Learn about the Silk Road, artist commissions, and more...

Added THU, OCT 19TH 2017

Montalvo Arts Center Weekly Newsletter
The History & Significance of the Silk Road
Art of the Silk Road: Past and Present

On Wednesday, November 8 at 6pm, join Dr. Mariachiara Gasparini -- a noted cultural historian and scholar -- as she presents an engaging overview of the Art of the Silk Road: Past and Present.

The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that connected regions from the eastern shores of Asia to the Mediterranean Sea. For centuries, it served as a thoroughfare that linked China, Japan, India, the Middle East, the Roman Empire, and European kingdoms. A conduit of economic, religious, and artistic exchange, it was the route Marco Polo traveled to investigate the East. The Silk Road was also a fertile region of cultural output in its own right, where great trading cities blossomed and different ethnic groups lived side by side in relative harmony.

Today, what was once the Silk Road is territory belonging to various nation states. Some sections run through war zones and are subject to acts of cultural “inappropriation” on the part of the West -- including looting, misguided restoration, and removal of objects to foreign museums. They are also vulnerable to destruction by militant forces, who demolish these sites as a form of cultural terrorism.

Dr. Gasparini will be your guide, helping you navigate this fascinating terrain with a multimedia presentation, including newspapers, videos, texts, and cultural artifacts to study. Click the button below to get your tickets or call our Box Office at 408-961-5858, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm.


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Open Access: Into the Woods
Commissioning Artists in the Forest


How does an artist develop the seed of an idea into a new work? On Friday, November 17 at 7pm, join Lucas Artists Fellows Maximo Gonzalez and Howard Hersh for Open Access: Into the Woods -- Commissioning Artists in a Forest. as they discuss works they are developing for -- and inspired by -- Montalvo’s forest. These projects, which are in different stages of development, reflect on our shared understanding of the psychological and environmental significance of our woodlands. 

Maximo Gonzalez’s new work-in-process The Collector is an ambitious large-scale sculptural installation combining paintings, video work, and storytelling in an examination of our fraught relationship to our natural environment. Gonzalez will discuss his process for developing the character of "the collector," and his uneasy sense that we are slipping into a new and uncertain era of environmental jeopardy.

Premiering in April 2018, Howard Hersh’s Four Bridges is a new composition designed to be experienced by visitors as they follow a designated hiking trail. The work features instrumental music, a children’s choir, poetry, and more. Envisioned as a modern fairy tale, Four Bridges draws upon the voices of our collective past to explore the mythological and psychological role of the forest. 

Lucas Artists Fellow Ghayath Almadhoun, a Palestinian-born poet, will also present his work. Click below to get your tickets, or call our Box Office at 408-961-5858, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm.

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Last Chance Tickets:
Intaglio & Louis Prima, Jr.
Intaglio Etching & Louis Prima, Jr.

It's your last chance to join us for two completely different -- but completely awesome -- evenings at Montalvo next week: an art class that will inspire your creative spirit, and a concert that will inspire you to dance! To get tickets to these events, click the buttons below or call our Box Office at 408-961-5858, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm.

First, want to learn a new technique for making beautiful, artistic prints? Join us on Tuesday, October 24 from 6-8pm for Intaglio Etching, a printmaking class designed for all skill levels.

In intaglio, an image is etched directly into the printing surface before being transferred onto paper. By experimenting with this method, you'll learn to create a range of textures and gradients, resulting in detailed and stylish compositions. No experience is necessary for this class, and your registration fee includes all supplies -- so just show up, have fun, and come away with some of your own original works of art!

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Next, break out your dancing shoes and get ready for a wild night as we host the "new crown prince of swing," Louis Prima, Jr. & The Witnesses on Thursday, October 26 at 7:30pm in our intimate Carriage House Theatre.

Prima's father, Louis Prima, Sr., was known for his swinging, chart-topping tunes back in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. His son has taken up that same mantle -- performing his dad's hits as well as his own upbeat originals with a modern style filled with so much energy that won't be able to help but get out of your seat and dance in the aisles! 

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Upcoming Events at a Glance:

Tue, Oct. 24, 6pm: Printmaking Series: Intaglio Etching
Wed, Oct. 25, 4pm:
Integrated Learning Habits of Mind LIMITED AVAILABILITY!  
Thu, Oct. 26, 7:30pm: 
Louis Prima, Jr. & The Witnesses  
Mon, Oct. 30, 4pm: 
Sun, Nov. 5, 3pm: 
St Michael Trio: Romanticism in Music LIMITED AVAILABILITY! 
Tue, Nov. 7, 9:30 & 11:30am: 
Coyotes & Rabbits SOLD OUT! 
Wed, Nov. 8, 6pm:
Lecture Series: Art of the Silk Road -- Past & Present 
Thu, Nov. 9, 7:30pm: 
Sarah Scoles & Jill Tarter 
Fri, Nov. 10, 8pm: 
David Benoit Trio 
By Appointment:
 Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours

Photo Credits: NZ / Women's Studio Workshop / Shane O'Neal

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