Join the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara for the opening reception of Rimini Protokoll: City as Stage, a newly-commissioned immersive video installation by Berlin-based artist collective Rimini Protokoll, comprised of Helgard Kim Haug, Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel. The newest exhibition in the Bloom Projects Exchange Series, titled Bean Gilsdorf, Soft Actor, will also be on view.
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MCASB is proud to present the first ever U.S. museum exhibition from Rimini Protokoll, a group internationally renowned for their vibrant theater productions that tap into the audience as key participants, inviting them to explore political and social issues of everyday life in semi-scripted situations. City as Stage features an immersive video installation in MCASB’s Main Space as well as participatory performances that take place at various private residences in Santa Barbara. Both works pose compelling questions about the reliability of reported demographics and how individuals relate to those demographics on local, national, and international levels, particularly in an age of rapid globalization and technological proliferation.
In collaboration with Daily Serving | Art Practical, an online art publication based in San Francisco, California, MCASB presents a solo exhibition by Bean Gilsdorf. In this new commission of sculptural pieces, Gilsdorf expands on a recent series of work that addresses how the entertainment industry continues to infiltrate the realm of politics by highlighting physical gestures and attributes that elevate celebrity political figures to icons. Using the transformation of President Ronald Reagan as a case study, the artist critically assesses the mythologizing of presidential history as well as the electoral events leading up to this exhibition.