BECOMING AMERICAN WILL FEATURE WORK BY OVER 20 ARTISTS INCLUDING BRIAN JUNGEN, JENNY PERLIN, ADRIAN PIPER AND JASPER JOHNS WITH NEW COMMISSIONS BY RODRIGO VALENZUELA AND EYVIND KANG.
STRETCH GOAL! ------ $10,000?! If we make it all donors will receive a tote and a link to a Becoming American playlist - 1 day to go!
August 4-September 30, 2018
Becoming American is the inaugural exhibition for Seattle based non-profit Cefalonia, developed and hosted in partnership with studio e, in Georgetown, Seattle, Specialist in Seattle's Pioneer Square and the National Park Service.
The main exhibition occupies four historic structures at San Juan Island National Historical Park's English Camp and a site at the nearby American Camp. It was here, in 1859, that the last territorial dispute between the United States and Great Britain unfolded. The camps were built upon shell middens, developed over thousands of years by the land's original inhabitants, the Coast Salish people. This collaboration with one of the most geographically beautiful and historically layered locations in the region offers a spectacular context to which the artists of the exhibition can respond.
Taking its title from a series of essays by co-curator Fionn Meade, Becoming American includes work from three generations of artists who delve into themes of race, gender and identity through formal and research-based projects.
The exhibition includes video, sound, painting, photography, print-based work, and sculpture that examines the perhaps permanent, never-to-be-resolved nature of the larger understanding of the Americas. International in scope, Becoming American offers perspectives from more than twenty artists.
Artists include: Dan Attoe, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Paul Stephen Benjamin, Gretchen Frances Bennett, Matthew Brannon, Jasper Johns, Brian Jungen, Eyvind Kang, Duane Linklater, Jeffry Mitchell, Lynne McCabe, Lavar Munroe, Jenny Perlin, Pope L., Adrian Piper, R.H. Quaytman, Ruth Robbins, Aram Saroyan, Dori Hana Scherer, Barbara Earl Thomas, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Anna Von Mertens and Marie Watt and more
Given the unique nature of the exhibition and the opportunity for site specific work, many of the artists are developing new commissions for the exhibition. These range from Korakrit Arunanondchai’s immersive takeover of Specialist to a new musical composition from Eyvind Kang which will occupy the blockhouse at San Juan Island National Historical Park.
In addition to the historic structures at San Juan Island National Historical Park, Becoming American is a partnership with a network of Seattle artist-run spaces, non-profits and galleries including Specialist, located in Pioneer Square and studio e, in Georgetown. Both venues provide the opportunity to expand the exhibition into the gallery context by showing additional work from artists represented on San Juan Island and large-scale, multi-media installations. Finally, SOIL in Pioneer Square will be presenting its independently organized exhibition in response to Becoming American in September 2018.
Why we need your help
Becoming American is an incredibly ambitious exhibition. As a new non-profit that must raise private funds for exhibitions and public programs, Cefalonia does not have an operating budget capable of supporting the scale of this project. With so many incredible artists and people involved we are all committed to making this meaningful project come to life. Your pledge will support:
Paying the artists. We are providing artist fees for newly commissioned work including, in some cases, labor and supplies as well as traveling expenses when we can. The more money we raise, the more site specific projects we can commission.
Art shipping. While enticing as images on a browser, an exhibition happens only after art is professionally shipped to the location. We are thinking strategically and keeping costs low, but this is always a large portion of any exhibition budget.
Presenting public programs during the opening weekend. Again, the more money we raise, the more programming we can offer.
Exhibition design and construction. Working in historic structures means that we cannot alter the buildings in anyway. This means no nails in walls to hang work. We have developed a system for hanging work but it needs to be built and that takes time and money.
Permits, insurance, AV equipment, art handlers. There are a lot of logistics, fees and moving parts!
The artists are working on their pieces that will be offered as rewards. Below are images of earlier works.
Who We Are
Cefalonia was co-founded by three friends, architect Aaron Bush, artist Cat Clifford and curator Fionn Meade with a mission to bring international contemporary art to the Pacific Northwest through site specific projects. Curator Mary Coyne serves as the Board Chair and curator/artist Hannah Cwiek heads our Development efforts. Philippe Hyojung Kim is our Special Projects Coordinator and is gallery liaison to both Specialist and SOIL. Dawna Holloway is the sensational director at studio e and Philippe Hyojung Kim, Dori Hana Scherer, William E. Shields and Alexi Brown-Schmidt make up the amazing team at Specialist. Lastly, this exhibition would not be possible without Brandon Cadwell and the staff at San Juan Island National Historical Park.
Risks and challenges
Like any multi-venue exhibition, Becoming American has its own share of logistics. In this case, the unique partnership with the National Park Service brings its own set of challenges due to the historic structures of the English and American Camps. In order to maintain the essence of the buildings and not cause any lasting changes or harm to the structures, Aaron Bush is working out a careful installation construction plan that will allow the buildings to be transformed into safe exhibition venues while not sacrificing their integrity. Additionally, the San Juan Islands are only accessible via ferry or plane, which will increase the cost and effort of installation and art shipping. We have been thorough in taking into account these additional costs within our budget. Finally, we only have a few short months to get this done!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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