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GLOW Artist in Residence Talk - Everywhere: Recent Projects by Rebeca Méndez

Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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* Please note this event takes place on a Wednesday evening.

6:30-8:30pm Visual presentation and discussion

Méndez will present her most recent projects—from video art installations requiring three tons of volcanic rock or two truck loads of burnt wood, to civic art commissions, to her long-term project Circum/bi/polar, an artist/scientist collaboration project which focuses on art and the environment. Circum/bi/polar investigates the geopolitics of the North and South Poles, climate change, and the natural forces that govern our planet by following the annual migration the arctic tern—a small sea bird—makes from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back again. Rebeca Méndez is the Artist in Residence for the 2013 edition of GLOW, the triennial celebration of art and light on the Santa Monica Beach. This talk will take place in conjunction with Anywhere: Selected Photographic Works by Rebeca Méndez, which will be on display in the Gallery May 2-June 23, 2013. The talk will be followed by a light reception.

GLOW is a free dusk-and-beyond event features the work of international, national and local artists, and is the first all-night art event in the United States that emphasizes the commissioning of original artwork. GLOW projects invite active audience engagement and exploration and constantly surprise in their unexpected placement in spaces and times not normally reserved for fine art. Santa Monica joins such cities as Paris, Toronto, Montreal, Rome, Brussels, Minneapolois, Tel Aviv and Riga as part of a global movement producing “white night” or “nuit blanche” events. Check back for updates and visit the Glow websites glowsantamonica.org and facebook.com/glowsantamonica.

Rebeca Méndez was born in Mexico City and received her MFA from Art Center College of Design. She is currently a professor in the department of Design | Media Arts at UCLA. She has shown her work at ARCO Madrid 29th International Art Fair; X Biennial, Cuenca, Ecuador; the National Design Triennial; the Beall Center for Art and Technology, University of California, Irvine; the Alyce Williamson Gallery, Pasadena; the Broad Art Center, UCLA; Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. In addition, her work has been exhibited at, and is represented in collections of, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York; the Denver Art Museum; the Freitag Historical Museum, Hannover; and Museo José Luís Cuevas, Mexico City.

About Anywhere: Selected Works by Rebeca Méndez

The exhibition includes photographs captured during her travels to Iceland, a place Méndez frequents for its unusual geological and climate phenomena. Three triptychs from her series About to Happen show isolated single still-frames from her 16mm film shoots throughout the island, Dettifoss 001–003, capture an instant of the most powerful waterfall in all Europe. Two photographs from her series Weatherscapes document the iceberg lagoon Jökulsárlón under heavy fog at dawn. Méndez, in her Homeland # 3 series, using her own documentary photography from far-flung places like Patagonia and the Sahara desert, explores the sense of ambivalence of the processing (or exploitation) of nature—while her panoramic images allude to the sublime in nature, they simultaneously reveal their synthetic process of construction. 


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Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email beachhouse@smgov.net. We appreciate your keeping in touch!

Directions: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway, a half mile north of the California Incline and a half mile south of Chautauqua Blvd. Plenty of public parking is available - enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. The facility is easily accessible by foot or bike from the beach bike path, although the Beach closes at sunset. There is ample bike parking at racks throughout the site - remember to bring your own lock.

Parking: May-September the parking rate is $3/hr at the park and pay machines available in three areas of the ACBH parking lot. Machines take cards and cash. For updated parking info and lot hours, please check the website for details.

Other events: To view & make reservations for future free Beach=Culture events, check http://annenbergbeachhouse.com/beachculture.

General Info: For hours, events and more, visit http://www.annenbergbeachhouse.com, or call (310) 458-4904. Back on the Beach Café hours are subject to change but are generally through 8pm in the summer, call (310) 393-8282 to confirm.

Have questions about GLOW Artist in Residence Talk - Everywhere: Recent Projects by Rebeca Méndez? Contact Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

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415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
Santa Monica

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Welcome to Beach=Culture, a year-round series of free arts and culture events at the Annenberg Community Beach House. The Beach House is a City of Santa Monica facility and is open to all - no membership required. For more information, please visit annenbergbeachhouse.comClick to join the Beach House email lists or the Cultural Affairs Division lists for info on other arts programming, including artist opportunities, annual festivals, and arts events around town.

The Beach House is made possible by a generous gift from the Annenberg Foundation, at the recommendation of Wallis Annenberg, and in partnership with the City of Santa Monica and California State Parks. Additional funding was provided by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development and the federal Preserve America program. The Annenberg Community Beach House is wheelchair accessible and ADA compliant. For disability related accommodations, please call Guest Services at 310-458-4904.


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