The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara will unveil two new art exhibits on January 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. in their Main Space in Paseo Nuevo, 653 Paseo Nuevo.
Rimini Protokoll is a Berlin-based artist collective that challenges viewers to delve deeper into topics surrounding local community and national identity. In the Bloom Projects gallery, the museum also presents Bean Gilsdorf in a solo exhibition. Gilsdorf’s exhibition is organized in collaboration with Art Practical as part of the Bloom Projects Exchange Series.
Rimini Protokoll is a collective comprised of three members: Kim Haug, Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel. MCASB is the first U.S. museum to organize an exhibition of the work of Rimini Protokoll. The museum has commissioned two adaptations of their participatory theater works. The first is 100% City, an immersive video installation that features videos from 23 performances that have taken place worldwide. The installation takes on topics of statistics, challenges traditional spatial, cultural and political divides. In the video, 100 everyday denizens of a particular city perform onstage, telling their stories and expressing their views on pertinent topics like warfare, migration, relationships and aging.
The second element of the exhibition is an off-site performance called Home Visit USA which lets the audience witness cultural exchanges with strangers in the unlikely, very intimate setting of a living room. Local community members will host gatherings of 15 people in their homes to foster this unique atmosphere for this exhibition.
Bean Gilsdorf is a celebrated artist and writer based out of San Francisco. Gilsdorf’s solo exhibition is in collaboration with Art Practical, an online art publication. This exhibition builds upon Gilsdorf’s recent work which centers itself around U.S. political figures with celebrity status, specifically those with a very Hollywood past. MCASB features textile wall pieces focused upon Ronald Reagan, the work shows the fusion of entertainment and politics through motifs of power and fame. Gilsdorf’s lens allows the viewer to examine popular images in our nation’s history through a critical lens. This exhibition is very fittingly part of the Bloom Project Exhibition gallery. This space is one that features experimental projects from emerging or under-recognized artists.
MCASB will feature these exhibitions from January 22 to April 30. Don’t miss the opportunity to view these artist’s challenging, forward-thinking art.
For more information, visit mcasantabarbara.org or call 805/966-5373.