We the People

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Friday, July 20, 2018 - Friday, September 28, 2018

OPENING EVENT: Friday, July 20, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

For 2018, the Art on the Grounds installations will include three newly-commissioned works by Lucas Artists Program Fellows: an innovative sonic journey of its lush and expansive grounds, a communally planted peace garden, and a large-scale art installation. The opening outdoor festival, which will be the official debut of these three works, will also include a showcase of poetry and performance. It will be held July 20. Admission is free.

The group of Fellows whose new work will be installed on Montalvo’s historic campus for Art on the Grounds includes one of the most significant artists to emerge from post-Revolutionary Cuba, Magdalena Campos-Pons; award-winning US composer Howard Hersh; and Brazilian artist Marilá Dardot.

Campos-Pons’ communal performance will result in a new peace garden for Montalvo. The garden layout will be based on a scaled-down version of a floor plan from a typical Bay Area home combined with elements drawn from an aerial photograph of Soviet medium-range ballistic missile installations taken during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

Hersh will premiere his new sound work Four Bridges, which uses geolocation technology to create a sonic journey through earbuds of smartphones. Celebrating the beauty, mystery, and magic of the forest, the tour will lead hikers through Montalvo’s redwood canyons and oak-lined meadows.

In her first exhibition in the United States, Brazilian artist Marilá Dardot will premiere a new large-scale installation work featuring flags created by first generation immigrants living the South Bay. In this new work, Dardot will amplify the voices and experiences of San Jose’s varied immigrant communities, and honor the challenges of their experience in the context of a divisive national conversation about immigrants and American identity. These works will be on view to the public for free, Monday through Sunday, from July 20.

  • The hiking trails. Four Bridges
    By Howard Hersh

    Premiering July 2018! Four Bridges is a site-specific sound work by award-winning composer Howard Hersh, who created it while in residence at Montalvo’s Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency ...

  • No image for this work Imole Blue II. Field of Memories
    By Maria Magdalena Compos-Pons

    Premiering July, 2018!  One of the most significant artists to emerge from post-Revolutionary Cuba, Campos-Pons creates a garden for Montalvo’s grounds with participation from the community. Taking inspiration from ...

  • We the People Saudade (Our Flags)
    By Marila Dardot

    Coming July 2018! In her first exhibition in the United States, Brazilian artist Dardot premieres a large-scale installation of flags created by first-generation immigrants living in the Bay Area, amplifying ...

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  •  FRI JULY 20, 2018 6:30 P.M. (Park Grounds)
    We the People
    Art on the Grounds Opening Festival

    Montalvo Arts Center kicks off its annual Art on the Grounds exhibition this summer with an opening art festival titled We the People. For 2018, the Art on the Grounds installations will include three newly-commissioned works by Lucas Artists Program ...
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