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Sunday, May 31, 2020 - Tuesday, November 10, 2020

OPENING EVENT: Sunday, May 31, 2020, 1 p.m.

VENUE: Park Grounds

Sudnya Shroff, "A Common Thread" (2019)
Photo: Hetal Soni

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We commission artists to create new work for Montalvo’s 175-acre public park through our Art on the Grounds Program. Artists are invited to experiment with innovative models of art-making in the public sphere and consider novel ways of engaging with Montalvo’s varied grounds and publics. Works produced through the Art on the Grounds program range from sculptural objects to time-based performance events and experiences, durational projects developing out of community engagement activities and workshops, sound works, and interventions. Works on view engage and delight while also bringing community together in shared experiences and sparking important conversation about the critical issues of our time.

This spring, Montalvo will invite artists to respond to our programming theme SOCIAL: Rethinking Loneliness Together through the creation of three new works on our grounds. Each of these works will examine how we can imagine and create new social spaces that help us foster deeper and more lasting connections with one another.

Works on view will include Creando Easpacio/Place Making, a newly commissioned work by 2015 Lucas Artists Fellow Hector Dionicio Mendoza. This new site-specific installation will resemble a familiar site drawn from Mendoza’s childhood memory. It is designed as a community gathering space that will provide a platform for conversation and healing as participants explore the varied rituals practiced by peoples of Mexico, Central and South America as they prepare for the long and challenging migratory journey to the United States in search of better opportunities and to be reunited with loved ones.

Visitors are invited to a tranquil space, removed from the distractions of urban noise pollution, to meditate on the relationship between migration, community, place-making, family ritual, home and belonging.

Mendoza will activate Creando Espacio/Place Making with music, song, art-making, and conversation throughout the exhibition, exploring memory and ritual as a means to combat loneliness.

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