Hungry Ears: A Panel with Naomi Okuyama, April Banks, Sara Daleiden, and Elana Mann
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This event will examine ongoing art and equity issues in Santa Monica, a city rocked by recent protests. “Hungry ears” will consider a number of local projects including the Belmart History + Art public art project by April Banks, “Lives that Bind,” an exhibition at Santa Monica City Hall and the Art of Recovery initiatives, one of which will be taking place at 18th Street Art Center. The event considers how artists and arts administrators can be key community organizers in movements for social change.
Year of Wonders, redux, is an exhibition of sculptural folk instruments, video, and works on paper, all part of an ongoing series of sono-sculptures since 2014. As is common in Mann’s practice, and in the history of folk music, these works reflect the time period in which they are made. Year of Wonders, redux was born out of the nation’s unfolding political changes, passionate social movements, and the global coronavirus pandemic. They acknowledge the manifold obstacles to our ever-present desire as human beings to be together.
The sculpture works in the exhibition were first created and exhibited in the fall of 2020 at Artpace, San Antonio, TX. These pieces are intended for use in protest spaces, and although each instrument functions differently, they all prioritize a range of sounds and body types to amplify the human voice.
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