We'd love your company

A new project with New York-based artist Ethan Breckenridge

February 21 - May 10, 2013

Opening Reception on Thursday, February 21, 5:30-8:30pm
6:30pm performance of Across a Tiled Pathway, an adapted teleplay by Ethan Breckenridge

Artist in Conversation on Friday, February 22, 11:00am
Artist Ethan Breckenridge in conversation with curator Michelle Y. Hyun

Student Loans March 11-23

Premiere Screening of Ethan Breckenridge's Video on Thursday, March 28, 4:00pm

Contemporary Art’s Evasive Social Reality on Wednesday, April 3, 6:00pm
A talk by Suhail Malik, with corresponding shadow puppetry performance by Van C. Tran

A Specific Piece of Music on Thursday, April 11, 4:00pm
A musical performance by Rachel Mason, in collaboration with The Preuss School UC San Diego

Visiting Artist Lecture on Monday, April 22, 4:00pm
A talk by Martha Rosler

I Appreciate You // We Grow Together on Tuesday, May 7, 11am & 4pm
a workshop organized by Erina Alejo and You (All).

People's Rights Puppet Exhibit on Wednesday, May 8th, all day

Front Page on Thursday, May 9, 6:30pm
A performance-based workshop with Liz Magic Laser in collaboration with Actor Audrey Crabtree

UAS @ UAG: Ambitions of the Student Artist on Friday, May 5th, 5-9pm
The 2013 Undergraduate Art Show

UC San Diego University Art Gallery at Mandeville Center
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

We'd love your company is a new project with New York-based artist Ethan Breckenridge, organized in collaboration with the University Art Gallery (UAG) at the University of California, San Diego. The project extends an open invitation to publics to repurpose the UAG into a negotiated space of research, dialogue, performance, sociality, and activism. The gallery becomes a place where the assumptions of participatory formats in art practice and popular culture, are thought through, discussed, performed and tested through a program of events and conditions of in/hospitable space.

The physical walls of the gallery, which previously served to delineate separate display spaces and to maximize surface area for exhibition of artworks, are cut out and reconstructed to provide a physical platform, as well as other ambiguous grounded structures, that invite indeterminate use. Translucent scrims, scattered throughout the newly opened space, allow guests to erect mutable enclosures and barriers, while life-size figures, enlarged from architectural models, populate the space as its imagined and real participants. Through this redesign, Breckenridge acts as architect and host to ambivalent inhabitation by all guests and collaborators - both allied and adversarial, idealized and actualized.

We'd love your company parlays the open invitation into a call for program proposals as a transactional vehicle for the use and exchange of space and time by the UAG's most proximate public, the university student(s), as well as its ancillary publics, the "community." Parallel to this invitation, We'd love your company hosts a series of guest lectures, performances, and workshops that critically respond to the participatory imperative in contemporary art practices and political institutions. Alongside this programming, the performance of an adapted teleplay and the screening of a video, both produced by Breckenridge, consider projective and reflexive instances of the hospitable gesture and participation in piecemeal, narrative forms.

Over the course of the exhibition, a progressive publication will document the project in a self-archiving format to become a flexible instruction manual that invites further reflection and both auspicious and dubious participation.

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