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Montalvo’s new exhibit explores fabric of humanity


It may look as though Montalvo Arts Center has been yarn-bombed, but it’s actually the annual Art on the Grounds Exhibition.

“Threads: Weaving Humanity” is a series of four newly commissioned textile works that use braiding, stitching, patching and mending as a metaphor for weaving the diverse threads of the South Bay community into a shared social fabric.

The works are designed to spark conversation about human connections, including practicing kindness, compassion, integrity, respect, empathy, forgiveness and self-reflection. They were commissioned from Bangladesh-based visual and performance artist Yasmin Jahan Nupur; local interdisciplinary artist Sudnya Shroff; multimedia artist, master weaver and educator Hellen Ascoli; and RoCoCo, the Bay Area Collective comprised of Modesto Covarrubias and KC Rosenberg.

The exhibition will open July 19 with a free event featuring poetry, hands-on art-making activities, gourmet food trucks and live music and dance by local cultural organizations.

The live performances, entitled Mosaic Montalvo, are in partnership with the nonprofit Sangam Arts. Attendees can interact with musicians, dancers and artists representing the cultural diversity of the Bay Area. Performing groups include Calpulli Tonalehqueh Aztec Dancers, San Jose Taiko, Xpressions Indian Folk Dance, Yang Yang Chinese Dancers, and contemporary dance company NewGround Theatre Dance.

As part of the opening night celebration, Bay Area-based artist Ramekon O’Arwisters will host a “Crochet Jam,” a hands-on workshop designed to encourage attendees to think differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society.

Fellows from Montalvo’s Lucas Artists Program will be on hand, including Swedish composer and instrument builder Johannes Bergmark; Yona Harvey, American poet and author of Marvel Comics’ “World of Wakanda”; and Joe Jiménez, author of “The Possibilities of Mud” and “Bloodline.”

“Threads: Weaving Humanity” opens July 19, 6-9 p.m. at Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga. The exhibition will be on view on the Montalvo grounds through the summer and into the fall. Admission is free. To RSVP and for more information, visit www.montalvoarts.org or call 408-961-5858.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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