Beyond the Pale
NATIVE SEEDS QUEST
Wednesday, March 13, 4 - 5:30 pm
Walk into a world of native California flora and seeds with Olivia Chumacero & Sarita Dougherty. Engage actively through sound, smell, touch and sight.
Every native California seed holds the potentiality of a quest and we invite you to immerse in traditional ways of gratitude and reciprocity.
ELLEN FORNEY WORKSHOP
Wednesday March 20, 3-5pm
Cartoonist Ellen Forney – author of bestselling graphic memoir, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me and Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice From My Bipolar Life – will join us for a day at Cypress College on 03-20-19, culminating with a workshop in the Art Gallery:
10:00am–noon: Talk & Book Signing @ CC Theatre
3:00pm–5:00pm: Workshop @ CC Art Gallery
The workshop will start with a short introduction on the ways in which words and pictures combine to create the language of comics. As it proceeds, participants will create a short comic of their own to take away.
HELEN LESSICK & THE CYPRESS COLLEGE DANCE ENSEMBLE:
THE SWEEPER DANCE
Thursday, March 21 (Spring Equinox), noon
Sculpture with ceiling-mounted motors and altered commercial brooms. Engineering by Dave DeWitt
10’8” x 8’10” x 8’10.” moving parts
Helen Lessick and the Cypress College Dance Ensemble, led by Maha Afra, collaborate on a site-specific movement performance that responds to Lessick's kinetic broom sculpture (above) and Somnium (“Dream”), a 1608 text by astronomer Johannes Kepler.
THE REBEL BODY
Friday, March 22, 10-noon
Johanna Breiding & Shoghig Halajian
The Rebel Body (Still), 2017
20" x 30"
Explore ongoing strategies of political persecution with artists Johanna Breiding & Shoghig Halajian as they discuss the story and the memory of Anna Göldi, a Swiss woman who was victim to the 16th century European witch-hunts.
Tuesday, March 26, 11.20 am-12.45 pm
Wednesday, March 27, 2-3 pm
Within realities of the impossible, the unknown, and the unimaginable, Jennifer Moon is an android-like humanoid creature from the quantum realms of dark matter and dark energy, who is committed to understanding human emotions and creating alternatives to the predetermined outcomes of art and of life.
Drawing from the extremely personal, blending a mix of queer life, science, self-help, popular culture, and fantasy, Moon presents possibilities of futures and ways of being beyond binaries, hierarchies, and capital that keep us locked in a 5% universe.
“SPELLBOUND” and the VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF WITCHES
Thursday, April 4, 2.30-3.30pm
Francisco de Goya: Young Witch Flying with a Rope
1824-28, 191 x 155 mm, Black crayon on paper
Following her recent visit to Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft at Oxford's Ashmolean museum, Professor Kathryn Sonne will discuss the exhibition and consider how witches have been viewed and visualized.
Tuesday, April 9, 10.45am-noon
An auspicious omen occurred in 2005 when I observed a flock of birds circling in the sky above the ruins of ancient temples in the center of Rome, Italy. As a result, I not only began to investigate the historical developments of Roman temples but also initiated a daily ritual of folding paper squares into the shape of birds.
My contemplative practice has since evolved into structures built from the bird forms that demarcate sacred spaces. Each paper temple construction draws upon multiple planes of reference that include personal narratives, architectural geometries, metaphoric meanings, Roman mythologies and Latin etymologies.
The word contemplate (to gaze, reflect and consider) is based on templum (the Latin origin of temple), which means to mark out a sacred place for observation. Ancient augurs (a college of Roman priests) would consecrate a templum in a rectangular area of land and sky to observe the flight of birds and interpret auspicious omens.
Temple of Contemplation, Louis Pesce’s installation for Beyond the Pale is intended to allow one person at a time inside the structure so the viewer may make his or her own observations and interpretations as the Roman augurs once did in antiquity.