San Diego Weekend Arts Events: Quint Gallery, Gardens Of Anuncia, SDMA+ Disco Riot And Haydn Voyages
Our weekend arts picks: Gail Roberts, Ruth Pastine and “Dust to Dust” in La Jolla, “Gardens of Anuncia” at The Old Globe, dancers interpret Ana de Alvear and the Hausmann Quartet on a boat.
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Credit: Courtesy of Quint Gallery
Three At Quint: Gail Roberts, Ruth Pastine And… Dust?
It's a trifecta of Quint exhibitions! At Quint ONE (7722 Girard Ave., La Jolla), catch a series of minimalist oil color blocks from Ruth Pastine. Pastine's bright works feel singular, despite their quantity or arrangement in diptychs, triptychs or quartets, and I love the way they play with light, gradient and color. This is already on view, and will come down Sept. 18.
Opening Saturday at the main Quint gallery just up the street is Gail Roberts' "Color Field." This is an exhibition of a whopping 128 individual paintings of flowers, all the same size canvas with a similar scale, drawing attention to the harmonic way botany can be simple and complicated at the same time. The zoomed-out effect of these almost-uniform paintings is captivating and thoughtful.
Finally, tucked in the back of the main gallery is the tiny The Museum Of__ space, which will hold a Mark Quint-curated exhibition of art made with dust. But it's dust of significance — some even found on the streets of Manhattan after 9/11. Anya Gallacio, David Ireland, Ryan McGinness, Sean Miller, and Vik Muniz each have work in the project.
Note: These exhibitions are also part of San Diego Design Week. On Friday at noon, Quint ONE director Ingrid Westlake will lead a walking tour of each exhibition, plus a bonus peek at a secret Adam Belt installation hidden away in a nearby alley.
Details: The opening reception for "Dust to Dust" and Gail Roberts' "Color Field" is Saturday, Sept. 11 from 6-8 p.m. at the main Quint Gallery, 7655 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Regular gallery hours for each space are 11 a.m to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
More art and design: San Diego Design Week runs through Sunday. Looking for some exercise, fresh air, and art and culture? Check out one of the walking or biking tours. Looking to just sit on your couch? There's something for you too. Read our feature for plenty of ideas.
'The Gardens of Anuncia'
This Globe-commissioned world premiere is by Michael John LaChiusa and directed and choreographed by 81-year-old, Argentine-American dancer Graciela Daniele. It's also about Daniele, and her childhood in Argentina surrounded by strong, nurturing women. I've seen a clip of the opening number in rehearsals and I was completely drawn in.
Anuncia, the main character, reflects on her life in a flashback format — which means we get two Anuncias, Carmen Roman as the older adult and Kalyn West as the younger teen, sharing the stage at times. The script is funny, with a lot of heart. Plus, this year, Graciela Daniele is set to receive a Tony Award for lifetime achievement, which feels like a nice echo of this reflective and retrospective musical.
Performed on The Old Globe's indoor Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, guests must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours to enter.
Details: Event information. Opens Friday, Sept. 10 and runs through Oct. 17. Performances this weekend are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m. 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park. $37-108
More theater: It's the final Word Up! Live of the summer, also at The Old Globe, but in the free, outdoor plaza. Catch spoken word artists Angelo Pamintuan and Moises Reynoso discussing and sharing their craft, plus special guests and hip-hop artists Miki Vale and Ric Scales. Friday from 5-6:30. Free.
SDMA+ Disco Riot: 'Everything You See Could Be A Lie'
Dance, Visual art
If you haven't seen Ana de Alvear's unbelievable exhibition of photorealistic drawings at the San Diego Museum of Art, hurry. It closes at the end of the month.
But if you need an extra lure, contemporary dance company Disco Riot will be performing works inspired by the drawings, as well as de Alvear's evocative mix of whimsy and darkness. The dancers will perform three 15-minute sets right there in the gallery.
When I spoke to Disco Riot cofounder and artistic director Zaquia Mahler Salinas this March, we discussed the way the company was able to thrive with the pandemic restrictions — and the structure of this "prompt" from de Alvear's works seems no different.
"We get to make stuff that's a little bit different when we have these parameters. Responding to parameters, that's something that we do all the time when we're making art," Salinas said. "I think that one of the things that art is kind of essential for is mapping new ways and being creative in our response to how things are coming at us."
Haydn Voyages: 'Time And Place'
Hausmann Quartet returns to the deck of the Maritime Museum's Berkeley Ship to continue their attempt at performing each quartet in Haydn's 68-piece body of work. (They're currently somewhere around 31.)
The ensemble always surrounds the Haydn work — in this case, the "Dream" quartet — with pieces from his contemporaries, as well as modern works by living composers. Juri Seo's 2018 work "Infinite Season," will also be performed, as well as Yangfan Xu's 2019 energetic and mysterious composition, "A Bit Blue," which recently won Hausmann's pandemic-era composition competition.
Details: Event information. Sunday, Sept. 12 at 2:30 p.m. 1492 N. Harbor Dr., Downtown. $10-25, or $50 for VIP.
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