Collective Chorus is a series of workshops for teens that introduce ideas of artivism (art + activism) and education through the creation of an art installation using vinyl text lettering in the Field Workshop space. The artist-facilitators will craft community dialogue to empower youth to use their voices spatially for public discourse and public art.
Participants will learn about the history of text-based art used in public spaces, with an emphasis on movements that have advanced social justice. The artists plan to use vinyl sign-making techniques to install brightly colored words onto the museum’s windows that face 7th Street. Each workshop encourages a collaborative growth of conversation and dialogue through each responsive addition to the text-based installation.
For this Zoom workshop, the artists will demonstrate what will be created in dialogue with participants online. Final artworks made in collaboration through Zoom will be installed by the artists in the Field Workshop.
Artist-Facilitators: Kristin Bauer, Julio César Morales, Mario Ybarra, Jr.
Recommended for ages 14-18
Maximum Participants: 10
About the Artists: Kristin Bauer
Based in Tempe, AZ and Los Angeles, CA, Kristen Bauer is an interdisciplinary artist whose research-driven studio practice yields literary and visual works. Bauer’s educational background and Art Therapy training complements her artmaking, actionable public work, and arts writing. Her recent 2020 exhibitions include “Untitled Gestures,” a solo text intervention project on view at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the “TEXT Show” at CMAY Gallery Los Angeles, and “Cutting Edges” at Cheryl Hazan Gallery in Tribeca, New York. Bauer’s artwork has been shown at venues internationally, including the TransBorder Biennial, El Paso Museum of Art, TX; El Museo de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Santiago, Chile; and Nicholas Projects, Melbourne, Australia, among others. She recently curated “The Snake Eats Its Tail” exhibition at the University of Arizona and currently serves as Vice Chair on the Creative Impact Board of the Arizona State University Art Museum. Bauer embraces community, youth involvement, and collaboration as essential elements to mobilize the arts as a vehicle for connection and change making, all of which is at the heart of the establishment of Collective Chorus.
Julio César Morales
Julio César Morales is an artist, educator, and curator based in San Francisco, CA. Employing a range of media and visual strategies, Morales explores global issues of migration, underground economies, and labor, on personal and global scales. As an educator, Morales served as a curriculum advisor for the San Francisco School District and the Alameda County Probation Department, the Director of Education for Galeria de La Raza (2003-2010), the adjunct New Genres professor and co-founder of the City Studio Mentoring Program, and associate professor in Curatorial Studies for the San Francisco Art Institute (2000-2012). He also developed a youth training initiative for the Oakland Police Department. In the past two decades, Morales has occupied several leadership positions such as founder/director for Queens Nails Annex, an artist-run project space in San Francisco (2003-2012) and a member of the founding staff for The Center of Art and Public Life at The California College for the Arts (1999-2010). From 2008-2012, Morales acted as Adjunct Curator for Visual Arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Morales was a contributing curator for the Japanese pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale and is currently Curator of Visual Arts at Arizona State University Art Museum.
Mario Ybarra Jr.
Mexican-American artist Mario Ybarra Jr. is a conceptual artist from Los Angeles, CA. His practice examines excluded social norms, often reestablishing complete environments, histories, and narratives. Ybarra’s work has been featured in many local, national and international exhibitions/fairs including the Whitney Biennial (2008), New York; Tate Modern, London, UK; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston; Instituto Cervantes, Madrid, Spain; ARCO Fair (2011 and 2013) Madrid, Spain; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. In 2002, in partnership with his wife Karla Diaz, he co-founded Slanguage, an artist-run space/collective in Los Angeles that hosted art exhibitions, residencies, and programming for youth and adults. Ybarra has been featured as a speaker in many national and international venues, most notably at the Creative Summit in New York, and Art Pace San Antonio.
Collective Chorus is generously supported by Mate Borja and Jesus Rodriguez Davalos; The Dawn and Treg Bradley Collection.