Rock the Garden: Sculpture on the Grounds Opening Celebration

Friday, July 20, 2012, 7PM - 10PM

VENUE: Great Lawn

"Asalto," by Daniel Canogar
"Edible Dress Tent" (2012) by Robin Lasser & Adrienne Pao
The Creekside Studio
Photo by Nathan Zanon
The Belvedere
Photo by Nathan Zanon
"Place," by Steven Simon
Photo by Nathan Zanon
Signs: Text Road Poem (The Divine Comedy), by Seyed Alavi
"Control Tower" (2011) by Cameron Hockenson


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NOTE: Free parking at this event is very limited.
PLEASE carpool if you can!

Join us for the opening celebration of the Sculpture on the Grounds 2012 exhibit Montalvo: Making Place Public

This multidisciplinary event will feature newly-commissioned installations and works on loan, a spectacular projection on the historic Villa by Spanish artist Daniel Canogar, live performance, and music and dancing on the Great Lawn!

Montalvo Members: Join us for an exclusive Closing Reception and Blow-Out Sale of Montalvo Historical Fabrications and Souvenirs (A Pop-up Shop) by The Marianas* (Michael Arcega and Stephanie Syjuco) in the Project Space Gallery from 6-7pm. This reception includes a Curator’s Tour of the Sculpture on the Grounds 2012 exhibition.

Montalvo: Making Place Public presents new commissions by local, national and international artists, as well as select works on loan. Through large-scale sculpture, performance and sound works, participating artists have transformed our habitual experiences of Montalvo’s familiar and overlooked spaces, positing instead alternative and unexpected modes of public engagement with the property. In response to the estate-as-place, artists have crafted works that explore Montalvo’s unique landscapes, broader geographical, social and cultural contexts, as well as its histories, present and possible futures.

  • Lucas Artists Residency Fellow Daniel Canogar premiers his interactive video projection Asalto Montalvo on the historic Villa. The video projection begins with a dance performance of "Breaking Surfaces" by Jeannine Charles/ArtistEDGE with dancers Zann Aeck, Virginia Bock, Jeannine Charles, and Barbara Susco. After the performance, the public will be invited to participate in Asalto Montalvo by appearing in front of a greenscreen and having their performance projected on the Villa (see the video to the right). NOTE: wear bright clothes (no green or black) if you want to participate.
  • Robin Lasser and Adrienne Pao's Edible Dress Tent will be fully installed below the West Lawn. This site-responsive sculpture blends fashion, architecture and performance art. Standing over 15ft tall, it incorporates edible flowers, herbs, and fruit-bearing plants.
  • Kianga Ford has created a site-specific audio experience with Mamoru Okuno entitled you are mountain. valley. sky that activates the newly-renovated Belvedere (near Parking Lot 3), and Montalvo’s hiking trails leading up to Lookout Point. To fully experience this project, download the audio tracks to your phone or MP3 player prior to the event.
  • Landscape architect Jeffrey Miller and visual artist Amy Trachtenberg present The Creekside Studio, a new outdoor environment designed for communal gathering, art making and engaging with nature. The space includes Counterpoint, an artwork by Trachtenberg that is integrated into the site. 
  • Steven Simon’s text-based sculpture benches, entitled PLACE, are also on view on Montalvo’s Great Lawn.
  • Geo Homsy will showcase Organograph, the winner of the San Jose Climate Clock Initiative. He will activate and discuss the sculpture during the evening.
  • Other works on the grounds include Cameron Hockenson's Control Tower; Seyed Alavi's 404: Text Road Poem (The Divine Comedy); and several permanent works. See the full list of current Sculpture on the Grounds here.

The evening will also include live music on the Great Lawn by San Francisco-based music group Tin Hat. Sample gourmet fare from food trucks and enjoy beer and wine available at no-host bars!  Food trucks include:

Photo Contest

Take photos at Rock the Garden and send them to us, and you could win a dinner with Lucas Artists Program Culinary Fellow Niki Ford and other artists-in-residence! To submit, email your photos to Interactive Media Manager Nathan Zanon, or through your social media channel of choice: 

First place prize will be two places at the nightly Lucus Artists Residency evening meal, in the company of Montalvo visual, musical, and literary fellows and prepared by 2012 Montalvo Culinary Fellow Niki Ford. For a full listing of terms and conditions for this photo contest, please visit

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