If you happen to be traveling through John Wayne Airport over the next few months please take a look at the show I curated titled Hidden Treasures: Art from the Permanent Collections of Orange County Colleges and Universities. The Daily Pilot wrote about the show and included some images of works that were included.
Wanted to let you know about a project that you might find interesting that combines two of my passions, art & narrative therapy..
I will be participating in a 2 day event as part of Mexico City based artist's Pedro Reyes exhibition titled The People's United Nations at the Hammer Museum. Throughout the two days I will be doing "Foreign Affairs Therapy," which invites two delegates representing nations that share historical connections yet have spent much of their past in the turmoil of conflict, to join in a kind of couples therapy trying to work together to improve communication, understanding, and looking for ways to rebuild and strengthen partnership.
pUN is an exhibition as well as a two-day gathering on May 2nd and 3rd, that brings together everyday citizens connected by birth or family ties to the 195 member and observer nations of the UN. Reyes’s hypothesis is that conflict-resolution techniques used in social psychology, theater, and art can help solve the world’s most challenging problems, from climate change, to fair wages for women, to food shortages.
Throughout the weekend the public will be able to participate in tours that will leave on the hour and will be able to observe the sessions. For more info please click on the exhibition link.
The inevitable backlash against the "story-teller" movement is here. In this vid designer Stefan Sagmeister, creator of the firm Sagmeister & Walsh, talks about the transformation of the term storyteller in to a meaningless buzzword. “Story-teller” has been swept in to the lexicon of trendy art-speak, which bears many similarities to corporate jargon, in that it is a way to say something that sounds good without having to think too critically about it. (via Carolina A. Miranda) Some swearing. You are warned.
“You see, that’s why I really work like a dog, and I
worked like a dog all my life. I am not interested in the academic
status of what I am doing because my problem is my own transformation …
This transformation of one’s self by one’s own knowledge is, I think,
something rather close to the aesthetic experience. Why should a painter
work if he is not transformed by his own painting?”