Coastal/Border is an exhibition of original site-responsive performance and installation work with corresponding public programming curated by Raquel Gutiérrez and Martabel Wasserman. Taking as its starting point the landscape and history of the area surrounding Angels Gate Cultural Center, six Southern California based artists will interrogate how the coast is fortified as border, and how in turn that impacts the Latino/Latina communities of Los Angeles and beyond. In asking artists to develop a performance or public programming component of their work, the curators seek to emphasize the ways in which historical connections between Los Angeles and Latin America are embodied in the present.
The exhibition will be open to the public September 16th and run through December 17th 2017. Angels Gate Cultural Center is a proud member of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (SB/LB HUB), a collective of local arts institutions partnering with the Getty for PST: LA/LA. Our opening reception on September 23rd and 24th will be a two-day celebration in collaboration with the South Bay / Long Beach PST LA/LA Hub, with free shuttles between participating institutions from 10am-5pm each day as well as performances and events on campus. Learn more about our partners and find information about upcoming HUB events our website: pstsouthbaylongbeachhub.org.
All events are free and open to the public
Aug 6th, 3:15 pm, Building H
The MOVEMENT movement Danz Workshop lead by Mecca Vazie Andrews is a two hour dance gathering Under the umbrella of PST 2017 Coastal/Border. We will move through concepts of migration and boundary using sound, meditation and various movement techniques.
The workshop is tailored to the individual and is defined by the participants as a whole.All are Welcome and Encouraged to participate in this journey.
The MOVEMENT movement Danz Workshop is limited to 22 people.
September 9, 6 pm White Point
From Sea to Shining Sea
At White Point Nature Preserve Jimena Sarno will create “from sea to shining sea” (FSTSS) is a site-specific live sound and choir performance. The project responds to San Pedro’s militarization process as a coastal city and the historical significance of the site. With a rich history of immigrant populations, San Pedro’s history also aligns with WWII notions of national security, as they still relate today to patriotism and xenophobia. The audience will surround the C3LA Choir performing the new composition, overlooking the Pacific Ocean at sunset on a central stage within a reinforced concrete casemate that once housed a long-range naval gun.
September 23 + 24th, South Bay / Long Beach Hub Opening Weekend
Shuttle Activation, On Going
Mecca Vazie Andrews will travel with the PST audience on the Shuttles to the various museum sites and coordinate and safely lead impromptu movement and sound experiences.
Environmental Justice Activation: On-going
Artist Edgar Fabian Frias will be joined by activist Demi Espinoza to discuss the impact of Port on communities in the Inland Empire.
October 7, 7 pm MG 2
Paul Pescador will present his film, Greetings Friends, followed by a Q+A
October 21: Gallery, Park, Artillery Theater
Port Capa Performance, 6:30 pm
Dany Naierman will present Port Capa. Port Capa is an exploration of the Port of Los Angeles and surrounding areas. This encounter comprises outdoor multimedia installations and a faux-tour that manifests a threshold between the visible and invisible; a zone where ships in the night, cranes in the distance, and hundreds of thousands of containers move in a symphony. Founded on a massive technological and human effort, Capa, Spanish for “layers,” results in an abstracted landscape guided by puppetry and kinetics. Follow @PORTCAPA on Instagram.
– CANCELLED – October 29, 11:30 am Building H
The MOVEMENT movement Danz Workshop.
November 4, 4 pm around Campus, and MG 1
At 4pm Jimena Sarno will present a choir performance by the C3LA Choir activating her “From Sea to Shining Sea” experience. Borrowing its title from the last line of the song “America the Beautiful”, the project utilizes the acoustic qualities of the site, ballistics data and weapon sounds as re-structuring parameters to deconstruct and rearrange the song for a choir performance. The reimagined musical score breaks down the phonemes and syllables of the lyrics in this iconic tune and expands them into 12 minutes of haunting mantra and firings of voices across the sonic field.
The performance will be followed by Mecca Vazie Andrews at approximately 5pm, where she will present the culmination of her MOVEMENT movement workshops with the debut of her new work “Fringes” involving the community.
December 10, Sunday at 1 PM – 3:30 PM
Coastal/Border: “Give US Home Spider” Screening + Lecture
Join artist Edgar Fabián Frías and environmental justice advocate & policy advisor Demi Espinoza as they discuss Give US Home Spider. A series of five ritual performances at sites chosen by Frías and Espinoza, the documentary gives viewers a glimpse into the process and participants of this expansive project. The screening will be followed by a lecture with time for questions and answers from the public.
December 17 FTZ Performance, 1 pm, Building H
Installation activation by Sebastian Hernandez
FTZ will critically engage the history of San Pedro as a main trading port on the west coast, its relationship to the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement and the widespread ramifications of global capital on the city of Los Angeles. He will ground the work with further material, sourcing from his personal lived experience as a queer brown body contending with notions of space, power, ephemerality and reclamation.