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MAH Members Event: Artist Talk and Soccer Activity

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Friday, January 18, 2019,
6pm - 7:30pm

705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Free for MAH Members

Come kick it at the MAH with exhibiting artist Rodrigo Valenzeula in this event just for MAH Members. Connect with the artist, museum's curator, and other MAH Members at this event that’s one part artist talk and one part engaging conversation over soccer.

This event is just for MAH Members and their friends. Join today.

What to expect: As an artist, Rodrigo explores the game of soccer as a metaphor for the artist and as a platform to have new conversations. Learn more about his practice and focus on the theme of soccer. We’ll then open the floor to dialogue. Explore different prompts (or create your own) in an activity designed to spark unexpected conversations.

About the exhibition: Finding your way around a new place is hard work. It’s disorienting. The landscapes are different. The language is unfamiliar. How do you find connection when everything is foreign? Chilean-born artist Rodrigo Valenzuela uses photography, painting, and video to create new landscapes in Lay of the Land. He draws from his own life experiences to create scenes that invite you into unfamiliar landscapes. To explore how it feels to immigrate to a new place.

About the artist: When Rodrigo first came to the United States from Chile, he had sixty dollars in his pocket. He spent years working under-the-table construction and landscaping jobs. He also went to art school. Rodrigo's photographs, paintings, and videos are labor-intensive. The materials and methods he uses to create his artwork speaks to his experience as an immigrant. He uses themes like soccer and the landscape to explore complex ideas around isolation and displacement.

Rodrigo Valenzuela

“Construyo relatos, escenas e historias que señalan las tensiones que existen entre el individuo y las comunidades.”

Rodrigo Valenzuela — Artista

This event is only for MAH Members and their friends.
Join today.