Pablo Helguera: The Grand Central Singing Telegram Co.

The Grand Central Signing Telegram Co. announcement certificate.  Light tan in color, provides details for the project include artist Pablo Helguera's name, the dates April 13 through May 28, 2020 and the times of Monday through Thursday from 8pm eastern time / 5pm pacific time.  Includes the email address for ordering a singing telegram grandcentral@fullerton.edu

Artist Pablo Helguera and California State University, Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center are excited to present the current project through GCAC’s artist-in-residence program

PABLO HELGUERA: THE GRAND CENTRAL SINGING TELEGRAM CO.

Individuals can order singing telegrams to send to special someone, then Chief Telegraphist Pablo Helguera delivers the message and selected song to them in the comfort of their own home through Zoom video conferencing. Over 30 songs to select from, so order your FREE singing telegram today! 

THEY LOVE US!

Los Angeles Times review of our service by Jessica Gelt.

Orange County Register review of our service by Susan Gil Vardon

CODIGO review of our service by Nadia Benavides Mendez

Legal Disclaimer: Pablo Helguera, Grand Central Art Center, nor California State University Fullerton are affiliated with The Western Union Company.

GCAC’S CURRENT STATE

Dear Grand Central Art Center Community,

After attending a meeting this (Friday) afternoon on CSUF’s main campus, new protocols put in place require Grand Central Art Center to close to the public through at least April 1st.  We will keep you posted with updates as information becomes available.

In the meantime, GCAC’s team is working hard toward the development of new strategies to engage outward during this time.  Be on the lookout for an announcement soon from GCAC!

Stay safe, healthy and strong,

John D. Spiak

Director / Chief Curator

SILHOUETTE

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SILHOUETTE, short films screening Thursday 02/20 starting at 6PM


Grand Central Art Center’s first series of 2020’s Public Programming titled, documentation, will be hosting a showcase of contrasting films curated by collaborator Saif AlsaeghDocumentation presents film as a medium to capture and present linear and nonlinear narratives and formats. Basing off film’s potential to transform and transmit our (body) sensibility onto a machine, we ask “how has film been used as a singular (self) and mass (culture) tool of documentation”? The films presented are manifestations of digital cartographies using the body as the main source of conversation. Under this exploration, documentation, examines ways film materializes, frames, and embodies the body as a singular, whole, spiritual, and idealized composition.


CURATOR’S STATEMENT
Each of these four films struggle with the restrictions society places on the body. Each filmmaker explores the sense of self and how it is affected by cultural and relationship constraints. Through diverse stylistic approaches, the four artists look at what defines us and reflect on the image of the self existing in a culture of shifting politics and norms. 


ABOUT THE GUEST CURATOR
Saif Alsaegh is a United States-based filmmaker from Baghdad. Much of Saif’s work deals with the contrast between the landscape of his youth in Baghdad growing up as part of the Chaldean minority in the nineties and early 2000s, and the U.S. landscape where he currently lives.His films have screened in many festivals including Cinema du Reel, Kruzfilm Festival Hamburg, Kasseler Dokfest, Onion City Film Festival and in galleries and museums including the Wisconsin Triennial at MMoCA. He received his MFA in filmmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 


*Disclaimer: Some content may contain explicit images, viewers discretion is advised. 

Cognate Collective: Regionalia

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Cognate Collective: Regionalia Book Signing | February 1, 2020

Grand Central Art Center (Santa Ana) and
X Artists’ Books (Los Angeles) announce
Cognate Collective: Regionalia

February 1, 2020 from 6 – 7PM

Grand Central Art Center (GCAC), a unit of Cal State Fullerton College of the Arts, and X Artists’ Books, a small press focusing on artists’ books and collaborations, are pleased to announce the publication of Regionalia, the first significant monograph of the work of Cognate Collective (Amy Sanchez Arteaga and Misael Diaz).Regionalia, a bilingual catalogue, documents the research, projects, and culminating exhibition generated during Cognate Collective’s artist residency at GCAC.  The 128-page catalogue includes an additional 32-page insert drawn from public conversations that took place throughout the exhibition.  Designed byStephen Serrato of Ella, the publication contains texts by Cognate CollectiveChristian Zúñiga, and a dialogue between the artists and Karen Stocker

A celebration to mark the publication of Regionalia will be held at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA, co-hosted by X Artists’ Books, on the evening of February 1, 2020, from 6-7 pm.

Cognate Collective develops research projects, public interventions, and experimental pedagogical programs in collaboration with communities across the US/Mexico border region. Founded in 2010, their work has interrogated the evolution of the border as it is simultaneously erased by neoliberal economic policies and bolstered through increased militarization – tracing the fallout of this incongruence for migrant communities on either side of the border.  As a result, their inter-disciplinary projects often address issues of citizenship, migration, informal economies, and popular culture, arguing for understanding the border not as a bifurcating line, but as a region that expands and contracts with the movement of people and objects.  They currently work between Tijuana, MX, Santa Ana, CA, and Los Angeles, CA.

Karen Stocker is a Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Fullerton. As a cultural anthropologist specializing in Costa Rica, her research subjects have included Chorotega indigenous narrative tradition, women’s civic and cultural engagement, ethnic identity and schooling, tourism and cultural change, and youth-led social movements. 

Christian Zúñiga is the director of the undergraduate Fine Art program at the Art School of the UABC. He is also a member of the arts and culture collective Taltecan, author of the book Downtown Tijuana: Urban Landscape and Imaginary, and editor of the anthology Stories of the border and other customs: A Young Chronicle of Tijuana.  He develops community-based art projects that focus on the cultural impact of socioeconomic processes in urban territories, addressing topics that include lived spaces, violence, migrations, and the border.


ELLA is a Los Angeles-based design studio founded by River Jukes-Hudson, Stephen Serrato, and Dante Carlos. The ELLA team has worked with artists, cultural institutions, writers, architects, performers, educators, and other designers for over 15 years. ELLA specializes in printed matter (mainly books) and design for exhibitions. Priorities of the studio include: representing multiple perspectives, translation, play, learning, disruption and justice. Clients include: Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena), Bloomberg, Bom Dia Books, Carnegie Museum of Art, Craft Contemporary, Grand Central Art Center, Hammer Museum, Harvard GSD, ICA Philadelphia, kurimanzutto, L.A. Forum, Logan Center for the Arts, Little Big Man Books, The Luckman Gallery, M+, powerHouse Books, The Power Plant, UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, and Vincent Price Art Museum among others.

Grand Central Art Center (GCAC) is committed to the open exploration of contemporary art and visual cultural through socially engaged collaborations among artists and communities.  GCAC is a unit of California State University – College of the Arts in partnership with the City of Santa Ana.

X Artists’ Books, established in 2017, is a small publisher of thoughtful, high-quality, artist-centered books that fit within and between genres.  XAB’s books are works of art; portals to imagined worlds; treasured companions; the fabric of a community.

ISBN: 978-1-7331888-0-7
$30.00 USD

Contacts:
Grand Central Art Center
Email: grandcentral@fullerton.edu
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Instagram: @xartistsbooks


Chris Kallmyer: Faded Love

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Chris Kallmyer: Faded Love | February 1, 2020

Faded Love,
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Chris Kallmyer

February 1, 2020

Faded Love is a new installation performance featuring country western musicians playing sad songs all together. This immersive performance features the pedal steel guitar, known for its similarity to the human voice. Visitors to the performance are free to move around the installation while sound echoes through the spaces of Grand Central Art Center.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Chris Kallmyer is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work focuses on sound and space. His unconventional musical works use everyday objects and other senses, such as taste and touch, to engage the observer in questions about the physical environment and our presence within it. Kallmyer puts pressure on the traditional audience-performer relationship, and his work frequently takes place in nontraditional performance spaces such as closets, igloos, museums, or mountaintops. In recent years, Kallmyer has garnered commissions from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the City of Los Angeles among other spaces in America and Europe.

Chris Kallmyer: All Possible Music

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Chris Kallmyer: All Possible Music | December 7, 2019-Ongoing

All Possible Music

Chris Kallmyer

December 7, 2019—Ongoing

All Possible Music is a new film that envisions all music that could ever happen in casual handwritten descriptions: Blissful symphony for an audience of careful listeners, bangin’ dance hits in a cabin set deep in the woods, a solo contrabass alone on a mountaintop, or Avant-garde drum machines that heal the earth and its people.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Chris Kallmyer is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work focuses on sound and space. His unconventional musical works use everyday objects and other senses, such as taste and touch, to engage the observer in questions about the physical environment and our presence within it. Kallmyer puts pressure on the traditional audience-performer relationship, and his work frequently takes place in nontraditional performance spaces such as closets, igloos, museums, or mountaintops. In recent years, Kallmyer has garnered commissions from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the City of Los Angeles among other spaces in America and Europe.

Flavia D’Urso: Slippage of a Strand

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Flavia D’Urso: Slippage of a Strand | February 1, 2020 – May 10, 2020

Slippage of a Strand

Flavia D’Urso

February 1, 2020 – May 10, 2020

Guest Curator: Elizabeth Rooklidge 

Slippage of a Strand, a collection of new and recent works by Flavia D’Urso, is grounded in the intersection of physical, emotional, and cultural experiences of the queer female body. With sculpture, mixed media on paper, and video, the exhibition presents interpretations of the body that destabilize expectations of sameness and insist on their own existence.

D’Urso positions the human as a hybrid by abstracting its physical forms and using the animal body and objects as surrogates for the human. The artist’s work repurposes materials such as salt, iodine, horse hair, and blood meal to draw on their inherent bodily associations while pushing them beyond their conventional function. These materials are combined with terra cotta and paper, as well as packing foam and latex, to present ghostly, abject forms that simultaneously invoke seduction and repulsion.

Repetition and replication feature prominently in the artist’s practice. These gestures suggest systems intended to effect sameness and the production of the ideal. D’Urso’s works, however, rupture such expectations with their failure to replicate recognizable objects with perfection. Actions such as licking and sprouting of hair—here seemingly aimless—further confuse assumptions about the body’s function. As the bodies in Slippage of a Strand assert their presence and the value of sameness falls apart, D’Urso deftly dissects, digests, and re-presents expectations of female and queer identities.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Flavia D’Urso is a Sicilian American artist working in sculpture, video and mixed media to create bodily assemblages to animate potential ways of being and embrace the rich territory of failure, breakage, and degenerating processes of production as inherently queer and feminized strategies of survival. D’Urso received her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco and her BA from Skidmore College in New York. She was the recipient of the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Award in 2018. D’Urso’s work has been exhibited at the San Diego Art Institute, Bread & Salt Gallery, and The Front Gallery in San Diego, Minnesota Street Projects, Root Division and Embark Gallery in San Francisco, ConArtist Gallery in New York, as well as Nova Gallery in Weimar Germany. D’Urso lives and works in San Diego.