecilia Lopez

Cecilia Lopez
October 6, 2018 through January 13, 2019

Panel Discussion: Saturday, October 6th from 6-7pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 6th from 7-10pm
tryptich each with a human shadow

There is often a stigma associated with speaking about human trafficking, with many individual leaders and communities failing to acknowledge the levels of trafficking occurring in the United States. The current photography series by Santa Ana-based Cecilia Lopez focuses on the issue as an effort to spark greater dialogue and raise awareness of the voiceless in our society.

For her Grand Central Art Center solo exhibition the artist has created monochromatic images, presented in large format prints and light boxes, with a fascination for shadows and how they are viewed without characterization. Inspired by the work of photographer Diane Arbus, an artist that gave voice to marginalized individuals within society, Lopez generates work that creates a metaphor for those living inside the shadow of human trafficking – the marginalized individuals of today.

In the artist’s own words: “Shadows are seen as the reflection of the subject when in fact they are their entity. They are looked down upon because they are unrecognizable and lack explicit human qualities. Similar to shadows, human trafficking is often misinterpreted, viewed for what it physically involves, which is sex. It is portrayed as an act performed by the actual victim, rather than viewed as the sexual exploitation and criminal act forced upon that individual.”



Saturday, October 6th

To open the exhibition, through the arrangement and moderation of artist Cecilia Lopez, Grand Central Art Center will host a panel discussion focus on the issues of human trafficking in our region.


Jim Carson: An advocate for individuals who have been victims of human trafficking, he has been working in the field for over 25 years. Carson served as Program Manager at the Orangewood Foundation.

Oree Freeman: A sex trafficking survivor who became a victim of human trafficking at the age of 11, sold across the street from Disneyland, “Happiest Place on the Earth.”

Deputy District Attorney Bradley Schoenleben: Schoenleben leads the Human Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) Unit, which conducts awareness training on human trafficking through collaboration with other district attorneys’ offices, nonprofits, and law enforcement agencies nationwide.



RELAX BLUE – By Cay Castagnetto, with Alan Poma and David Cavazos

Cay Castagnetto,
with Alan Poma and David Cavazos
September 1, 2018
Arrive by 7.30pm. Doors close promptly at 7.45pm

car facing upward
(Toyota Tercel. Los Angeles, 2018)

A performance in association with the exhibition Kim Zumpfe: outside the length of a room | OR | diving into the blue sun

Taking its title from the photographic series by the artist Josephine Pryde, this performance and installation explore the psychological impact of living life and its abstraction.   In an environment where persons appear to be the sums of the images they project, self becomes a sweater that reads; “I think you know who I am “.   The materials collected here are no longer evidence of inventions but rather an ever-changing combination on these uncertain grounds.

Cay Castagnetto presently lives and works in the Los Angeles area.

David Cavazos is an acid casualty at heart who fancies the third person, he believes the autobiography is biodegradable. David is one of the many, faceless, saucy upstarts who have flocked to California to soak up the radiation and cash in on the dying dream.

Alan Poma is a multidisciplinary sound artist, whose work has focused on creating site-specific projects and spectacles.

Thank you to MPA and Corazon del Sol