Programming

 

Although Gallery 51's doors are closed to the public, we are excited to bring you alternative programming. As we all continue to adapt, this page too will be updated to reflect changes. We thank you for your continuing support and look forward to your participation.

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March

Tuesday March 2: Hostile Terrain Virtual Preview with the Artists at 6 pm EST

Trinh Mai

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Join us for a virtual preview of the next exhibition at Gallery 51, Hostile Terrain, on Tuesday, March 2 at 6pm EST. The exhibition is scheduled to open to the public later this year. Gallery 51 is honored to partake in this participatory art project sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a non-profit research-art-education-media collective directed by anthropologist Jason De León. The exhibition is composed of ~3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. This installation will simultaneously take place at a large number of institutions, both nationally and globally. To learn more about this project, visit their site here. In conjunction with the Hostile Terrain 94 project, Gallery 51 brought together three artists, whose work centers on the immigrant experience, to broaden the discussion and representation around this topic. The Hostile Terrain exhibition features the work of Sanctuary City Project, comprised of Sergio de la Torre and Chris Treggiari, along with artist Trinh Mai. All the artists collaborated with MCLA students, faculty and the community on a series of workshops and experiences that examine identity, belonging, fear and trauma. To learn more about this work at MCLA, visit our site here.

 

Thursday March 4: Theatre Thursday, Program Discussion with Erica, Jeremy, and Special Guest at 5 pm EST

MCLA theatre prouction still

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Erica and Jeremy will be joined by Sara Katzoff, adjunct instructor and devisor/playwright/director of one of our two spring shows pal-imp-sest: 2021 remixes. Sara, a longtime Berkshire fixture in avant garde theatre-making, will chat with us about how she has partnered with the students to create a brand-new play out of whole cloth, for and about the MCLA student body.

 

Friday March 5: Natalia Serna: Music & Migration Talk/Performance/Q&A at 4pm EST

Natalia Serna

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Natalia Serna, also known as La Muna, is a Colombian-American musician and sociologist who moved to the border city of Nogales, Sonora as a volunteer at the Kino Border Initiative Soup Kitchen. Corazόn Norte has been presented at migrant soup kitchens, detention centers, universities and theaters across Mexico, Guatemala and the U.S. Natalia's music on social justice has been used by the Discovery Channel, Two America’s film, Jesuit Refugee Services, Bread For the World, and Creighton Backpacker film el Deportado among others.

In this interactive session, Natalia will present her music and stories to MCLA students, introducing them to the experience of migrants at the border. 

Corazόn Norte is a record made up of songs and interviews that seek to incarnate, through art, the stories of migrants. The record was born at the Kino Border Initiative soup kitchen on the Mexican American border as an effort to gift each traveller a song in honor of their journey. Experiences, feelings, and dreams make up the raw material of this record. Each story is unique, yet they all have in common a shared border and a shared dream of heading north. 

Corazόn Norte hopes to offer the audience a richer understanding of migration by exploring the individual stories that embody its complexity, its horrors, and the depth of its humanity. Its ultimate goal is to light a passion for the dignity of each person regardless of which side on any line he or she stands.

 

Thursday March 11: Gallery 51 Featured Artist Series - Galia Linn at 5pm EST

headshot of artist Galia Linn

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We want to highlight and showcase the talented artists in our community and across the globe. This week's Featured Artist, Galia Linn, is a sculptor and site-specific installation artist living and working in Los Angeles. Linn constructs relationships between subject, object and their environments by creating elemental tensions; a delicate balance between the mediums’ limits and Linn’s exploration with life’s imperfections. Galia Linn has shown nationally and internationally, and is part of numerous private collections in Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Paris, Brussels and Tel Aviv.  She is also the founder of Blue Roof Studios in Los Angeles California. For Galia's full biography, click here. To learn more about her practice, click here

 

Tuesday March 16: Gendered Politics and Constellations of Care along Central American Migrant Routes - Wendy Vogt at 4 pm EST

Wendy Vogt

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This talk focuses on the subject of Dr. Vogt’s book, Lives in Transit, which chronicles the dangerous journeys of Central American migrants in transit through Mexico. Drawing on fieldwork in humanitarian aid shelters and other key sites, Wendy A. Vogt examines the multiple forms of violence that migrants experience as their bodies, labor, and lives become implicated in global and local economies that profit from their mobility as racialized and gendered others. She also reveals new forms of intimacy, solidarity, and activism that have emerged along transit routes over the past decade. Through the stories of migrants, shelter workers, and local residents, Vogt encourages us to reimagine transit as a site of both violence and precarity as well as social struggle and resistance. 

Wendy Vogt is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the author of the book, Lives in Transit: Violence and Intimacy on the Migrant Journey published by the University of California Press in the California Series for Public Anthropology. 

 

Wednesday March 24: Gallery 51 Featured Artist Series - Papay Solomon at 5pm EST

Solomon                                                                 Image by Puspa Lohmeyer                                                                             

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We want to highlight and showcase the talented artists in our community and across the globe. This week's Featured Artist, Papay Solomon, is a Phoenix-based painter and Liberian war refugee. Papay Solomon lives in the space between two worlds, the world of his adopted home in America and that of his African heritage. His work boldly attempts to reconcile the two into a cohesive whole, with an artistic vision tempered by his formal education in the West and at the same time wildly alive with the indelible imprint of his home country. Known for his paintings of fellow members of the African diaspora, Solomon uses the vocabulary of classical works of art with a modern spin. To see more of his work, click here.

 

 

APRIL

Thursday April 1: Theatre Thursday, Discussion about the MCLA production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with Erica, Jeremy, and Special Guest at 5 pm EST

MCLA theatre production still from A Midsummer Night's Dream

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For our final "Theatre Thursday," David Lane will join Erica and Jeremy to discuss his production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. David is an adjunct instructor and is a master mask-maker and puppeteer, and will share with us how his experience in multiple story-telling modes has shaped this production of Shakespeare's great play.

 

Monday April 5: Gallery 51 Featured Artist Series - Galia Linn at 12 pm EST

Galia Linn

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Should where one is born dictate access to immigration status? 

Galia Linn is a sculptor and site-responsive installation artist born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, living and working in Los Angeles, California. Linn constructs relationships between subject, object and their environments by creating elemental tensions; a delicate balance between the mediums’ limits and Linn’s exploration with life’s imperfections. Influenced by an early childhood in Israel, a land full of ancient and contemporary relics of past and present civilizations, Linn’s work absorbs both her physical body through the manipulation of the material and the emotional and historical resonance of the artists’ life. What appears fragile, in the end is rock strong, the cracks become symbolic; a window into the internal makeup of the vessels, a metaphor for strength and beauty; a testament of surrender. 

Linn immigrated to the United State in 1991 and became a citizen 15 years later. During the sessions Linn will share how her immgiration journey has influenced and informed her art practice bringing questions such as should where one is born in dictate access to immigration status to the forefront. Linn sees a distinct parallel between current immigration policies that punish people who are escaping violence to the treatment of the Jewish people who have survived the holcoast and the horror of concentration camps after WWII only to find themselves homeless and with no country willing to offer them refuge. It is Linn’s hope that by asking questions such as what responsibilities does the world community have to persons escaping violence? And by shedding a light on the trauma of the past we can create a better future.

To see more of Galia's work click HERE

 

Thursday April 8: Gallery 51 Featured Artist Series - Matt Manalo at 5 pm EST

Matt Manalo Headshot

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We want to highlight and showcase the talented artists in our community and across the globe. This week's Featured Artist, Matt Manalo, is an artist and community organizer. He was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and has called Houston, Texas home since 2004. He received his BFA in Painting at the University of Houston. He runs a community-based alternative art space called the Alief Art House and founded Filipinx Artists of Houston. Matt Manalo creates work which involves elements of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Being a first generation immigrant, Manalo discusses his experiences navigating around the physical and social structures of society while exploring social issues like erasure, colorism, and colonial mentality in his work. Click HERE to learn more about Matt's practice.

 

Monday April 12: Gallery 51 Featured Artist Series - Galia Linn at 12 pm EST

Galia Linn

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Should where one is born dictate access to immigration status? 

Galia Linn is a sculptor and site-responsive installation artist born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, living and working in Los Angeles, California. Linn constructs relationships between subject, object and their environments by creating elemental tensions; a delicate balance between the mediums’ limits and Linn’s exploration with life’s imperfections. Influenced by an early childhood in Israel, a land full of ancient and contemporary relics of past and present civilizations, Linn’s work absorbs both her physical body through the manipulation of the material and the emotional and historical resonance of the artists’ life. What appears fragile, in the end is rock strong, the cracks become symbolic; a window into the internal makeup of the vessels, a metaphor for strength and beauty; a testament of surrender. 

Linn immigrated to the United State in 1991 and became a citizen 15 years later. During the sessions Linn will share how her immgiration journey has influenced and informed her art practice bringing questions such as should where one is born in dictate access to immigration status to the forefront. Linn sees a distinct parallel between current immigration policies that punish people who are escaping violence to the treatment of the Jewish people who have survived the holcoast and the horror of concentration camps after WWII only to find themselves homeless and with no country willing to offer them refuge. It is Linn’s hope that by asking questions such as what responsibilities does the world community have to persons escaping violence? And by shedding a light on the trauma of the past we can create a better future.

To see more of Galia's work click HERE

 

Thursday April 22: Gallery 51 Featured Artist Series - Alan Nakagawa at 5 pm EST

Alan Nakagawa Headshot

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We want to highlight and showcase the talented artists in our community and across the globe. This week's Featured Artist, Alan Nakagawa, is an interdisciplinary artist primarily working with sound and occasionally incorporating video, sculpture, drawing, painting, performance, food and most recently perfumes. He has combined his passion for audio recording, visual arts, archiving, hidden cultural memory and the mechanism of listening; a robust and eclectic art career. Nakagawa has been the Artist in Resident for the Pasadena Buddhist Temple through Side Street Projects since 2019. Nakagawa was the first Creative Catalyst Artist in Resident for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation. He has presented his work at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, the Orange County Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is a recipient of two Art Matters grants, City of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship, California Community Foundation Mid-Career Artist Fellowship and a Monbusho Scholarship. He received a Masters of Fine Arts from University of California Irvine and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Otis/ Parsons School of Art and Design. To learn more about Alan's practice, click HERE.

 

Tuesday April 27: Hostile Terrain Border South Film Screening at 6pm EST

Border South - Teaser (Summer_2018) from Andar Films on Vimeo.

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To stem the immigration tide, Mexico and the U.S. collaborate to crack down on migrants, forcing them into ever more dangerous territory. 

Every year hundreds of thousands of migrants make their way along the trail running from southern Mexico to the US border. Gustavo’s gunshot wounds from Mexican police, which have achieved abundant press attention, might just earn him a ticket out of Nicaragua. Meanwhile anthropologist Jason painstakingly collects the trail’s remains, which have their own stories to tell. Fragmented stories from Hondurans crossing through southern Mexico assemble a vivid portrait of the thousands of immigrants who disappear along the trail. Border South reveals the immigrants’ resilience, ingenuity, and humor as it exposes a global migration system that renders human beings invisible in life as well as death.

 

Thursday April 29: Talk with Director Raúl Paz-Pastrana on Creating Border South at 6pm EST

Raul Paz-Pastrana

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Raúl Paz-Pastrana is a Mexican immigrant filmmaker, cinematographer, and multimedia creator. His work intersects contemporary art, political documentary, and visual ethnography to explore themes of “belonging” and “alienation” in immigrant communities. His films have screened worldwide, including at the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI) in New York City, at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK, and at DocsMX in Mexico City. He is a 2018 Princess Grace Awards Special Project Grantee, an Art Matters/Jerome Foundation Cassis France Arts Fellow, a Tribeca Film Institute All Access grant recipient, a 2018 IFP Filmmaker Labs fellow, a 2018-20 Firelight Media Documentary Lab Fellow, and a 2018-19 Ford Foundation, JustFilms grantee.