WHITE SUNS • SILENT • TELECAVES
Jul
8
7:00 pm19:00

WHITE SUNS • SILENT • TELECAVES

  • San Diego Art Institute

SDAI is pleased to host NY noise duo WHITE SUNS (Load/The Flenser/UgExplode Records), along with "Mexicali's great goth hope" SILENT (ThreeOneG Records), and LA's opaquely ambient TELECAVES (I Had An Accident/Absence of Wax Records).

Poetry & Art
Jun
23
6:30 pm18:30

Poetry & Art

  • San Diego Art Institute

On Friday, June 23, Poetry & Art Series 2017 presents the 2017 San Diego Poetry Annual (SDPA).  Editors and authors published in the anthology read poems from this year's edition. There will guest appearances by San Diego authors Anthony BlacksherJudy ReevesAdam Greenfield and Jimmy JazzFranco Z will perform A Brief History of Jazz.  People’s Choice Poem Performance Awards follow featured readings and performances.   DJ Gill Sotu will provide music and sound throughout the show.  This interactive arts and culture experience will include beverages, snacks and plenty of time to mingle. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, nonmembers $5 at the door.

Life Drawing: Session 3
Jun
21
6:00 pm18:00

Life Drawing: Session 3

  • San Diego Art Institute

SDAI brings back the opportunity for guests to practice figure drawing from a live model. Exercise skills in proportion, gesture, and observation each month starting in April. Artist and SDAI Gallery Manager, Kevin Freligh will facilitate each session, providing tips and advice for those in need of a little extra support and motivation. 

Make Music Day: SOLOS DUOS TODOS
Jun
21
12:00 pm12:00

Make Music Day: SOLOS DUOS TODOS

  • San Diego Art Institute

SDAI is pleased to participate in Make Music Day in Balboa Park. Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries. All events, in every location, are free and open to the public.

www.makemusicday.org/sandiego

SDAI will host a special edition of SOLOS DUO TODOS, which will encourage musicians to experiment in new encounters and chance interactions. Multiple sessions throughout the day will give groups of improvisers the chance to perform short solos, then duos, then all together. SOLOS DUOS TODOS is an excercise in spontaneous collaboration and acceptance.

If you'd like to participate, please email: nlesley@sandiego-art.org

Solos Duos Todos
Jun
15
6:00 pm18:00

Solos Duos Todos

  • San Diego Art Institute

Admission: $5

SDAI is pleased to invite experimenters working with sound, video, movement, and other media, in collaborative improvisation.

Performers are invited to bring a reasonable amount of gear to experiment with, set up in a circle, each perform 3 minute solos (getting to know you), then 3 minute duos (AB, BC, CD, DE, EF, FA – ideally with people you haven't played with before), then a short set of everyone together (5-10 minutes). This is not an open mic, so please don't expect to play anything precomposed.

The goal is to experiment in collaboration, try new styles/equipment, and meet new people. Please bring a small set up with practice amp, mono into the mixer, acoustic, or your own projector. For dancers/movers, the floor is smooth concrete, no marley. The instrumentation/medium is open, but the structure is fairly rigid. Performers ought to be willing to collaborate and leave each other space. Audiences have the opportunity to see/hear talented performers of San Diego in chance encounters.

Participation is FREE with RSVP
Email: nlesley@sandiego-art.org with subject "Solos Duos Todos" and include your equipment/instrumentation plan

AUDIENCE: $5 admission to the performance & SDAI gallery
Beer/Wine: $5

Art + Activate Banner Workshop
Jun
14
6:00 pm18:00

Art + Activate Banner Workshop

  • San Diego Art Institute

The third in our series of art and activism related workshops, San Diego Art Institute and Bridge (building-bridges.org) will host an information session detailing local activism and calls for justice within the LGBTQIA+ community; led by special guests from the San Diego Coalition Against Gay Conversion. We will discuss the many ways art can be utilized to spread awareness, develop organizing strategies, and execute resonant and dynamic demonstrations and actions. Examples of banner and sign-making techniques will be shared along with supplies for you to create your own. 

Parkeology: Border Trolley Tours
Jun
10
Jun 24

Parkeology: Border Trolley Tours

  • Balboa Park

Despite the fact that the San Diego/Tijuana border is the most transited in the world, only 1 in 4 San Diegans take the drive south to cross. 100 years ago, during the Panama-California Exposition, locals and tourists visiting the Spanish dancers, gem exhibitions, and Native American reenactment villages of Balboa Park often hopped on a trolley and for an “enjoyable 20-mile ride” to “Tia Juana.” Many of the popular restaurants, casinos, and racetracks in Tijuana were funded by the same American dollars that built Balboa Park. Yet in less than a century, the public imagination of fluidity between San Diego to Tijuana has hardened in sync with the concrete border wall itself...

The Vine Affair
Jun
2
6:00 pm18:00

The Vine Affair

  • San Diego Art Institute

The Vine Affair is Balboa Park Cultural Partnership's first annual wine festival, entwined within five tasting galleries in Balboa Park. Each location will house several wineries, food vendors and breweries. Beyond taste and smell, the night will be a feast for the senses. See art within the museums, touch and interact with exhibitions, and hear live music in several locations. 

Organ for the Senses
May
27
8:00 pm20:00

Organ for the Senses

  • Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Expanding out of last year’s highly acclaimed program, this year’s Organ For the Senses welcomes seven composers from the U.S., Sweden, Australia, and Mexico for an event that will challenge listeners as much as challenge the sonic and architectonic limits of the Spreckels’ organ itself. Curator Alan F Jones (Laminal Audio, Marginal Frequency) has selected regional and nationally renowned contemporary musicians to create works for the world’s largest outdoor pipe organ. Each composition, ranging from eight to twelve minutes in length, seeks to explore the physical properties of the organ itself, wherein vibrationallydriven works feature as prominently as key traces of melody. In aggregate, the music will feature inherent electronic elements, and electronics-as-accompaniment, exploring how the organ functions as a massive analogue synthesizer. Jones’ choices for these performances comes out of an interest to challenge some of the most brilliant minds in experimental music to approach the instrument both obliquely and organically, including music from composers who have never written for organ. In every case, we will all be hearing these works for the first time in a global premiere.

Extra-Ordinary Collusion
May
20
Jul 2

Extra-Ordinary Collusion

  • San Diego Art Institute

San Diego is not only known as one of the top three biotech capitals in the world, thanks to the presence of research centers like the Salk, Scripps, and the Stanford Consortium, but it is uniquely situated next to the creative hotbed that is Tijuana. Extra-Ordinary Collusion celebrates this rich cultural heritage by fostering innovative exchange between two of San Diego’s great cultural strengths—our thriving scientific and artistic communities.

Solos Duos Todos
May
11
6:00 pm18:00

Solos Duos Todos

  • San Diego Art Institute

Admission: $5

SDAI is pleased to introduce a new series which aims to engage experimenters working with sound, video, movement, and other media, in collaborative improvisation.

Performers are invited to bring a reasonable amount of gear to experiment with, set up in a circle, each perform 3 minute solos (getting to know you), then 3 minute duos (AB, BC, CD, DE, EF, FA), then a short set of everyone together (5-10 minutes).

The idea is to experiment in collaboration, try new styles/equipment, and meet new people. Please bring a small set up with practice amp, mono into the mixer, acoustic, or your own projector. The instrumentation/medium is open, but the structure is fairly rigid. Performers ought to be willing to collaborate and leave each other space. Audiences have the opportunity to see/hear talented performers of San Diego in chance encounters.

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Participation is FREE with RSVP

Email: nlesley@sandiego-art.org with subject "Solos Duos Todos" and include your equipment/instrumentation plan

Allison Manch: What’s Mine is Yours
May
6
May 28

Allison Manch: What’s Mine is Yours

  • SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza

In Manch’s new body of work the artist explores the relationship between parent and child and the ideas, objects, and traits that are passed from one generation to the next. Text, images of the natural world, and material symbols combine to illuminate themes of protection, discovery, and courage. What's Mine is Yours presents a series of Manch’s new, mixed-media fabric works with watercolor, hand embroidery, and appliqué.

Shirin Towfiq: Resist Stitch
Apr
29
9:00 am09:00

Shirin Towfiq: Resist Stitch

  • San Diego Art Institute

Admission: FREE
Ages: ALL

San Diego Art Institute is hosting a special workshop presented by Bridge and So Sew Co collective

for a social engagement art piece that invites the public to get their resistance on! Art and activism have an inherently symbiotic relationship, no matter where you stand or what your message may be. Join Shirin Towfiq, as she provides basic sewing instruction and ideas for conceptual clothing inspiring participants to assert their individual power the art of textile creation. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own found fabric to incorporate into your finished piece.

Shirin Towfiq is a San Diego based conceptual artist of Iranian descent that works in textile, conceptual clothing, installation, and socially engaged art.  Her work addresses cultural, feminine, and interpersonal relationships. She received a BA in Practice of Art from University of California Berkeley. Shirin is the founder of So Sew Co, an organization that inspires creativity and builds community through alternative sewing projects and art workshops.Learn how to create your very own resist shirt and come prepared for your next protest or rally event.  Each shirt can function on its own, but has the ability to connect with as many people as possible!

Parkeology: Lives of Specimen
Apr
28
8:00 pm20:00

Parkeology: Lives of Specimen

  • theNAT

After viewing mountain lions stilled in eternal prowls, grizzly bears sniffing the air with frozen noses, and hawks mid-scream, children have a common line of questioning when visiting the displays at theNAT. “Is it real? Are they alive?” Yes, the 7.4 million specimens that exist in theNAT’s research collections are real, and at one point they were alive. A third question arises: “how did you get them?” Before they were poised in glass vitrines, nestled in wooden shelves, submerged in alcohol, or pinned to paper backing, the biological specimens that comprise the Museum's collections went through a complex journey.  

Music Performances by Thollem, Helixhand, and Dead Lion
Apr
25
6:00 pm18:00

Music Performances by Thollem, Helixhand, and Dead Lion

  • San Diego Art Institute

$8 in advance, $10 at the door

THOLLEM
Thollem is a pianist, keyboardist, organist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, activist, author and teacher. He's spent his life skirting and erasing the edges of boundaries musically, culturally, geographically. His work is ever changing, evolving and responding to the times and his experiences, both as a soloist and in collaboration with hundreds of artists across idioms and disciplines. Though Thollem's widely known as an acoustic piano player, he's also the lead vocalist for the Italian agit-punk band Tsigoti and has recently branched out significantly into the world of electronics through a multitude of projects. He has performed and recorded prolifically, with but not limited to: Pauline Oliveros, William Parker, Nels Cline, Mike Watt, Nate Wooley, Sandy Ewen, Kjell Nordeson, Darin Gray, Glenn Kotche, Larry Ochs, Michel Doneda and Rob Mazurek.

Hot Pursuit Of Happiness is Thollem's solo show forging a fun-filled onslaught of PunkWorldNoiseBluesAvantAmericana through an unruly electronic beast of vintage keyboards and stomp boxes. About the insane absurdity of 21st century America, always somewhere between being pursued and pursuing, healthy rage against it all, love and death, the time of our lives. With songs from recent albums Machine In The Ghost, Always Put On Your Sincere Face and Tsigoti, plus music from Howled Ground, Operation Sunbeam and Thollem's newest release Who Are U.S. When possible the show will be backdropped by a hyper-speed video of Silver Ochre's trip around the U.S. last year. Thollem's visit to San Diego is a waypoint on his continental U.S. tour from April 6th - Nov. 19th. 

http://thollem.com/index.html


HELIXHAND
Helixhand is the audiovisual and electronic music project of Ashley Capachione. A Boston, Massachusetts transplant, she began recording experimental electronic music under the project name BATHAUS after finding sonic influence in New England’s sacred spaces and historical structures. Her work continues to dissect and revision spiritual connectivity, ritual and folklore within an audiovisual practice. She’s released music under Phantasma Disques, Cleopatra Records, Apothecary Compositions, Haute Magie Records and Unspeakable Records and has performed solo and collaboratively at SXSW, Together Festival, Discwoman NYC, Evlv tech Fest, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston and The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her music has been noted for its atypical layering of samples and well as a wide array of influences ranging from industrial, techno, ambient and lo-fi. Capachione is the co-founder of Substructure Boston, an electronic music series and platform showcasing underrepresented artists and inspiring women to positions of power. 

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/helixhand

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helixhand/


DEAD LION
Composer, sound artist, and instrument builder. Completely ambivalent about music. Daniel Prince studied with composer Maryanne Amacher and with multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart. He has performed as a soloist on modular synthesizer with the American Symphony Orchestra, developed sound installations in abandoned concert halls, and played innumerable basement punk shows. Daniel’s lifework investigating the aesthetics of hearing damage has received international press (Nature Journal, 2014); as an ally in the search for a cure, he has been awarded the title of  “tinnitus ambassador” by the Deutsche Tinnitus-Stiftung. Recent activities include a Project Grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Daniel received his MA in Music Composition from Wesleyan University, has taught analog synthesis at Bard College, and, as fate would have it, is now pursuing his PhD at University of California, San Diego.

 

Tara de la Garza: Collage Workshop
Apr
13
6:00 pm18:00

Tara de la Garza: Collage Workshop

  • San Diego Art Institute

San Diego Art Institute welcomes international artist, Tara de la Garza, for a workshop experimenting with mixed media and collage.

With her collage work, Tara distorts elements of nature to create new hybrid creatures, based on the aesthetic of the exquisite corpse. In this workshop we begin with images in magazines, cut them out using a scalpel and create new forms that we then glue to a page.

Gearheads: Ashley Capachione
Apr
6
7:00 pm19:00

Gearheads: Ashley Capachione

  • SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza

Ashley will discuss her practice and process using electronics, the history of sound and technology used in seance, and perform a piece inspired by San Diego's enchanted seance house, The Villa Montezuma.

Noé Olivas: “la/el/ellas/ellos/usted quinceañera/o”
Apr
3
May 3

Noé Olivas: “la/el/ellas/ellos/usted quinceañera/o”

  • SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza

Olivas explores childhood memories, gender roles, and contemporary gender stereotyping through this project, “la/el/ellas/ellos/usted quinceañera/o”. The completed work will manifest itself in the form of a quinceañera dress installation made from atypical materials. The process and materials tap into Olivas’ desires to inform himself on the history and tradition of the quinceañera process, how it speaks to the ongoing progression or regression of gender roles, and the myth of machismo. 

Olivas explores childhood memories, gender roles, and contemporary gender stereotyping through this project, “la/el/ellas/ellos/usted quinceañera/o”. The completed work will manifest itself in the form of a quinceañera dress installation made from atypical materials. The process and materials tap into Olivas’ desires to inform himself on the history and tradition of the quinceañera process, how it speaks to the ongoing progression or regression of gender roles, and the myth of machismo. 

Diverge/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media
Apr
1
May 15

Diverge/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media

  • San Diego Art Institute

The group exhibition “Diverge/Convene: Contemporary Mixed Media” highlights artists of all media working in the liminal spaces not easily defined by traditional collage or assemblage work. The artists in “Diverge/Convene” have all developed and share an understanding of contemporary collage as a medium and a genre, employing disparate elements through the use of materials and/or content. This exhibition celebrates artists both locally and nationally that are not only working in traditional 2D/3D mediums, but also in sound sculpture, video, photography, installation, and alternative processes. The exhibition is organized by Ginger Shulick Porcella, Exeuctive Director of SDAI, and Kate McNamara, Director of Galleries and Exhibitions for the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design.

SDAI Spring Break Art Camp
Mar
27
Mar 31

SDAI Spring Break Art Camp

  • North Park Recreation Center

What better way to spend Spring Break than by making art?

San Diego Art Institute is excited to announce our first Spring Break Art Camp. We’ll dive into a number of mediums including printmaking, painting, drawing, and sculpture. Learn about contemporary artists, their processes, and how to best communicate your ideas through visual art.

Spend each day working on a project you’re sure to love, make new friends, and have some fun.

Poetry & Art
Mar
25
6:30 pm18:30

Poetry & Art

  • San Diego Art Institute

On Saturday, March 25, Poetry & Art Series 2017 presents artist and performer Perry Vasquez and San Diego poet Sunny Rey.  People’s Choice Poem Performance Awards follow featured readings and performances.  DJ Gill Sotu will provide music and sound throughout the show.  This interactive arts and culture experience will include beverages, snacks and plenty of time to mingle.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, nonmembers $5 at the door. 

Potluck Mythodologies
Mar
25
6:00 pm18:00

Potluck Mythodologies

  • SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza

Potluck Mythodologies taking place at SDAI Project Space in in Horton Plaza will be the third and final installment of events happening in conjunction with the exhibition Boiling Process 5: Mythodologies currently on display at SDAI Balboa Park. The featured artists in the main exhibition work in a variety of media, and this series of events has hopefully provided a glimpse into the multi-faceted nature of their bodies of work, and expand upon ideas and themes explored in this project. Potluck Mythodologies will feature an assortment of food art created and shared by artists from San Diego, Tijuana and Los Angeles including Mexican Sushi by Cacahuates Japoneses, Cryopops by Elyse Reardon-Jung, Artisanal Bread by Lena Wolek, and an edible churros installation by elsoldelrac.  Also included in the evening's program will be a “potluck” of dozens of smallish wall works by the artists in the main exhibition and a number of surprise guest artists.

Blessed Be: A Night of Occult Performances
Mar
24
7:00 pm19:00

Blessed Be: A Night of Occult Performances

  • San Diego Art Institute

Celebrating performance and programming throughout the year focused on the occult, mysticism, and the unknown, San Diego Art Institute will once again put the “cult” in “culture”. This event will feature new performances by Amanda Yates Garcia (The Oracle of Los Angeles), Molly Jo Shea, and Angela Jennings, exploring themes as diverse as internet scams and hypnotism, goddesses of civilization, and the sacred and profane. Also throughout the evening, audience members will have the opportunity to have their tarot cards read by Zac Monday, interact with renowned mentalist Ralph Hamrick, and learn about stone cleansing with Samantha Jean Wilson. The night will culminate with a musical performance by Blood Ponies.

Six Degrees of San Diego: Cults
Mar
23
6:00 pm18:00

Six Degrees of San Diego: Cults

  • San Diego Art Institute

The second episode of SDAI’s Six Degrees of San Diego podcast puts the “cult” back in culture as we dive into the world of leaders, followers, rituals, and track suits from the many cults of Southern California. On Thursday, March 23rd, SDAI will host another moderated discussion on the prevalence in utopic societies in Sourthern California.  Skyping in Alex Young, artist, curator, and cult afficianado, Ginger Shulick Porcella and Lissa Corona will discuss their fascination with Heaven’s Gate, Children of God, communes and colonies. Video installation by Stephen Handley, and a special screening of a film created by Alex Young, commissioned by SDAI in 2015, will be on view during the conversation.

Artist Pick Flicks: Welcome to the Dollhouse
Mar
22
6:00 pm18:00

Artist Pick Flicks: Welcome to the Dollhouse

  • San Diego Art Institute

The series continues with independent filmmaker Todd Solondz’s classic coming of age film, Welcome to the Dollhouse. Introduced by SDAI Education Director Lissa Corona, Welcome to the Dollhouse is described by Corona as “one of the most wonderfully painful film representations of adolescence.” Prior to the screening, Corona will discuss how Welcome to the Dollhouse has influenced her personal artwork and penchant for dark humor.

Parkeology: The Naked Truth, Free Range
Mar
18
1:00 pm13:00

Parkeology: The Naked Truth, Free Range

  • Zoro Garden

After last year’s Parkeology pageant directed by dramatist Playwright Welton Jones, the question still persists: was Zoro Gardens a social experiment or was it a peepshow? The facts are unclear. What remains is the garden environment built for public voyeurism which has since been transformed into a butterfly haven. For one day Naked Truth: Free Range will revive Zoro Gardens with a group of nudist sympathizers, in collaboration with performance artist Maria Ríos-Mathioudakis.  Hourly programs with special guests will explore ways a contemporary reincarnation of the 1935 nudist colony can be an accessible, diverse, intersectional, gender-non- conforming, and body positive social experiment.

Performance Mythodologies
Mar
17
6:00 pm18:00

Performance Mythodologies

  • SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza

Performance Mythodologies taking place at SDAI Project Space in in Horton Plaza is a showcase of performative works by artists from San Diego, Tijuana and Los Angeles.  This event is part of a full roster of programs that accompanies the exhibition Boiling Process 5: Mythodologies currently on display at SDAI Balboa Park. The featured artists in the main exhibition work in a variety of media, and this series will hopefully provide a glimpse into the multi-faceted nature of their bodies of work, and expand upon ideas and themes explored in this project. Also included in the evening's program will be artists who have collaborated with or have been in dialogue with the artists from each community, giving further insight to the greater geographic and social contexts from which these artists live and work.

Video Marathon
Mar
16
6:00 pm18:00

Video Marathon

  • San Diego Art Institute

Join San Diego Art Institute for a night of video art. From animation, performance, to narrative and digital painting, a collection of work submitted by San Diego based artists will be screened during this one night only event. Bring your friends, some snacks, and enjoy the show.

After the screening, jurors will determine the top three videos to run on a loop in our exhibition space for one month following this event.