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Experiments in Sonic Potential: animals & giraffes

Thursday, Sept 19, 2019 | 7:30pm

ADMISSION: Free in conjunction with Culture for Community

Musicians from the Bay Area’s rich improvisational jazz scene perform live music in conversation with Annabeth Rosen’s ceramic sculptures. Experiments in Sonic Potential was developed in partnership with the Center for New Music.

About the Musicians
Musician Kyle Bruchmann looks off to the left and holds his oboe
Animals and Giraffes

Phillip Greenlief and Claudia la Rocco met during an artist residency at Headlands Center for the Arts in 2013. Greenlief asked la Rocco to provide text for his map score QUARTET, and the work was performed at the Center for New Music on their Best Coast Composers series. This initial collaboration inspired them to form the project animals & giraffes, an ever-changing ensemble exploring improvisation with artists from different disciplines. Animals & giraffes was ensemble in residence at the Center for New Music (San Francisco) from October 2017–October 2018, where they performed two interdisciplinary concerts and engaged in monthly "improv happy hour" sessions with various Bay Area improvisers from music, dance, literature, and the visual arts. Animals & giraffes have performed in Los Angeles at Pieter, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Lab (SF), the Outsound New Music Summit, and Reed College (Portland). They have produced two CDs—JULY, released on the Edgetone records label and LANDLOCKED BEACH on creative sources (Portugal).

Claudia La Rocco is the author of the selected writings The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited) and the chapbook I am trying to do the assignment ([2nd Floor Projects]). Her San Fracisco novels petit cadeau and Interstitial were published in print, performance, and digital editions by The Chocolate Factory and Michelle Ellsworth’s Man Pant Publishing. La Rocco has writing in numerous anthologies and publications, including Artforum, I Like Softness (Ugly Duckling Presse), and The New York Times, where she was a critic and reporter from 2005–2015. She has received grants and residencies from such organizations as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation, and Headlands Center for the Arts, and her work has been presented by The Walker Art Center, The Kitchen, The Whitney Museum of American Art, et al. She is editor in chief of SFMOMA’s interdisciplinary commissioning platform Open Space

about the exhibition

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped is the first major survey of Annabeth Rosen (b. 1957 Brooklyn, NY), Robert Arneson Chair at UC Davis, and 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.

For over two decades, Rosen has interrogated the medium of ceramics in the context of contemporary art. Featuring ceramics and works on paper from over twenty years, this groundbreaking exhibition examines how Rosen’s work radically defies the limits of her primary medium, pushing it beyond spectacle and into conversations about contemporary painting, feminist theory, endurance-based performance, and conceptual art.

Sculpture composed of many colorful fragments of ceramics, bound together.

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped (installation view), at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 2017. Photo by Annabeth Rosen. Courtesy the artist.

ACCESSIBILITY

The CJM strives for a welcoming environment for all of our visitors. In addition to ample space for wheelchairs and a friendly environment for service animals, sign language interpretation (ASL) can be scheduled for all programs with at least two weeks notice.

FM assistive listening devices (ALDs) for sound enhancement are available for all talks and tours. Please note that we would like to maintain this as a scent-free environment, and encourage visitors to refrain from using scented products out of respect for visitors with allergies or chemical sensitivities. For additional accommodation requests, please contact The CJM’s Access and Community Engagement Manager at access@thecjm.org or 415-655-7856.

ABOUT CULTURE FOR COMMUNITY

Culture for Community is a unique group of Yerba Buena district institutions who have joined together to open their doors for free on September 19, 2019, and to feature programs focused on an issue of special importance to the Bay Area community. All are invited to participate in a full day of special events, activities, and museum and gallery hopping in the Yerba Buena Neighborhood.

supporters

Public Programs at The CJM are made possible thanks to generous support from Grants for the Arts and the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.