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IN CONVERSATION: CELLIST, ERIC MOORE OF NEW MUSIC DECANTED AND INDIE ROCKER, PETE DAVIES OF THE BAND KOWA, DISCUSS ALAN SHEPP'S ORFEO

In Conversation: Artist Jim Drain and Gallerist Nina Johnson on Membrane

Jim Drain Maharam Article

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Arleene Correa Valencia Quarantined Artist Lecture with Sonoma State University

Sonoma State University

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Earth

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Entry Portal

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Charles Ginnever

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First Winery

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Viola Frey

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Carneros Sheep

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Samuel Yates

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Manuel Neri

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Robert Hudson

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di Rosa WPA Project

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Alan Shepp

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Making Art / Haciendo Arte

Inspiring Art activities for all ages / Actividades de Arte inspiradoras para todas las edades.

Poetry Books / Libro de Poesia

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Rashomon Sculptures / Escluturas Rashomon

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Cactus Garden / Jardín de cactus

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Sheep Masks / Mascaras de oveja

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Rock Sculptures / Esculturas de roca

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The Boys & Girls Clubs Paper Bag Project

di Rosa’s education & civic engagement team has found a new way to support creativity at home with the BGCNV.

Each week di Rosa produces a take-home bilingual handout that is included in the Grab and Go meal service distributed to youth at the BGCNV Clubhouses, using the included paper lunch bags as a medium to explore.

BGCNV is currently serving lunches to about 300 children from their sites, which means a lot of paper bag projects!

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American Flag Interpretation

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Birthday Quipu / Quipu De Cumpleaños

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Fossil Imprints / Impresiones Fósiles

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Harry Potter Wands / Varita Magica Inspirada En Harry Potter

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Movement Bands / bandas de movimiento

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Paper Wind Chime / Campana de Viento de Papel

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Paper Bag Fruit Basket / Bolsa de Papel Cesta de Frutas

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Paper Airplanes / Aviones de Papel

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Nature Notebook / Cuaderno de Dibujos

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Chewbacca Paper Bag Puppet / Marioneta de bolsa de papel de Chewbacca

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Conversation Pieces Opening Reception

Gallery 1

di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art presents

𝘾𝙤𝙣𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙋𝙞𝙚𝙘𝙚𝙨

Davina Semo: Core Reflections
Gallery 1 | January 29–June 28, 2020

Jim Drain: Membrane
Gallery 1 | February 19–December 27, 2020

Join us as we celebrate the launch of two new exhibitions:

Davina Semo: 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 highlights a new body of work by the San Francisco–based artist that considers the unique setting of Gallery 1 in relation to the landscape. Combining industrial materials and natural forms, it underscores the precarious state of the environment and offers a contemplative space for self-reflection.

Jim Drain: 𝘔𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘦 is the Providence-based artist’s first solo commission in Northern California. This fully interactive yearlong installation connects visitors with a lineage of countercultural dreamers who deployed craft and handwork to build a more democratic and inclusive world.

𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘗𝘪𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘴 showcases newly commissioned works by emerging and mid-career artists who spark dialogue with the artistic legacy of Northern California. This series continues di Rosa’s ongoing interest in supporting the production of new work, and is notable for expanding the organization’s programmatic scope to include artists working both in and outside of the Bay Area.

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For more information, contact visit@dirosaart.org or 707.226.5991 x25

NOTE: Beginning January 29, enjoy free visit early access to di Rosa’s Gallery 1 and view Davina Semo’s completed installation, 𝘊𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘙𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 as well as a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse of the Jim Drain’s new immersive program hub mid-installation, in anticipation of the opening reception for Conversation Pieces in Gallery 1, scheduled for Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Sunday, February 23, access to the Courtyard and Sculpture Meadow begins. After a visit to Gallery 1, accompany one of our informative docents to the upper grounds for even more inspiration. (read more about 2020 tours & access)

In Conversation: Davina Semo & Guest Curator Amy Owen

12 - 1 PM | MSP Adjacent

Presented in coordination with Minnesota Street Project Adjacent, San Francisco-based artist Davina Semo joins guest curator Amy Owen for an expansive conversation about her practice and latest body of work, Core Reflections, which was on view at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in Napa until shelter-in-place orders took effect earlier this spring. Semo's work spans two-and three dimensions to explore tensions between nature, society, and the self. Their discussion will explore the origins of Semo's commission and its growing relevance during this unprecedented moment of physical isolation and civil unrest. 

Davina Semo (b. 1981, Washington, DC) earned her BA at Brown University in 2003 and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 2006. Semo has shown extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including solo exhibitions at Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco) and Marlborough Chelsea (New York). Group exhibitions include Hair and Skin at Derek Eller Gallery (New York), TOUCHPIECE at Hannah Hoffman Gallery (Los Angeles) and Show Me as I Want to Be Seen at The Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco). Davina Semo lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Semo is represented by Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco), Marlborough Gallery (New York), and Ribordy Thetaz (Geneva).

 

Messenger, 2019, polished and painted cast bronze bell, whipped nylon line, wooden clapper, powder-coated chain, hardware bell: 32 inches tall x 13 inches diameter, overall dimensions variable Photo: John Wilson White Image courtesy of Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, and the artist.

Messenger 2019 polished and patinated cast bronze bell, whipped nylon line, wooden clapper, powder-coated chain, hardware bell: 32 inches tall x 13 inches diameter, overall dimensions variable Photo: John Wilson White Image courtesy of Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, and the artist.

Akea Brown
Oxbow School Visiting Artist Lecture Series, co-presented with di Rosa

CIA Copia Auditorium, Napa

di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to co-present Oxbow School’s lively Artist Lecture Series. On five evenings each semester, Oxbow and local communities gather to hear working artists talk about their creative process and listen to their views on what art is, what art means, and how artists think. These lectures are free and open to the public and have included such artists as Roy De Forest, Wayne Thiebaud, Squeak Carnwath, William Wiley, Inez Storer, and Deborah Oropallo.

Akea Brionne Brown is a photographer, writer, curator, and researcher whose personal work investigates the implications of historical racial and social structures in relation to the development of contemporary black life and identity within America. With a particular focus on the ways in which history influences the contemporary cultural milieu of the American black middle class, she explores current political and social themes, as they relate to historical forms of oppression, discrimination, and segregation in American history.

Free lecture takes place in the CIA Copia auditorium from 7 – 8:30 pm.

Artist Biography: Akea Brionne has received the Visual Task Force Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. Her work is also featured in the Smithsonian’s Ralph Rinzler Collection and Archives, and was recently acquired by the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art Collection. She was announced the 2018 Winner for Duke University’s Center for Documentary Arts Collection Award, as the 2018 Documentarian of Color. Her series, Black Picket Fences, was acquired for their permanent collection, and is on preserve at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. She was nominated for PDN’s 30 (Photo District News) 2018: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch. Brown was recently named the 2019 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Winner, juried by Laylah Ali, William Powhida, and Regina Basha.

Akea received her BFA (2018) from the Maryland Institute College of Art, in the dual degree program of Photography and Humanities. She is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and is currently based in Baltimore, Maryland.

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In Conversation: Jim Drain and Josh Faught

Online

Jim Drain is joined in conversation by San Francisco-based artist Josh Faught. The two will discuss their enduring interest in fiber arts and their own distinct yet related approaches to the medium which blend abstract forms with an activist sensibility. The history and influence of Northern California countercultural makers and the social and cultural connotations of craft will inform this interregional discussion all within the context of Drain's newly commissioned work Membrane.

About the Artist

Jim Drain (b. 1975 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a multi-media artist based in Providence, Rhode Island and holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. His work with Forcefield was active from 1996 to 2002 and was part of the Whitney Biennial in 2002. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions including University of Florida, Gainesville; Locust Projects in Miami, Florida; Blanton Museum at the University of Texas, Austin; John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; The Garage in Moscow, Russia; The Pit in Los Angeles, California; Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York City; Nina Johnson in Miami, Florida, and Parker Gallery in Los Angeles, Califonia. Drain’s work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of Art; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Museum of Modern Art; The Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

Photography by Israel Valencia/Infinity Visual

Jim Drain: Membrane

Gallery 1


EXHIBITION BROCHURE

Jim Drain: Membrane

Jim Drain, Membrane, 2020, photo by Karen Philippi 

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 22, 2020

Jim Drain’s long-term installation Membrane marks one of two inaugural projects in di Rosa’s Conversation Pieces series and the artist’s first solo commission in Northern California. Drain was a member of Forcefield, a seminal Providence, Rhode Island-based collective active from 1996-2002 that explored the merging of music, performance, film, and installation into one platform. His subsequent independent works, which range from rambunctious two-and-three-dimensional textile collages made from reclaimed fabrics to large-scale immersive public art projects that include vibrant murals, sculptures, and furniture, conjure the sensibilities of core collection artists like Franklin Williams, Roy de Forest, and Joan Brown. Drain’s collective and interdisciplinary background coupled with his intuitive, irreverent blend of assemblage, craft, and form, draw from and resonate with the distinctive spirit of the Bay Area and its artistic legacy. 

The region’s hallmarks of collaboration and community share affinities with Drain’s approach to this mutable Gallery 1 installation built to serve as a long term multi-use space for a range of activities and events, including artist talks, lectures, symposia, and performances, as well as an area for lounging, reading, and daydreaming amidst di Rosa’s idyllic landscape. Taking a decidedly design-based craft-centered approach, Drain’s project riffs off of Northern California countercultural utopian design themes encompassing a mix of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes, macramé textiles, and colorful tie-dyed motifs and draws from the rich history of craft and handwork centered in the Bay Area in the 1960’s and 70’s. 

For Membrane, Drain’s signature mode of assemblage, which uses large welded steel frames to tether rag rug-like braided and ribboned fabrics, will be adapted to a suite of functional seating objects that take the metal frames of vintage aluminum lounge chairs and large geodesic half domes as their point of departure. The webbing for each piece (made collaboratively with assistants in Providence) will be comprised of vibrant hand-knotted macramé designs drawn from styles used in the work of Alexandra Jacopetti Hart’s Macrame Park (once installed outdoors in Bolinas, CA) and the work of Barbara Shawcroft (such as Legs, a large-scale public art sculpture once sited on the eastern end of the Embarcadero BART/Muni station.) This functional furniture system will be bathed in a reflective pink glow cast from the above skylights and paired with mobile iridescent screens that allow viewers to create their own spaces. 

Membrane, as term and title, refers to the knotting and weaving techniques used in many of the works as well as the permeability of the objects placed within the space itself. Drain’s operative and immersive installation will create an organic, dreamlike experience that responds to the surrounding architecture and natural landscape of the gallery while building on the artist’s interests in developing generative utopian frameworks. Made for and completed by the viewer, Membrane offers a pliable, reflective space for dialogue and respite and locates something brighter and more inclusive in mounting dystopic times.

About the Artist

Jim Drain (b. 1975 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a multi-media artist based in Providence, Rhode Island and holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. His work with Forcefield was active from 1996 to 2002 and was part of the Whitney Biennial in 2002. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions including University of Florida, Gainesville; Locust Projects in Miami, Florida; Blanton Museum at the University of Texas, Austin; John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; The Garage in Moscow, Russia; The Pit in Los Angeles, California; Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York City; Nina Johnson in Miami, Florida, and Parker Gallery in Los Angeles, Califonia. Drain’s work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of Art; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Museum of Modern Art; The Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Davina Semo: Core Reflections

Gallery 1

EXHIBITION BROCHURE

Davina Semo MessengerDavina Semo, Messenger, 2019, polished and patinated cast bronze bell, whipped nylon line, wooden clapper, powder-coated chain, hardware, bell: 32 inches tall x 13 inches diameter, overall dimensions variable. Photo: John Wilson White. Image courtesy of Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, and the artist.

 

Generator, 2019 | Polished and patinated cast bronze bell, powder-coated chain and hardware, polyurethane clapper bell: 34.5 inches tall x 13 inches diameter, overall dimensions variable | Video, Hugo Corro

 

Transmitter, 2019 | Polished and patinated cast bronze bell, powder-coated chain and hardware, polyurethane clapper bell: 22 inches tall x 9.5 inches diameter, overall dimensions variable | Video, Hugo Corro

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 22, 2020


Davina Semo’s exhibition Core Reflections marks one of two inaugural projects in di Rosa’s Conversation Pieces series. The San Francisco-based artist works across two and three dimensions, often utilizing industrial materials that examine tensions between nature, society and the self. Her project for di Rosa considers the unique setting of Gallery 1 in relation to the landscape as well as its siting as a point of public assembly. Semo’s past works have looked to the urban environment for inspiration, much like key Beat era funk artists such as Bruce Conner, Wally Hedrick, George Herms, and Jay DeFeo, among others, that found potential in the overlooked, abject materials of the everyday, and defined the rise of Northern California assemblage in sculpture and collage of the 1950s and 1960s. 

Semo’s commission for di Rosa inverts this lens by drawing on the surrounding industrial architecture of the gallery space amidst the expansiveness of the natural Northern California terrain just outside. Building on her more recent series of wall based works and suspended wax cast bronze bells that both invite and implicate the viewer through their highly polished reflective surfaces, Semo’s commission highlights the porous confines of di Rosa’s glass encased exhibition space, offering up a moment for viewers to examine themselves within the uncertainty of exterior forces. 

Recent travels to Greece have inspired the artist’s emphasis on the Gallery 1 platform as an entry point for the viewer, conjuring the concept of the ancient agora, or an open public gathering space. Within this, we encounter a number of Semo’s substantial bells which hang by a variety of industrial grade chains, inviting viewers to walk around their forms and engage in their utility as instruments for expressing a call to attention. Two sets of wall-based works surround the gallery space: one continuing the artist’s explorations of warped, luminous surfaces that recall domestic mirrors, and in turn, our own visages; and the other, an entirely new exploration of acrylic and woven metal mesh substrates tethered with 3D printed casts of the sensuous skyfruit mahogany seed pod.

Taken as a whole, Semo’s assembly of works for di Rosa creates a subtle yet ecstatic mode of corporeal engagement by prompting a reevaluation of our contemporary mindset ruled by anxieties and unease. Core Reflections invites sustained moments of introspection and contemplation within the permeable precipice of built and organic space. 

About the Artist

Davina Semo (b. 1981, Washington, DC) earned her BA at Brown University in 2003 and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 2006. Semo has shown extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including solo exhibitions at Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco) and Marlborough Chelsea (New York). Group exhibitions include Hair and Skin at Derek Eller Gallery (New York), TOUCHPIECE at Hannah Hoffman Gallery (Los Angeles) and Show Me as I Want to Be Seen at The Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco). Davina Semo lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Semo is represented by Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco), Marlborough Gallery (New York), and Ribordy Thetaz (Geneva).

Davina Semo: Core Reflections OLD

Gallery 1

EXHIBITION BROCHURE

Davina Semo MessengerDavina Semo, Messenger, 2019, polished and patinated cast bronze bell, whipped nylon line, wooden clapper, powder-coated chain, hardware, bell: 32 inches tall x 13 inches diameter, overall dimensions variable. Photo: John Wilson White. Image courtesy of Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, and the artist.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 22, 2020


Davina Semo’s exhibition Core Reflections marks one of two inaugural projects in di Rosa’s Conversation Pieces series. The San Francisco-based artist works across two and three dimensions, often utilizing industrial materials that examine tensions between nature, society and the self. Her project for di Rosa considers the unique setting of Gallery 1 in relation to the landscape as well as its siting as a point of public assembly. Semo’s past works have looked to the urban environment for inspiration, much like key Beat era funk artists such as Bruce Conner, Wally Hedrick, George Herms, and Jay DeFeo, among others, that found potential in the overlooked, abject materials of the everyday, and defined the rise of Northern California assemblage in sculpture and collage of the 1950s and 1960s. 

Semo’s commission for di Rosa inverts this lens by drawing on the surrounding industrial architecture of the gallery space amidst the expansiveness of the natural Northern California terrain just outside. Building on her more recent series of wall based works and suspended wax cast bronze bells that both invite and implicate the viewer through their highly polished reflective surfaces, Semo’s commission highlights the porous confines of di Rosa’s glass encased exhibition space, offering up a moment for viewers to examine themselves within the uncertainty of exterior forces. 

Recent travels to Greece have inspired the artist’s emphasis on the Gallery 1 platform as an entry point for the viewer, conjuring the concept of the ancient agora, or an open public gathering space. Within this, we encounter a number of Semo’s substantial bells which hang by a variety of industrial grade chains, inviting viewers to walk around their forms and engage in their utility as instruments for expressing a call to attention. Two sets of wall-based works surround the gallery space: one continuing the artist’s explorations of warped, luminous surfaces that recall domestic mirrors, and in turn, our own visages; and the other, an entirely new exploration of acrylic and woven metal mesh substrates tethered with 3D printed casts of the sensuous skyfruit mahogany seed pod.

Taken as a whole, Semo’s assembly of works for di Rosa creates a subtle yet ecstatic mode of corporeal engagement by prompting a reevaluation of our contemporary mindset ruled by anxieties and unease. Core Reflections invites sustained moments of introspection and contemplation within the permeable precipice of built and organic space. 

About the Artist

Davina Semo (b. 1981, Washington, DC) earned her BA at Brown University in 2003 and her MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 2006. Semo has shown extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including solo exhibitions at Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco) and Marlborough Chelsea (New York). Group exhibitions include Hair and Skin at Derek Eller Gallery (New York), TOUCHPIECE at Hannah Hoffman Gallery (Los Angeles) and Show Me as I Want to Be Seen at The Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco). Davina Semo lives and works in San Francisco, CA. Semo is represented by Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco), Marlborough Gallery (New York), and Ribordy Thetaz (Geneva).

Jim Drain: Membrane

Gallery 1
Membrane Jim Drain

Jim Drain, Membrane, 2020, photo by Karen Philippi 

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 22, 2020

Jim Drain’s long-term installation Membrane marks one of two inaugural projects in di Rosa’s Conversation Pieces series and the artist’s first solo commission in Northern California. Drain was a member of Forcefield, a seminal Providence, Rhode Island-based collective active from 1996-2002 that explored the merging of music, performance, film, and installation into one platform. His subsequent independent works, which range from rambunctious two-and-three-dimensional textile collages made from reclaimed fabrics to large-scale immersive public art projects that include vibrant murals, sculptures, and furniture, conjure the sensibilities of core collection artists like Franklin Williams, Roy de Forest, and Joan Brown. Drain’s collective and interdisciplinary background coupled with his intuitive, irreverent blend of assemblage, craft, and form, draw from and resonate with the distinctive spirit of the Bay Area and its artistic legacy. 

The region’s hallmarks of collaboration and community share affinities with Drain’s approach to this mutable Gallery 1 installation built to serve as a long term multi-use space for a range of activities and events, including artist talks, lectures, symposia, and performances, as well as an area for lounging, reading, and daydreaming amidst di Rosa’s idyllic landscape. Taking a decidedly design-based craft-centered approach, Drain’s project riffs off of Northern California countercultural utopian design themes encompassing a mix of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes, macramé textiles, and colorful tie-dyed motifs and draws from the rich history of craft and handwork centered in the Bay Area in the 1960’s and 70’s. 

For Membrane, Drain’s signature mode of assemblage, which uses large welded steel frames to tether rag rug-like braided and ribboned fabrics, will be adapted to a suite of functional seating objects that take the metal frames of vintage aluminum lounge chairs and large geodesic half domes as their point of departure. The webbing for each piece (made collaboratively with assistants in Providence) will be comprised of vibrant hand-knotted macramé designs drawn from styles used in the work of Alexandra Jacopetti Hart’s Macrame Park (once installed outdoors in Bolinas, CA) and the work of Barbara Shawcroft (such as Legs, a large-scale public art sculpture once sited on the eastern end of the Embarcadero BART/Muni station.) This functional furniture system will be bathed in a reflective pink glow cast from the above skylights and paired with mobile iridescent screens that allow viewers to create their own spaces. 

Membrane, as term and title, refers to the knotting and weaving techniques used in many of the works as well as the permeability of the objects placed within the space itself. Drain’s operative and immersive installation will create an organic, dreamlike experience that responds to the surrounding architecture and natural landscape of the gallery while building on the artist’s interests in developing generative utopian frameworks. Made for and completed by the viewer, Membrane offers a pliable, reflective space for dialogue and respite and locates something brighter and more inclusive in mounting dystopic times.

About the Artist

Jim Drain (b. 1975 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a multi-media artist based in Providence, Rhode Island and holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1998. His work with Forcefield was active from 1996 to 2002 and was part of the Whitney Biennial in 2002. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions including University of Florida, Gainesville; Locust Projects in Miami, Florida; Blanton Museum at the University of Texas, Austin; John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; The Garage in Moscow, Russia; The Pit in Los Angeles, California; Nathalie Karg Gallery in New York City; Nina Johnson in Miami, Florida, and Parker Gallery in Los Angeles, Califonia. Drain’s work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of Art; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; Museum of Modern Art; The Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Back to School / Back to di Rosa Educator’s Open House

Site-wide

Make di Rosa part of your back to school plans! Drop in at your leisure during di Rosa’s Educator’s Open House. Preview exhibitions, self-guide the grounds, and receive special resources just for teachers. Make the most of your time by taking an Educator’s Tour.

Educator’s Tour

In one quick hour, di Rosa educators will provide an orientation about school visits, the galleries, and grounds. This tour is recommended for anyone who has not visited di Rosa and is considering bringing their students. Information will be provided about financial aid, logistics, optional studio activities, and picnicking on the grounds. Pre-register for the time slot associated with your grade level; educators of all subjects are invited.

10:30 – 11:30 am: Elementary

1:30 – 2:30 pm: Middle School / High School 

di Rosa Back to School 2019

Volunteer Training Program

Volunteer Training Program

“Do you enjoy interacting with new people? Do you have a passion for contemporary art? There is still time to apply for our upcoming volunteer training programs. Our new docent cohort training begins on January 11, and new gallery teacher training starting on March 3. Apply online today or email education@dirosaart.org for more information.

¿Tiene usted una pasión para el arte contemporáneo? ¿Le encanta conocer gente nueva? di Rosa está buscando voluntarios bilingües para guiar recorridos públicos y educadores de galería para guiar visitas escolares para estudiantes de todas las edades. El programa para nuevos docentes empieza el 11 de enero, entrenamiento para educadores de galería empieza el 3 de marzo. Aplique hoy o mande un email a education@dirosaart.org para más información.

Community Open Studios / Haciendo Arte con Todos

Gallery 1 Patio

Focused on creativity and communal participation, visitors of all ages are encouraged to stop by and make something at the art stations arranged on the patio of Gallery 1. Education staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist with the creative experience and non-toxic art supplies are provided (please do not bring your own materials).

Free. Drop-ins are encouraged.

Centrados en la creatividad y la participación comunitaria, se anima a los visitantes de todas las edades a pasar por aquí y hacer algo en las estaciones de arte organizadas en el patio de Galeria 1. Personal de educación y voluntarios estarán disponibles para ayudar con la experiencia creativa y se proporcionaran materiales de arte no tóxicos (por favor no traiga sus propios materiales).

Gratis. Reservación no necesaria.

Questions? Contact 707-226-5991 x24 or education@dirosaart.org.

Para más información póngase en contacto con hugo@dirosaart.org o hable al 707.226.5991 x 24.

di Rosa Community Open Studios

Community Open Studios / Haciendo Arte con Todos is made possible with support from the Five Arts Fund and the Napa Valley  Community Foundation.

interACTIVE

Napa County Library Main Branch
Free

Presented in partnership with the Napa County Library, interACTIVE is a free intergenerational workshop series for adults that engages with the artworks and themes from di Rosa’s exhibition Building a Different Model: Selections from the di Rosa Collection (on view March 9 – December 29, 2019). Each week the group will discuss a topic from the exhibition and respond by creating their own artwork to be displayed at the library. Participants will also receive guest passes to di Rosa to view the exhibition.

All skill levels are welcome and participants are invited to join all of the workshops in the series or the dates of their choosing. The workshop is facilitated by a di Rosa educator and all materials are provided. Registration will be open this summer.

 

 

interACTIVE

Napa County Library Main Branch
Free

Presented in partnership with the Napa County Library, interACTIVE is a free intergenerational workshop series for adults that engages with the artworks and themes from di Rosa’s exhibition Building a Different Model: Selections from the di Rosa Collection (on view March 9 – December 29, 2019). Each week the group will discuss a topic from the exhibition and respond by creating their own artwork to be displayed at the library. Participants will also receive guest passes to di Rosa to view the exhibition.

All skill levels are welcome and participants are invited to join all of the workshops in the series or the dates of their choosing. The workshop is facilitated by a di Rosa educator and all materials are provided. Registration will be open this summer.

 

 

dI ROSA Update on COVID-19

To support our community’s efforts to decrease the spread of the COVID-19 virus, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art is temporarily closed. 

Along with regular visiting and tour services, programs scheduled during this period have been postponed or suspended pending further developments.

Not one organization nor any individual is untouched by the pandemic. Still, our community is strong and resilient, and all of us here at di Rosa resolved to support each other, artists, and ideas that matter through these changing times. 

This challenge, along with its dangers and sorrows, presents an opportunity to take creative risks, experiment, discover, and evolve. The arts are exploding with remote and virtual alternatives to the usual onsite programs and gatherings. We are excited to be a part of a progressive, innovative arts-ecosystem that is already producing ideas that our center will support and amplify.

Watch our digital spaces, website, and social media channels in the coming days and weeks for offerings. We will announce new programs for 2020 and more specific details and dates for 2021 as soon as it’s possible. We so look forward to receiving you all again at our site on the other side of this crisis. Until then, from our homes, remote working and teaching spaces, and social distances, let us commune, learn, and support each other. di Rosa will continue to support art as part of our mending and shared community.

We wish you and yours good health and wellbeing.

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Di Rosa COVID-19 Response Timeline

MARCH 3, 2020:  Operations briefs staff on COVID-19 risks and best practices. New protocols of increased custodial service of public spaces and high traffic areas and objects like door handles, handrails, and surfaces to assure our visitor’s health and peace of mind go into effect. 

MARCH 11, 2020: di Rosa posts update on website that March 2020 programs have been postponed until April. 

MARCH 12, 2020: di Rosa sends email to full mailing list informing March programs have been moved forward to April. 

MARCH 15, 2020: di Rosa announces on our website the Temporary Closure to the public and suspension of programming.

MARCH 16, 2020: di Rosa emails its full mailing list to inform all of the Temporary Closure.

MARCH 17, 2020: Most staff begins shelter-in-place and remote work, with essential operations/security only onsite as necessary.

MARCH 18, 2020: Napa County Issues SIP

On MARCH 19, 2020 :Gov. Gavin Newsome announced a statewide shelter-in-place order, The order went into effect on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The order is in place until further notice. It covers the whole state of California, and it exempts activity as needed to maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction, including housing construction.

MARCH 31, 2020: di Rosa announces postponement of Deborah Remington: Kaleidoscopic Vision until April, 2021.

APRIL 3, 2020: Napa County Shelter at Home Health Officer Order is extended.

April 14, 2020:  Governor Newson lays out next steps through the COVID-19 public health emergency.  He identifies six references for the next phase of suppression in California once the state is past the critical medical surge stage.  Full Press Conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDEzi1uDKh8

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With advisement from our local and state officials, di Rosa will continue to monitor the situation and adjust the dates of this temporary closure accordingly. For up-to-date information regarding the virus and community response visit, Napa County Public Health.

Join our mailing list to receive out latest news about exhibitions and events.

For more information regarding programs and future visits please email visit@dirosaart.org.

dI ROSA Update on COVID-19

Center for Community

To support our community’s efforts to decrease the spread of the covid-19 virus, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art is temporarily closed. With advisement from our local and state officials, di Rosa will continue to monitor the situation and adjust the dates of this temporary closure accordingly. Join our mailing list to receive latest news about exhibitions and events.

Along with regular visiting and tour services, programs scheduled during this period have been postponed or suspended pending further developments.

For up-to-date information regarding the virus and community response visit, Napa County Public Health.

For more information regarding programs and future visits please call 707-226-5991;25 for assistance Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST. Or email visit@dirosaart.org.

Community Open Studios / Haciendo Arte con Todos

La Luz Center Sonoma | 17560 Greger St, Sonoma, CA
Free

Focused on creativity and communal participation, visitors of all ages are encouraged to stop by and make something at the art stations arranged on the patio of La Luz Center Sonoma. Education staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist with the creative experience and non-toxic art supplies are provided (please do not bring your own materials).

Free. Drop-ins are encouraged.

Centrados en la creatividad y la participación comunitaria, se anima a los visitantes de todas las edades a pasar por aquí y hacer algo en las estaciones de arte organizadas en el patio de La Luz Center Sonoma. Personal de educación y voluntarios estarán disponibles para ayudar con la experiencia creativa y se proporcionaran materiales de arte no tóxicos (por favor no traiga sus propios materiales).

Gratis. Reservación no necesaria.

Questions? Contact 707-226-5991 x24 or education@dirosaart.org.

Para más información póngase en contacto con hugo@dirosaart.org o hable al 707.226.5991 x 24.

di Rosa Community Open Studios

interACTIVE

Napa County Library Main Branch
Free

Presented in partnership with the Napa County Library, interACTIVE is a free intergenerational workshop series for adults that engages with the artworks and themes from di Rosa’s exhibition Building a Different Model: Selections from the di Rosa Collection (on view March 9 – December 29, 2019). Each week the group will discuss a topic from the exhibition and respond by creating their own artwork to be displayed at the library. Participants will also receive guest passes to di Rosa to view the exhibition.

All skill levels are welcome and participants are invited to join all of the workshops in the series or the dates of their choosing. The workshop is facilitated by a di Rosa educator and all materials are provided. Registration will be open this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

interACTIVE

Napa County Library Main Branch
Free

Presented in partnership with the Napa County Library, interACTIVE is a free intergenerational workshop series for adults that engages with the artworks and themes from di Rosa’s exhibition Building a Different Model: Selections from the di Rosa Collection (on view March 9 – December 29, 2019). Each week the group will discuss a topic from the exhibition and respond by creating their own artwork to be displayed at the library. Participants will also receive guest passes to di Rosa to view the exhibition.

All skill levels are welcome and participants are invited to join all of the workshops in the series or the dates of their choosing. The workshop is facilitated by a di Rosa educator and all materials are provided. Registration will be open this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

2013.07.21 di Rosa-Members Picnic

Private Tour of Oliver Ranch

Oliver Ranch
$125 Patrons Circle Members / $150 Non Member Guest

Oliver Ranch is a world-class outdoor museum of site-specific installations in dialogue with the landscape. You’ll enjoy installations throughout the property including works by internationally-recognized artists such as Andy Goldsworthy, Ann Hamilton, Viola Frey, Martin Puryear, and Richard Serra.

Ticket includes round trip deluxe motorcoach transportation from di Rosa (with stop at designated location along 101 for those coming from the west), a private tour of Oliver Ranch led by Steve Oliver, and a family style brunch with bottomless mimosas at Catelli’s Restaurant in Geyserville.

For questions, please contact Blake Washington, Individual Giving Officer blake@dirosaart.org or (707) 226-5991 x29.

Community Open Studios / Haciendo Arte con Todos

Gallery 1 Patio

Focused on creativity and communal participation, visitors of all ages are encouraged to stop by and make something at the art stations arranged on the patio of Gallery 1. Education staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist with the creative experience and non-toxic art supplies are provided (please do not bring your own materials).

Free. Drop-ins are encouraged.

Centrados en la creatividad y la participación comunitaria, se anima a los visitantes de todas las edades a pasar por aquí y hacer algo en las estaciones de arte organizadas en el patio de Galeria 1. Personal de educación y voluntarios estarán disponibles para ayudar con la experiencia creativa y se proporcionaran materiales de arte no tóxicos (por favor no traiga sus propios materiales).

Gratis. Reservación no necesaria.

Questions? Contact 707-226-5991 x24 or education@dirosaart.org.

Para más información póngase en contacto con hugo@dirosaart.org o hable al 707.226.5991 x 24.

di Rosa Community Open Studios

Community Open Studios / Haciendo Arte con Todos is made possible with support from the Five Arts Fund and the Napa Valley  Community Foundation.

AFTERNOON EXCHANGE: William Allan and Peter Saul with Dan Nadel

Gallery 2
$10 GENERAL / $5 MEMBERS / FREE WITH DI ROSA DAYS ADMISSION
(priority seating for Afternoon Exchange ticket holders)

We encourage you to carpool as parking is limited.

Space for this event is limited, please note that priority seating will be given to Afternoon Exchange ticket holders.

In conjunction with Building a Different Model: Selections from the di Rosa Collection, join guest curator Dan Nadel along with artists Peter Saul and William Allan for this lively conversation and idea exchange. Highlighting some of the concentric circles of collaboration, influence and collegiality within the exhibition, the two painters will be in conversation about art, ideas, and their 1967 film with Bruce Nauman, Untitled (Flour Arrangements), in which the two artists talked about ways of seeing and making. The original film will be screened, followed by “the same talk but with different words” with Allan and Saul, along with Nadel.

Dan Nadel is a writer and curator based in New York. His past exhibitions include Samaritans, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, New York (2019); Gertrude Abercrombie, Karma, New York (2018); Red Grooms, Handiwork 1955–2018, Marlborough Contemporary, New York (2018); What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art: 1960 to the Present, RISD Museum, Providence, and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (2014–15); Return of the Repressed: Destroy All Monsters 1973–1977, Prism, Los Angeles (2011); and The Passing of Time: Michael Hurson at Work, 1971–2001, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2017–18). Nadel is a frequent contributor to Artforum and the New York Review of Books. He has authored several books, including The Collected Hairy Who Publications (Matthew Marks, 2015), Art Out of Time: Unknown Comics Visionaries 1900–1969 (Abrams, 2006), and Dorothy and Otis: Designing the American Dream (Harper Design, 2015). His upcoming exhibitions include Landscape without Boundaries and Kathy Butterly, both at the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Davis.

Peter Saul was born in 1934 in San Francisco, California. He studied at the California School of Fine Arts from 1950-1952 and the Washington University School of Fine Arts from 1952-56. Saul is considered one of the fathers of Pop Art. He is known for his distinctively colorful and cartoonish paintings which satirize American culture. In his over fifty year career, Saul has depicted the most pressing issues of society in a manner that destroys pretensions, exposes artificiality, and heightens awareness. Saul has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards throughout his career including the the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 1993, and he was elected to the American Academy of Art and Letters in 2010. Saul’s works have been exhibited widely nationally and internationally and can be found in major collections around the world including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Napa; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

William Allan was born in 1936 in Everett, Washington. He received his BFA from the California School of Fine Arts in 1958. Throughout his career, Allan has worked across multiple media including drawing, painting, sculpture, and film. His early experiments in film and performance with artist Bruce Nauman embraced tenets that marked his entire career: poetic observation of our relationship to nature and the ways human consciousness intersects its flow. Allan’s work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally including the seminal exhibition Funk curated by Peter Selz at the Berkeley Art Museum in 1967 (alongside Saul) and his first major solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1974, curated by Marcia Tucker. Allan’s work is included in major collections including the Anderson Collection at Stanford University; Berkeley Art Museum; the Art Institute of Chicago; di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, Napa; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Oakland Museum of California; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Peter Saul Flour Arrangement

William Allan, Bruce Nauman, and Peter Saul, Untitled (Flour Arrangements) (still), 1967. Video made for the National Center for Experiments in Television (NCET), KQED-TV, San Francisco. 24 min., 9 sec. Courtesy of University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. 

di Rosa Days

Tickets: $30 general / $15 members / $5 ages 17 and under 

di Rosa Days

Tickets: $30 general / $15 members / $5 ages 17 and under 

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di Rosa Days

Tickets: $30 general / $15 members / $5 ages 17 and under 

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In Conversation: The Architecture of Resilience with Stanley Saitowitz, Anne Fougeron, and Craig Steely, moderated by Brandon Jørgensen of Atelier Jørgensen

Gallery 2
$10 GENERAL / Free with di Rosa Days Admission

The fires that swept through our beloved Northern California haven’t been an anomaly; they are a sign of what’s to come. As architects and designers, we feel a responsibility to engage with the tools we have; to see, to build, to consider, and to create new homes for those who have lost so much. How do we design and build in a responsive way in the face of climate change? Napa-based designer and builder Brandon Jørgensen of Atelier Jørgensen set out to answer that question in the wake of the 2017 North Bay Fires.

Come join the conversation about resilient design with Jørgensen and colleagues, as they discuss their journey and process through what the Resilient Design Institute defined as “the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions in response to vulnerabilities to disaster and disruption of normal life.

Participants

Brandon Jørgensen is a native Californian with a design practice based in Napa California. A third-generation Californian, born and raised in the bay area, his family came here in the 30’s migrating from Denmark to work on the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. Having served in the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division he went on to study architecture and received his Bachelor and master’s in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked with Toyo Ito on the Berkeley Art Museum, Studied with Tadao Ando, and spent several years honing his skills as a young architect at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. He started his own studio in 2011 where he and his small team are currently working on projects in Greece, Hawaii, Los Angeles, and all throughout wine country with a focus on residential and hospitality.

Stanley Saitowitz

Stanley Saitowitz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Witwatersrand in 1974 and his Masters in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. He is an Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at numerous schools, including the Elliot Noyes Professor, Harvard University GSD (1991-2), the Bruce Goff Professor, University of Norman, Oklahoma (1993), UCLA, Rice, SCIARC, Cornell, Syracuse, and University of Texas at Austin. He has given more than 200 public lectures in the United States and abroad. His first house was built in 1975, and together with Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc., has completed numerous buildings and projects. These have been residential, commercial and institutional. He has designed houses, housing, master plans, offices, museums, libraries, wineries, synagogues, churches, commercial and residential interiors, memorials, urban landscapes and promenades. Amongst many awards, the Transvaal House was declared a National Monument by the Monuments Council in South Africa in 1997, the New England Holocaust Memorial received the Henry Bacon Medal in 1998, and in 2006 he was a finalist for the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award given by Laura Bush at the White House. Three books have been published on the work, and articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers. His paintings, drawings and models have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums.

Anne Fougeron

Since 1985, FOUGERON ARCHITECTURE is a nationally recognized design firm whose work exhibits a strong commitment to clarity of thought, design integrity, and quality of architectural detail.

The firm’s decidedly modernist attitude is the result of founder Anne Fougeron’s vision to create a practice dedicated to finding the perfect alignment between architectural idea and built form. Her work can be defined by three basic tenets:

Architectural space is modulated by the quality and character of natural light.

Innovative use of structure becomes the architectural ornament.

Exploration into the visual and tactile nature of materials enhances how people engage a building.

Ms. Fougeron’s keen interest in crossing disciplinary boundaries has led the firm to develop a collaborative creative process that capitalizes on her relationships with craftsmen and artists who are experts in their fields. Contrary to most traditional practices, the firm does not separate between the design and production parts of the work process; preferring to believe that the process of design and innovation must continue through all phases of design and construction.

Craig Steely

Craig Steely is a California and Hawaii based architect. His buildings have been described as true and unique hybrids of these two environments. They embrace the realities of the environment and our connection/separation to it over the subjugation of it, all the while focusing on developing a singular architecture rooted in its context. Active projects include work on the Big Island of Hawaii and Maui, as well as several along the coast of California—from Sea Ranch to San Francisco to Big Sur.

He received his architecture degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has lectured at the University of Hawaii, the University of California at Berkeley, Cal Poly and at many conferences including the Monterey Design Conference. His work has been awarded recognition by the American Institute of Architects and published widely in books and periodicals. In 2009 he was selected as an “Emerging Talent” by the AIA California Council. His office was chosen the top firm in the 2013 Residential Architect Magazine leadership awards.

Short Stories (for ages 2-5)

Gallery 1

Led by a di Rosa educator, Short Stories pairs a colorful story and a simple hands-on art project with a work of art on view in Gallery 1. Young children and their caregivers are invited to listen, look, laugh, create, and learn during this program designed just for them. Recommended for ages 2-5; active participation is requested of everyone attending. Drop-ins welcome; reservations not required.

$5 adult / Free for members, children, and visitors with a Napa County Library card

Note: di Rosa educators make every effort to select developmentally appropriate works that are not in proximity to mature content.

Questions? Contact our Education department at 707-226-5991 x24 or by email.