Presented by the City of Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Division, Art @ Tongva is an experimental art program in Tongva Park that highlights Tongva’s unusual geography of gardens, winding paths, and urban vistas, reimagining the small, exquisite spaces of the park designed by James Corner Field Operations. Intimate and informal, the Art @ Tongva program brings together multidisciplinary artists including contemporary dance, visual and performing art, and music. Produced and co-curated by Dyson & Womack in 2017, we will continue to produce and fully curate the 2018 and 2019 seasons of Art @ Tongva.
The 4th season of Art @ Tongva included three programs.
The Wonder Room featured new work by acclaimed L.A. choreographer Sarah Elgart and her company, Arrogant Elbow, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Rosalie Rodriguez and friends performing rarely heard Peruvian boleros, noted light artist and TED Fellow Christine Marie’s interactive, 3D/stereoscopic light spectacles, visual artist Deborah Aschheim and spoken word artist Maceo Paisley.
Great Explorations was a family friendly event featuring a new workshop in radical map making by artist Michael Parker, music and stories of love, truth, and resistance with vocalist and Tovangar California native Kelly Carabello and the 7th Generation band. Visual artist Nick Rodrigues participatory kinetic sculptures, Terry Goedel and Tara Goedel Kingi, performed and lead workshops in Native American hoop dancing, and upcycling guru’s reDiscover led an interactive wood workshop.
The 2017 program concluded with new dance work by Mecca Vazie Andrews performed by Andrews and The MOVEMENT movement. The mesmeric and participatory performance choreographed stunning visuals, quiet activations, and musical explorations throughout the park.
April 05, 2017