This summer, Montalvo celebrates its public park as a space of belonging for all. The works presented on the grounds allow the historic property to unfold our histories as we create space to honor the bodies and stories that have not been represented in classical historic American gardens.
The celebration will include performances by Lucas Artists Fellows Ali Asgar Tara, Margaret Laurena Kemp, and Ayako Kato, joined by Darling Shear and Tuli Bera. Poets Arlene Biala, ASHA, Keana Aguila Labra, Quynh-Mai Nguyen, Lorenz Dumuk, and Santa Clara County Poet Laureate Tshaka Campbell will share new works created in response to the exhibition. The tone will be set by DJ Chale Brown, and the evening will close with video projections by Lucas Artists Fellow TT Takemoto.
Exhibiting artists Cassils, Pilar Agüero-Esparza, Oliver Lee Jackson, and Wanxin Zhang will be on site to celebrate the event, and visitors will be invited to tour the exhibited works, experience the live performances, and leave their own mark in a community-created project. Enjoy food from our visiting food trucks and grab a drink at our bar (credit card only).
The exhibition Claiming Space: Refiguring the Body in Landscape (on view through October 15) brings together a diverse array of works on loan and new commissions that explore the representation of the body as political studies, sites of vulnerability and exchange, formed in relation to forces of power and social expectations. In public, bodies of color, disabled bodies, female identifying, trans and non-binary bodies are policed and surveyed; while at the same time they are not typically represented in our shared civic spaces. The assembled works invite viewers to consider: What does it mean for our bodies to feel grounded and safe in public? To feel seen? To be represented? To belong?
Free shuttle service to the event will be available from West Valley College, Parking Lot 1 (entrance on Allendale Avenue).
Rideshare (Taxi/Lyft/Uber) drop-offs will be allowed, but no pick-ups. If you are using a rideshare service, please take the shuttle to West Valley when you depart and call from there.
While masking and vaccines are not required at this event, we ask that all guests take precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Masks are highly recommended at all times while indoors and while riding the shuttles, and are welcome for all who feel more comfortable wearing one. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you remain home.
This exhibition is made possible through the support of our lead sponsor, the Marcus Family Foundation. Additional support generously provided by the Jo and Barry Ariko Fund for Artistic Programs and Sally Lucas.
to 3Arts, Chopsticks Alley Art, The Confederation of Ohlone People, and the Parajo Valley Ohlone Indian Council for their support of this event.
6:15pm: First shuttles depart from West Valley College
6:30pm: DJ Chale Brown (Great Lawn)
7pm: Poetry Set (Great Lawn)
7:30-9:30pm: Margaret Laurena Kemp presents It’s All About Love: Mixtape for the Landscape (Villa Solarium)
7:30pm: LUCA/Chromosome Dance (Great Lawn)
8-8:30pm: Ali Asgar Tara, “A Private View” (Oval Garden)
8pm: DJ Chale Brown (Great Lawn)
8:30pm: Poetry Set (Charmaine’s Garden Terrace)
8:45-9:30pm: Looping video projections by TT Takemoto (Villa Façade)
9pm: Final shuttle from West Valley College to Montalvo
9:30pm: Final shuttle departs Montalvo to West Valley College