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

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.

PGK Dance Project’s Mediterranean Nights Audience Appreciation event
Mar
11
6:00 pm18:00

PGK Dance Project’s Mediterranean Nights Audience Appreciation event

  • SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza

at SDAI's Project Space @ Horton Plaza

$35 General, $25 PGK Dance Passport and SDAI members includes your first beverage, raffle ticket to win wonderful items from our seasonal sponsors and food

"Our World Renown, critically acclaimed contemporary repertory company known for presenting exceptional professional dance in unexpected places welcomes you to an evening of interactive dance and “live” music with surprise guest artists, fashions by African designer Lilly recently featured at SD Fashion week, drinks by Bluefoot Bar & Lounge and catered foods." - The PGK Dance Project

 

Two Scientists Walk into a Bar
Mar
9
5:30 pm17:30

Two Scientists Walk into a Bar

  • Fleet Science Center

50 Scientists. 25 Bars. One Night.
All Over San Diego County.

What sounds like the beginning of a rather bad joke is actually a fun, new community program by the Fleet Science Center. During Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar℠, local scientists will enjoy something we all do: a beer and good conversation in a local bar. Join them, and ask them anything you want! They'll be easy to spot. Just look for the sign that reads: "We are scientists. Ask us anything!" 

Intersectional Feminism & Contemporary Art Panel Discussion
Mar
6
6:00 pm18:00

Intersectional Feminism & Contemporary Art Panel Discussion

  • San Diego Art Institute

San Diego Art Institute presents an important and necessary discussion of intersectional feminism framed through the lens of contemporary art.

Our speakers will frame their research, artwork, and roles as artists, educators, and writers around the experience of people of color, the LGBTQ community, and the visibility of artists working within a largely white, male-centric art world.

Video Mythodologies
Mar
3
6:00 pm18:00

Video Mythodologies

  • San Diego Art Institute

The exhibition Boiling Process 5: Mythodologies currently on display is accompanied by a full roster of programs in both Balboa Park and at the SDAI Project Space in Horton Plaza. The featured artists work in a variety of media, and this series will hopefully provide a glimpse into the multi-faceted nature of their bodies of work. Also showcased will be artists who have collaborated with or have been in dialogue with the artists from the main exhibition, giving further insight to the greater geographic and social context, and expand upon ideas and themes explored in this project. Video Mythodologies, the first among this series, will be a screening of short video works from the three neighboring cities: San Diego, Tijuana and Los Angeles.

Social Practice Panel
Feb
23
6:00 pm18:00

Social Practice Panel

  • San Diego Art Institute

What is Social Practice? A term of increasing popularity, Social Practice has become a new level of engagement for artists looking to bridge the art world and the public sphere. The notion of artists creating work outside the studio, away from institutions, and in collaboration with “community,” social practice provides opportunity to create experiences that engage the viewer as participant. Often bringing to light issues of socio-economics, culture, politics, and ecology, social practice aims to draw a connection between the artist and communities directly impacted by the modes in which these issues present themselves.

CLA Professional Development Workshop: Legal Issues in Photography
Feb
21
6:00 pm18:00

CLA Professional Development Workshop: Legal Issues in Photography

  • San Diego Art Institute

$15 for CLA and SDAI nonmembers and $10 for members.

Join California Lawyers for the Arts for a discussion of legal issues frequently facing photographers, including issues surrounding street photography and photographing in public, use of drones, model and property releases, copyrights, licensing agreements, fair use and more. Leslie Burns, Esq. will present on the most recent developments in the law, as well as how the law affects your work as a photographer and/or as an artist incorporating photography in your work. 

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DJ Workshop with Ana Brown
Feb
19
12:00 pm12:00

DJ Workshop with Ana Brown

  • San Diego Art Institute

Vinyl is BACK in a big way. Record sales are at a 28 year high, and everyone from bookstores, coffee shops, and clothing stores are getting in on the vinyl game.

Local DJ, radio host, and artist Ana Brown is joining SDAI to teach San Diego teens how to get started crafting playlists, collecting records, using a turntable, and incorporating digital media into your DJ gigs.

Bring in your stack of records, a set of headphones, and your favorite MP3s and we’ll provide the rest!

 

Curiouser and Curiouser: a night of Taxidermy and Oddities
Feb
17
6:00 pm18:00

Curiouser and Curiouser: a night of Taxidermy and Oddities

  • San Diego Art Institute

Join SDAI for a celebration of wonder and curiosity, art and science, to celebrate the release of a fascinating new book on the art of taxidermy by New York taxidermists Divya Anantharaman and Katie Innamorato. This illuminating and enchanting celebration is for everyone—makers, collectors, beginners, the more experienced, and anyone who has ever been curious about this interesting and obscure art. In their new book Stuffed Animals: A Modern Guide to Taxidermy, published by The Countryman Press (W.W. Norton), Divya and Katie demystify the practice of taxidermy, shatter stereotypes, and make taxidermy accessible to all. Committed to sustainable sourcing and wildlife conservation, the authors are part of the vanguard of young taxidermists who bring new life to this age-old craft.

Boiling Process 5: Mythodologies
Feb
11
Mar 26

Boiling Process 5: Mythodologies

  • San Diego Art Institute

Boiling Process 5: Mythodologies is a group exhibition that unites promising and emerging artists from San Diego, Tijuana and Los Angeles. With this exhibition, the curators suggest a narrative that serves as an alternative to the one told by the big auction houses, major art fairs and biennials, and mega-galleries. This is a narrative that has developed on a much more personal level, whose fragmented contours are not defined by discipline, city, or nationality.  

Weathering the Storm: Trauma Beneath the Surface, by Nick Mansfield
Feb
10
Mar 5

Weathering the Storm: Trauma Beneath the Surface, by Nick Mansfield

  • SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza

Nick Mansfield has created an environment where sensory inputs produce the same kinds of emotions, anxiety, heightened sensitivity, and general stress that is felt by those living with PTSD, offering the viewer a unique look into a world often unexplored and misunderstood by the general public, raising awareness of what the world behind the curtain of PTSD looks and feels like

MIXTAPE: Volume 3
Jan
28
7:00 pm19:00

MIXTAPE: Volume 3

  • San Diego Art Institute

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, SDAI is hosting the third installment from its “MIXTAPE” series, highlighting quality local, national, and international musical acts. 

Alice Bag  •  Hexa  •  Die Mißbildungen Des Menschen

Call to participate in a photoshoot
Jan
28
Jan 29

Call to participate in a photoshoot

  • San Diego Art Institute

Arzu Ozkal is inviting cross-generational, self-identified women cultural producers to participate in a photo shoot for her mural project at SDAI in April 2017.

San Diego Women in Resistance is visual statement against authority, patriarchy, and other social mechanisms that govern our rights and resources. The images of the participants will be abstracted into pixelated illustrations and composed into a mural.

Very important disclaimer: The photo shoot is not going to be nude, but the pixel style illustrations based on the photographs will be. The artist will not use the photographs for the final image, but participants will be asked to sign a photography release waiver. 

If you are interested in participating in San Diego Women in Resistance mural project stop by SDAI between 1pm-4pm Saturday and Sunday January 28th & 29th. RSVP in advance is recommended at education@sandiego-art.org

About the Artist:

Arzu Ozkal is a founding member of Home Affairs, an interdisciplinary art collective that initiates creative projects that engage with feminisms, labor, maternity, and the environment. Formed in 2011 it seeks to raise awareness of these issues through interdisciplinary collaborations between artists, writers, designers, and also members of our various communities.