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Call for Proposals at UCSD University Art Gallery

We’d love your company to open at UCSD University Art Gallery

SAN DIEGO, California (February 6, 2013) – On exhibition from February 21 through May 10, 2013, We’d love your company is a new project with New York-based artist Ethan Breckenridge, organized in collaboration with the University Art Gallery (UAG) at the University of California, San Diego. The project extends an open invitation to publics to repurpose the UAG into a negotiated space of research, dialogue, performance, sociality, and activism. The gallery becomes a place where the assumptions of participatory formats in art practice and popular culture, are thought through, discussed, performed and tested through a program of events and conditions of in/hospitable space.

The physical walls of the gallery, which previously served to delineate separate display spaces and to maximize surface area for exhibition of artworks, are cut out and reconstructed to provide a physical platform, as well as other ambiguous grounded structures, that invite indeterminate use. Translucent scrims, scattered throughout the newly opened space, allow guests to erect mutable enclosures and barriers, while life-size figures, enlarged from architectural models, populate the space as its imagined and real participants. Through this redesign, Breckenridge acts as architect and host to ambivalent inhabitation by all guests and collaborators – both allied and adversarial, idealized and actualized.

We’d love your company parlays the open invitation into a call for program proposals as a transactional vehicle for the use and exchange of space and time by the UAG’s most proximate public, the university student(s), as well as its ancillary publics, the “community.” Parallel to this invitation, We’d love your company hosts a series of guest lectures, performances, and workshops that critically respond to the participatory imperative in contemporary art practices and political institutions. Alongside this programming, the performance of an adapted teleplay and the screening of a video, both produced by Breckenridge, consider projective and reflexive instances of the hospitable gesture and participation in piecemeal, narrative forms.

Over the course of the exhibition, a progressive publication will document the project in a self-archiving format to become a flexible instruction manual that invites further reflection and both auspicious and dubious participation.

An opening reception with the artist will take place on February 21, 5:30 – 8:30pm, and a performance of Across a Tiled Pathway will commence at 6:30pm.

Call for Proposals

Members of publics are invited to propose event programs as part of, or separate from, the exhibition. We welcome all proposals! Conferences, performances, seminars, gabfests, team building sessions, social gatherings, tête-à-tête’s, etc. To propose an event program, or for any related inquiries, please e-mail with your name, organization, potential dates and times, a brief description, potential equipment/material needs, your contact information, and “YOUR PROGRAM HERE” in the subject line.

To view the invitation letter, please click here.

Program Schedule

Opening Reception
Thursday, February 21, 5:30-8:30pm
6:30pm performance of Across a Tiled Pathway, an adapted teleplay by Ethan Breckenridge.

Artist in Conversation
Friday, February 22, 11:00am
Artist Ethan Breckenridge in conversation with curator Michelle Y. Hyun.

Student Loans
Monday, March 11 – Saturday, March 23, 24 hours/day
A 24-hour study space and milieu recreation of a reclaimed library during winter quarter final exams, hosted by the UCSD Public Education Coalition. Study supplies and refreshments will be provided.

Premiere Screening
Thursday, March 28, 4:00pm
Premiere screening of a video produced by Ethan Breckenridge at UCSD. The video will be screened continuously during exhibition hours in the UAG video gallery thereafter.

Contemporary Art’s Evasive Social Reality
Wednesday, April 3, 6:00pm
A talk by Suhail Malik, with corresponding shadow puppetry performance by Van C. Tran, proposes an art that avows its institutional condition and limitation.
Co-sponsored by the Visual Arts Department, Discursive & Curatorial Production Initiative

A Specific Piece of Music
Thursday, April 11, 4:00pm
A musical performance by Rachel Mason, in collaboration with The Preuss School UCSD, invites both participation and spectatorship by the uninitiated.

Visiting Artist Lecture
Monday, April 22, 4:00pm
A talk by Martha Rosler.
Co-sponsored by the Visual Arts Department, Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Front Page
Thursday, May 9, 6:30pm
A performance-based workshop by Liz Magic Laser, in collaboration with actor Audrey Crabtree, draws on the language of the corporate retreat and the work of Brazilian theater director Augusto Boal.

All events will take place at the University Art Gallery.

For more detailed information on these events and guests, please visit the UAG website,

About the Artist

Ethan Breckenridge (b. Madison, Wisconsin, 1977) lives and works in New York. He earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and MFA from Columbia University. He has exhibited in galleries and institutions internationally and has produced projects for unitednationsplaza in Berlin, Germany (2006), Goethe Institut’s Ludlow38 in New York (2008), the Museo Patino in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (2009), and the Sommerakademie at Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland (2009). Most recently, he exhibited at Greshams Ghost in Baltimore, The Zabludowicz Collection in London, UK, Thierry Goldberg Gallery in New York, and The Suburban in Chicago.

About the University Art Gallery

University Art Gallery
Mandeville Center
University of California San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0327
Tel 858-534-2107 / Fax 858-534-3548 /

Tuesday & Thursday 11am – 5pm, Wednesday & Friday 11am – 7:30pm
Free Admission

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