In Focus: Ansel Adams
Feb
21
to Mar 24

In Focus: Ansel Adams

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Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (1941)

Ansel Adams

In Focus: Ansel Adams

Highlights from Lawrence Janss Collection

 ANSEL ADAMS EXHIBITION OPENS FEBRUARY 21 AT

CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF ART THOUSAND OAKS

 

“In Focus: Ansel Adams Highlights from Lawrence Janss Collection”

on View Through March 24

 

 

Thousand Oaks, Calif.  – Works by one of the world’s most widely recognized and acclaimed photographers will go on view as part of a limited engagement at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO). “In Focus: Ansel Adams Highlights from Lawrence Janss Collection” features several of the artist’s iconic photographs, on loan from entrepreneur, community leader and CMATO Board of Directors member, Larry Janss. “In Focus,” runs February 21 through March 24, 2019. Admission is free (a $6 donation is suggested).

 

The exhibition includes Adams’ elegant, detailed images of nature including his seminal work “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico,” described by art historians as “a perfect marriage of straight and pure photography.” In this intimate exhibition, museum visitors will have the opportunity to examine a curated selection Adams most iconic works including,  “Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite National Park”; and “Moon and Half Dome,” widely considered to be the artist’s most enduring image of Yosemite National Park.

 

“As a cultural institution, CMATO works to bring dynamic viewing experiences to our visitors and to encourage conversation around contemporary issues. “In Focus” accomplishes just that. Our goal is to highlight Adams contribution to American photography and his continued influence on photographers today, including his influence on our benefactor Larry Janss,”  said Tish Greenwood, Executive Director, CMATO.

 

Janss, an accomplished photographer and founder of the Thousand Oaks-based Four Friends Gallery, met Adams in 1967 and began participating in the Ansel Adams Summer Photography workshops. He would go on to assist the renowned photographer with numerous photo projects over the course of Adams’ life.

 

“While many have come to know Ansel Adams’ work through books, postcards and calendars, few have actually seen his original images. “In Focus” gives the public an opportunity to witness works by one of the world’s most renowned photographers and to experience the majesty and wonder that only his photography can evoke. I hope this exhibition will foster appreciation for Ansel not only as an artist but as a concerned citizen, an inspiring mentor to photographers like myself, and one of the most important conservationists of all time,” said Janss. 

 

With a career that spanned more than five decades, Adams (1902-1984) became one of America’s most beloved landscape photographers and a respected environmentalist who influenced the course of 20th century photography through sumptuous and technically precise images, along with his efforts to elevate photography to fine art – comparable to painting, sculpture and music.

 

Adams developed a system for creating luminous, vivid landscape photographs in sharp contrasts of black and white. He then printed his film negatives with meticulous attention to craft. Adams’s manner of framing and capturing both magnificent, large-scale landscape formations and small natural objects created icons of the American wilderness. 

 

In addition to his photographic legacy, Adams was a staunch environmentalist who worked tirelessly alongside The Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society to defend wild spaces and establish new national parks. In recognition of his commitment to conservation, President Jimmy Carter awarded Adams the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980. 

 

 

Exhibition Details

“In Focus” is curated by Lynn Farrand, CMATO Senior Curator and Larry Janss. The exhibition is presented by Wells Fargo – Valdez Wealth Management Group.

 

Visitors are encouraged to use #anseladamsatcmato to share their exhibition experiences on social media.

 

Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 to 7:00 PM.  CMATO is located on the second level of The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks.

 

About CMATO:

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is a cultural institution dedicated to engaging, educating and uplifting the human spirit through the palette of art. Established in 2008, the museum showcases established and emerging contemporary artists, with a unique focus on participatory art. As part of its mission to connect people to creativity, ideas and to each other, CMATO features rotating temporary exhibitions, artist lectures and educational programs that foster discussion, participation and an appreciation for the visual arts. To learn more or to become a museum member, visit http://www.cmato.org

 

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Lessons from Ansel Adams
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Lessons from Ansel Adams

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Ansel Adams is one of the most acclaimed photographers of all time, but an equally important and enduring aspect of his legacy is that of a teacher and mentor to an entire generation of photographers including entrepreneur and philanthropist, Larry Janss.

Janss, whose personal collection of Adams' iconic black-and-white vistas comprises CMATO's newest exhibition, began as a student of Adams but would quickly establish a partnership and lifelong friendship, assisting the renowned photographer with numerous projects throughout the course of Adams' life.

Janss will share stories of his time spent working with Adams, including accompanying the artist on his final trip to Yosemite and witnessing first-hand Adams' technical mastery of the photographic medium, with KCLU's Lance Orozco on Thursday, February 21, exclusively at CMATO.

Free for CMATO Members

$10 Non-Members

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RISK at CMATO
Apr
11
to Sep 1

RISK at CMATO

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About RISK:

Kelly Graval, the multi-talented Fine Artist, Illustrator, and Graffiti artist known as RISK, has been synonymous with the Los Angeles art community for decades. With a career spanning 30 years, RISK has solidified his place in the history books as a world-renowned graffiti legend.  A Thousand Oaks citizen, Gravel is committed to helping CMATO become part of the social fabric of the Conejo Valley region.

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Reptile Round Up!
Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

Reptile Round Up!

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Reptile Round Up with Southwestern Herpetologist Society

Saturday, February 9, 2019 (3PM - 5PM)

at CMATO - Main Gallery

Admission Free!

Go beyond the myths and discover the reality of reptiles at Reptile Round Up, a special education presentation from our friends at the Southwestern Herpetologists Society!

Meet a tortoise, pet a lizard and learn about the habit of these colorful and gentile reptiles, the threats they face and what you can do to conserve the habitats on which they depend.

Reptile Round Up takes place in CMATO’s main gallery alongside the paintings of Kevin Sloan, whose “A Collection of Rarities” exhibit echoes a contemporary environmental about humanity’s impact on the natural world.

Come learn how nature can inspire—-and even transform—-us!

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Circles of Support Member Event - Photo L.A.
Jan
31
to Feb 3

Circles of Support Member Event - Photo L.A.

Tony Vaccaro Courtesy of Monroe Gallery of Photography

Tony Vaccaro Courtesy of Monroe Gallery of Photography

Photo L.A. (https://www.photola.com/) at the Barker Hanger, Santa Monica runs from Jan. 31 – Feb. 3, 2019. This photography show --the longest running on the West Coast -- brings the best of the photography world to your doorstep with a collaborative platform that links dealers and collectors with galleries from around the globe. Internationally recognized, yet abundantly accessible, Photo L.A. cultivates connections between industry elite and up-and-coming talent alike. This year’s edition honors CMATO’s very own featured photographer, Jo Ann Callis (Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era?)

 As a Circle of Support member, you are a Platinum VIP which entitles you and one guest to the following:

  • First look privilege and opportunity to view art before the general public  (Thursday, Jan 31, 5-6 pm)

  • Opening Night Premiere Party complimentary admission (Thursday, Jan 31, 6-9 pm)

  • Access to Private VIP Vernissage on Saturday, February 2 (10-11am)

  • Special Curated Tour on Saturday, February 2 (12:30pm – 1:30pm)

  • One complimentary show catalog

  

Circles of Support Information:

Circles of Support is an essential component of the museum’s success and includes membership in our 2019 Circles of Support, a select group that represents CMATO’s strongest and most dedicated philanthropic supporters.

Member privileges encompass engaging cultural and social events, including special access to private collections and studio visits with contemporary artists, and invitations to members-only exhibition previews and evening receptions. Members of the Chairman’s and Director’s Circle will also attend a private reception that will feature a 2019 State of the Museum update by our Chairman, Tony Principe.

I hope you will join us in making CMATO both a major art destination as well as a fun and engaging personal experience! 

Thank you for supporting the dynamic exhibitions, events and programs that bring our mission to life.


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Circles of Support Member Event - LA Art Show
Jan
23
to Jan 27

Circles of Support Member Event - LA Art Show

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 Circle of Support Members:

The Los Angeles Art Fair season is fast approaching and we are delighted to be able to provide our Circle of Support members exclusive VIP access to the hottest shows Los Angeles has to offer.

 LA Art Show (laartshow.com), at the LA Convention Center, runs from Jan. 23 – 27, 2019. This mega-show is the largest of the LA art fairs and features modern and contemporary works from more than 100 galleries around the world displayed in over 200,000-square-feet of exhibition space.

 As a Circle of Support member, you are a VIP Red Card Guest which entitles you to the following: 

  •  Invitation to Special Collectors’ Preview 

  • Opening Night Premiere Party complimentary admission

  • First look privilege and opportunity to view and purchase art before the general public

  • One complimentary show catalog (while supplies last, valued at $25)

  • Invitation to parties and events reserved for VIPs

  • Access to CITIGOLD VIP Lounge during regular show days and hours

  • Unlimited admission to the LA Art Show during regular show days and hours

To get your VIP Red Card, please email Florencia Glas at fglas@cmato.org

 

Circles of Support Information:

Circles of Support is an essential component of the museum’s success and includes membership in our 2019 Circles of Support, a select group that represents CMATO’s strongest and most dedicated philanthropic supporters.

Member privileges encompass engaging cultural and social events, including special access to private collections and studio visits with contemporary artists, and invitations to members-only exhibition previews and evening receptions. Members of the Chairman’s and Director’s Circle will also attend a private reception that will feature a 2019 State of the Museum update by our Chairman, Tony Principe.

I hope you will join us in making CMATO both a major art destination as well as a fun and engaging personal experience! 

Thank you for supporting the dynamic exhibitions, events and programs that bring our mission to life.

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Wild Wonders  - Family Program
Jan
13
1:00 PM13:00

Wild Wonders - Family Program

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Family Program at CMATO

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Come up close and meet exotic animals under the watchful eyes of zoo keepers (some in training!) from Moorpark Teaching Zoo.

Visitors will have an opportunity to meet and interact with an array of furry friends at “Wild Wonders,” a special wildlife “meet and greet” presented in conjunction with Moorpark Teaching Zoo - one of the only two teaching zoos in the nation.

Visitors can get up close with the Zoo’s animal ambassadors and learn about the habits and characteristics of these amazing creatures in addition to animal ecology, adaptations and endangered species. This fun and interactive family program engages audiences about the wonders of our earth and the animals with whom we share it.

Free For Everyone!

“Wild Wonders” complements the ecologically-conscious works of artist Kevin Sloan, whose “A Collection of Rarities” exhibition, now on view at CMATO, explores the intersection of humanity, nature and wildlife in the modern era.

Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) Program was established as a major at Moorpark College in 1974. In 1990, the EATM Compound was moved to its current location, on a 5 acre site overlooking all of the Moorpark College campus. Animal enclosures were built, and new enclosures are always being constructed. The animal collection has gradually increased over the years as animals were acquired through donations and breeding loans from major zoos and research centers. This extraordinary collection has included exotic animals ranging from Marmosets to an Asian Elephant, Leopard Geckos to Alligators, Turacos to Emus. We currently have a Bengal Tiger, African Lioness, Spotted Hyena, Mountain Lions, a wide variety of Primates, Birds, and many, many other exotic and endangered animals. New animals are continuously being acquired, as space arises.

As the animal collection grew, so did the program. New courses were developed and enrollment increased. The present animal collection, is maintained on a five-acre facility on the Moorpark College campus called  "America's Teaching Zoo".

Students in the Exotic Animal Training and Management program are required to be at America's Teaching Zoo most days, including weekends when we are open to the public. This requirement is in addition to the long hours and days spent working with and caring for the animals, and attending classes. Our Zoo has about 130 different animals at any time, and the students are responsible for most of the care, feeding and well-being of the animals, under close faculty and staff supervision. Responsibility is a key commitment to this program. Graduates of the EATM program are working all over the world, in many different situations involving animals. They are training dolphins and other marine mammals, doing conservation work, training animals for television and films, working at zoos and theme parks, and many other animal jobs.

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Rich Reitzell on California Impressionism
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

Rich Reitzell on California Impressionism

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William Wendt, Old Coast Road

The CMATO Council Proudly Presents:

Come learn about the early Twentieth century Impressionist movement in Southern California that helped define and establish a national awareness of the emergence of California and in particular, Los Angeles and Southern California. The art of the early California Impressionists continues to be popular today among collectors and art lovers, as well as those who appreciate and enjoy the beauty and unspoiled scenes of early southern California scenery, or revel in nostalgic glimpses of a long-forgotten landscape. Reitzell will discuss the evolution of California impressionism, the major artists of the time, share the vibrancy and impact of the movement, and highlight important paintings of the time.


CMATO Members: Free

Non-Members: $20

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A Year with Betty Gold - Private Screening
Jan
6
7:00 PM19:00

A Year with Betty Gold - Private Screening

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Meet Betty Gold

and

film director, Jason McMerty.

The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) will host a private screening of "A Year With Betty Gold," a documentary feature film showcasing the life of the internationally renowned abstract sculptor and painter.

The screening takes place at CMATO alongside Gold's paintings and sculptures and will feature a Q&A with Gold and the film's director, Jason McMerty.

A former Miss Texas, Gold blazed a trail for female artists, emerging as a bona fide pioneer in the male-dominated field of large scale sculpture, with a body of work that spans more than 35 years. She has shown in more than 135 solo and group exhibitions and her work is found in both museums and prominent public and private art collections worldwide.

"A Year With Betty Gold" chronicles the 83 year-old artist's fascinating life story, from her early days as a beauty queen through  the recent installations of her metal sculptures around the world.

Admission is free for CMATO members and $10 for non-members.

Screening takes place surrounded by Betty Gold’s work - part of CMATO’s permanent collection.

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PoeTea - Art, Poetry and Tea on a Sunday Afternoon
Jan
6
3:00 PM15:00

PoeTea - Art, Poetry and Tea on a Sunday Afternoon

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Kevin Sloan, Modern Blindness

MODERN BLINDNESS

By Jennifer Kelley

 The bird hasn’t heard the word of the flame,

She’s hidden behind grandma’s flowers,

choosing darkness over light.


And how like the masses she is today,

embracing modern blindness,

choosing truthiness over truth.

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Join us for PoeTea - a Sunday afternoon that blends poetry and art during an tea service in the main gallery exhibition of Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities.

Join poets from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties as they read their their response to the art of Kevin Sloan.

A tea service with delicious pastries and finger sandwiches will be served during the readings with a discussion afterwards.


Sponsored by Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf!



More about poetry in the exhibition:

Over the past several months, this collective effort has relied upon the generosity of the artistic spirit, and a recognition of the important themes explored in Kevin Sloan’s paintings to create what critic, Carmine Starnino calls the “perfected expression of a sensibility in language”.

Ekphrastic poetry is a long-practiced literary form—art inspired by art—in which writers, undeterred and, sometimes, overwhelmed by the ineffable or, sometimes, searing emotions conjured by the visual arts, (re)turn to language to convey what had, until then, escaped expression on the page. Poets, just as painters, are generally known for their ability to pay attention to the smallest details while keeping in mind a larger message. Writers harness the power of descriptive language, or what the beloved poet, Mary Oliver, calls “the language of particulars” expressed in imagery and through the linguistic strategies of metaphor, simile, allusion and personification. And, though I am not a visual artist, it seems to me that painters rely on similar strategies to convey their messages, to evoke emotion and to inspire deep reflection. 



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PoeTea - Art, Poetry and Tea on a Sunday Afternoon
Dec
9
3:00 PM15:00

PoeTea - Art, Poetry and Tea on a Sunday Afternoon

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Kevin Sloan, Birds of America - Migration Interrupted

INTERROGATION

by Marsha de la O 

A Canada Goose panics,

wound in the coils.

Do you dream

of that thing

you called water?

Do you?

Please.  I can’t

remember.

I don’t know.

Please.  

Join us for PoeTea - a Sunday afternoon that blends poetry and art during an tea service in the main gallery exhibition of Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities.

Join poets from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties as they read their their response to the art of Kevin Sloan.

A tea service with delicious pastries and finger sandwiches will be served during the readings with a discussion afterwards.

CMATO Members: $10

Non-Members: $25

More about poetry in the exhibition:

Over the past several months, this collective effort has relied upon the generosity of the artistic spirit, and a recognition of the important themes explored in Kevin Sloan’s paintings to create what critic, Carmine Starnino calls the “perfected expression of a sensibility in language”.

Ekphrastic poetry is a long-practiced literary form—art inspired by art—in which writers, undeterred and, sometimes, overwhelmed by the ineffable or, sometimes, searing emotions conjured by the visual arts, (re)turn to language to convey what had, until then, escaped expression on the page. Poets, just as painters, are generally known for their ability to pay attention to the smallest details while keeping in mind a larger message. Writers harness the power of descriptive language, or what the beloved poet, Mary Oliver, calls “the language of particulars” expressed in imagery and through the linguistic strategies of metaphor, simile, allusion and personification. And, though I am not a visual artist, it seems to me that painters rely on similar strategies to convey their messages, to evoke emotion and to inspire deep reflection. 

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Rocky Mountain High Experience
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Rocky Mountain High Experience

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The spirit and music of John Denver

with

Rick Schuler

Singer-songwriter Rick Schuler ushers in the sounds of the ‘70s with his “Rocky Mountain High Experience,® A Tribute to John Denver” at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30p.m.

Schuler’s uncanny resemblance, vocals and stage persona have made him the leading performer of John Denver’s music. Schuler’s show offers audiences the most authentic John Denver concert experience by incorporating the country legend’s greatest hits including “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders” and more.

Schuler’s performance captures the essence of the music icon in both his sound and stage presence – it’s an outstanding show for Denver fans.

Concert takes place in the museum’s main gallery featuring the works of Denver artist, Kevin Sloan. An intimate setting to enjoy a tribute to a legendary music career that spanned four decades.

Limited Seating.

CMATO Members: $25

Non-Members: $45

Schuler came into prominence at the age of 16 with his first public performance of “Rocky Mountain High,” which was received with a standing ovation. His musical talent and public appeal subsequently led to television and radio appearances including a feature on The Jack Carney Show, as “the John Denver guy.” With his “Rocky Mountain High Experience,®” Schuler has created a show that features fan favorites 

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Curator Led Walkthrough of "Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities"
Dec
2
3:00 PM15:00

Curator Led Walkthrough of "Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities"

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Kevin Sloan,The Attraction

Please join Lynn Farrand, Senior Curator at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) for a special guided tour of Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities exhibition currently on view in the main gallery.

Learn more about Sloan’s allegorical realism, a term he has coined to refer to his use of objects and environments that are painted in a realistic way but because of the inclusion of unexpected elements, the narrative in the work takes on an allegorical quality.

Also, take a moment with Lynn to examine Sloan’s technique, his use of color and pattern, his composition, all geared to make us marvel at the wonder of the natural world which surrounds us.

CMATO Members: FREE

Non-Members: Included with General Admission

($6 suggested donation)

About Kevin Sloan:

Kevin Sloan is a Denver based painter whose work is characterized by a deep reverence for the natural world.  The often symbolic paintings are an ongoing inquiry into the relationship between the marvel of the natural world and the mundane and often blunt reality of the modern era.  
 
His work is found in numerous private and public collections worldwide including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida and the Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona.


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THE RESOURCE - Movement and Sound Collective
Dec
1
12:00 PM12:00

THE RESOURCE - Movement and Sound Collective

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IT IS DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT FOR DANCERS TO MOVE TO LIVE MUSIC

AND FOR THE AUDIENCE, DANCERS AND MUSICIANS TO ALL FEEL

THE SAME VIBRATIONS AT THE SAME TIME.

IT’S HEALING. IT’S UNIFYING. IT’S EXCITING.

The Resource

The Resource


CMATO is proud to present The Resource - a movement and sound collective - live performance in the museum main gallery.

CMATO Members Free

Non-Members Suggested Donation $10

Two Performances:

12:00PM - 12:30PM

3:00PM - 3:30PM

About the piece:

The ocean is represented by a woman and the moon by a man. They are moving to the sound of ocean waves which are in fact, a recording of the breath of the woman representing the ocean. The piece does not define the relationship between the man and the woman as the viewer may find a myriad of possibilities throughout the performance. Each are powerful and both are willing to push and pull. To be strong and vulnerable. There is a discovery of relationship to self, relationship to other, and relationship to nature. The relationship is not defined because the viewer creates their own story of what relationship they see. This is parallel to life: we cannot be told how to treat nature, we must discover and decide for ourselves to create our own relationship with nature. There is a give and take, an exploration of closeness and awayness and discoveries of support available. There is loss and return, joy and sadness. There is an inherent dynamic between strength and vulnerability as the two move into and away from each other as the Ocean and the Moon. 

About The Resource:

The Resource is a collaborative live music and dance company started by dancer and choreographer, Nathalie Wutkee. The inspiration for starting the company was a need to create combined with a desire to build a live music and movement experience that performers and audience members could share. The Resource creates their own sound and movement for all of their works and premiered with their evening length performance of EL-E-MEN-TAL in October 2017 at The Hillcrest Center for the Arts in Thousand Oaks, California. The Resource hopes that viewers feel a sense of unifying excitement and an encouragement to spark their own creation.


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Family Program - Raptor Force
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Family Program - Raptor Force

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This is your opportunity to experience some of the most majestic birds of the natural world and to gain an insight into the historic art of falconry, the sport of Kings and Queens. To meet a hawk, owl, falcon and turkey vulture up close is a fascinating experience for children and adults. Participants will learn about falconry basics, about the habits of raptors and hear all about their personal stories.


CMATO Members: Free

Non-Members: $10

Children Free

Complements Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities exhibition


Nature of Wildworks

The Nature of Wildworks, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), was founded by Mollie Hogan in 1995 to bring to life her vision of providing interactive wildlife educational programs to enhance the public's understanding of nature and the environment while also ensuring lifetime quality care for non-releasable wild animals.

At our Wildlife Care and Education Center in Topanga, California, we provide a home for over 50 animals, mostly species native to California, who were either displaced from zoos, confiscated illegally owned "pets", or rescued orphaned or injured wildlife.

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Curator Led Walkthrough of "Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities"
Nov
17
3:00 PM15:00

Curator Led Walkthrough of "Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities"

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Kevin Sloan, Our Gentle Giant

Please join Lynn Farrand, Senior Curator at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) for a special guided tour of Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities exhibition currently on view in the main gallery.

Learn more about Sloan’s allegorical realism, a term he has coined to refer to his use of objects and environments that are painted in a realistic way but because of the inclusion of unexpected elements, the narrative in the work takes on an allegorical quality.

Also, take a moment with Lynn to examine Sloan’s technique, his use of color and pattern, his composition, all geared to make us marvel at the wonder of the natural world which surrounds us.

CMATO Members: FREE

Non-Members: Included with General Admission

($6 suggested donation)

About Kevin Sloan:

Kevin Sloan is a Denver based painter whose work is characterized by a deep reverence for the natural world.  The often symbolic paintings are an ongoing inquiry into the relationship between the marvel of the natural world and the mundane and often blunt reality of the modern era.  
 
His work is found in numerous private and public collections worldwide including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida and the Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona


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Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities
Nov
8
to Feb 17

Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities

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About the Artist

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Kevin Sloan is a Denver based painter working primarily with acrylic on canvas and occasionally drawings and paintings on paper.  

Growing up in Des Moines, Iowa his early interest in art was nurtured by student classes at the Des Moines Art Center and in particular by their Artist in Residence, Frank Limone.  It was clear upon high school graduation he would continue to study art in college.  

He received a BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art where he studied with Stephen Greene and Stanley Whitney. He continued his formal education at the University of Arizona studying with James G. Davis, where he received an MFA in Painting in 1984.

His curiosity and love of travel has led him to live and work in a wide variety of cities across the United States including San Francisco, New York City, New Orleans, Key West, FL and Santa Fe, NM.  All these locales have had a lasting impact on his practice.

Sloan’s work is characterized by a deep reverence for the natural world.  The often symbolic paintings are an ongoing inquiry into the relationship between the marvel of the natural world and the mundane and often blunt reality of the modern era.  More poetic than merely descriptive, the work moves between direct starkness and lush theatricality. Recurring paired themes are fragility and strength, wonder and sorrow, and loss and resiliency. 

In addition to his studio practice, he has been a visiting artist in residence at universities around the United States and occasionally teaches upper level painting classes in Denver.  He exhibits regularly in one-person and group exhibits around the country.  

His work is found in numerous private and public collections worldwide including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona,  Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida and the Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona.

 

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POWER:  A Performance and Experiential Workshop with artist Michele Benzamin-Miki
Sep
8
2:00 PM14:00

POWER: A Performance and Experiential Workshop with artist Michele Benzamin-Miki

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Michele will take in hand her Japanese sword and paintbrush in a Performance piece that portrays in poetic movement, her creative process in her visual arts.  

In the workshop she will take you through some of the meditations she uses before she paints, and guide you through some visualizations in order to access and evoke your inner resources and power.

In these visualizations you will create your own imaginary sword and paintbrush, to help you cut through any obstacles in your creative process and life, and then paint a bright new and colorful picture for you to step into.  

There will be a Q&A afterwards.

$25  CMATO Members

$35 Non-Members

RSVP at info@cmato.org or

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Michele is a visual and performance artist whose work is exhibited internationally. She integrates her art into her healing and personal transformation work, and has inspired and changed the lives of thousands of her students and clients by helping them utilize the power of their imagination. She has worked with conscious entrepreneurs, front line activists, gifted artists and visionaries of all kinds who are passionate about their work and have a strong desire to create positive impact in their communities and in the world.

She is one the world’s highest ranking women in the martial arts of Aikido and Iaido Sword, and teaches both in the US and Japan. She has facilitated non-violence and diversity trainings, meditation, mindfulness, and creativity; for organizations, schools, within the prison system, and on reservations;  for three decades. She has left a legacy of continued programs and education in those places.

She has led transformational workshops, retreats, and trainings for over three decades internationally, and has a background in monastic training. She has taught and practiced hypnosis and NLP for twenty-five years. 

As someone of mixed Japanese and European heritage, she passionately believes that we can come into our beauty and power by thinking outside all the boxes that we have been squeezed into; and that authentic self-expression means crossing all the imaginary borders, to integrate every aspect of your life.

Michele with her partner Caitriona Reed are co-founders of Five Changes as well as co-creators and stewards of the land at Manzanita Village Retreat.

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CMATO Council Speaker Series - POWER and ART
Sep
5
7:00 PM19:00

CMATO Council Speaker Series - POWER and ART

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The CMATO Council Speaker Series - Enjoying Art - Entertaining and informative presentations for all -  Novice to Knowledgeable with Rich Reitzell, an art enthusiast, avid collector, and author of From a Versatile Brush the Life and Art of Jean Mannheim. He is a member of the CMATO Board of Directors.

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POWER and ART

A companion to the current museum exhibition, POWER, the talk will focus on the intersection of art and power, including examples of the power of art.

"Art and power- two words that don’t seem to naturally fit together. Power conveys a sense of influence, drama, action, and suggests a variety of intense images - the roar of rocket, waves crashing against a rocky shoreline, lightning piercing a night sky, or even the smooth muscular strides of horse racing’s recent  Triple Crown champion Justified charging down the home stretch.

In contrast, for many of us, art conjures images of contemplation in a quiet museum, a flurried paint pattern of a contemporary work, or beautiful landscapes dappled with soft pastel tones that comfortably immerse us into a relaxing place or moment. And yet, throughout the annals of time and history two threads are continually evident- the power and impact of the written word and the visual image. "

 

Lecturer: Rich Reitzell

 

Location: CMATO Museum

 

Fee:  $10 Non-Member, Free for Members

 

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Michael Pearce on Art & Power
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Michael Pearce on Art & Power

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Just Announced!

Special Talk with Artist Michael Pearce on Art & Power.

Michael Pearce is a British figurative painter known for his large allegorical narratives that use symbolism and renaissance philosophy as as starting point. He is a professor at California Lutheran University, and is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence", a remarkable book about the aesthetics of representational art in the emergent age.

CMATO is delighted that Michael Pearce will be sharing extracts from his upcoming book on Art & Power with our community.

Free Event for CMATO Members

$10 for Non-Members

 

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CMATO Council Proudly Presents: Brillig Manor Tour & Reception with Artist Darlene Graeser
Aug
12
4:00 PM16:00

CMATO Council Proudly Presents: Brillig Manor Tour & Reception with Artist Darlene Graeser

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CMATO Council Proudly Presents:

Brillig Manor Tour & Reception with Artist Darlene Graeser

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Reserve Space By August 7, 2018

Join the CMATO Council for a fantastical tour of one of the most unique homes in Thousand Oaks - Brillig Manor. The home, named after Alice in Wonderland’s whimsical “Jabberwocky” poem, overflows with bold, playful symbolic works that delight. Reception follows tour with artist Darlene Graeser.

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$35 per person (CMATO Member)

  • $45 per person (Non-Member)

Address & More Information Will Be Emailed To You Before Event.

To Reserve Space By Phone or For More Information:

805-405-5240

info@cmato.org

 

About CMATO Council

The CMATO Council is a substantial fundraising arm for the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks. Volunteers (Council Members) are dedicated to helping the museum fulfill its mission to engage, educate, inspire, and elevate the human spirit through palette of Art.

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To learn more about the Council please contact:

Ricki Mikkelsen, Chair

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Artist Talk: Michele Benzamin-Miki
Jul
14
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talk: Michele Benzamin-Miki

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Arc , Graphite and Sumi Ink on Paper, 2016  - Michele Benzamin-Miki  ,  CMATO's Featured Artist

Arc, Graphite and Sumi Ink on Paper, 2016

-Michele Benzamin-Miki, CMATO's Featured Artist

Meet Michele Benzamin-Miki and learn more about her work and perspective on what's powerful today.

Talk takes place inside exhibition gallery featuring Benzamin-Miki's award winning works.  Complimentary admission. Refreshments provided.

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What's powerful today?  

I believe power can be misused when it becomes power over others, even if benevolent. What I choose to view as true power is when it is a power with others, empowering, and bringing out the best in oneself and others; then we can get outside of our structures of power, social, economic, political, religious and so on, in order to create systems that are flexible, changing to what is useful for the times, and appropriate to whom it serves.

Each individual is powerful. Power ultimately is a capacity within us, a seed if you will, that awaits growth and expansion of our capacity to meet our lives and the challenges and obstacles of any situation with grace, ease and solutions. Most often these very difficult events of our life bring forth this capacity. When conditions are right or choices are made available to us, individuals can turn an external challenge around, whether it is environmental, social, political, and so on. I believe these structural systems do not have lasting power. 

ABOUT MICHELLE BENZAMIN-MIKI

Michelle's  art is  an intersection between East and West, Realism and Abstraction, reflecting her Japanese and North American heritage. She uses large calligraphic brushes with sumi inks on paper, moving from ‘point zero’ of inner stillness towards an expansive awareness, before or during the  creative process. Michelle  teaches  the non-violent martial arts of Aikido and Iaido Sword, in which she holds two fifth-degree and one sixth-degree black-belt ranking.  She is the Co-founder of Five Changes and Manzanita Village Retreat Center near Warner Springs, in  Southern California, where her studio is located, and where she works with clients and leads retreats.

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Elevation,  Graphite and Sumi Ink on Paper, 2016

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Selection of  Galleries and Awards

  • Solo Exhibition at Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art, Las Vegas NV
  • Hammer Museum, Westwood, CA
  • Sunset Boulevard Billboard Display, Los Angeles CA
  • Brand Library Art Gallery, Glendale CA.
  • TAG Gallery, Santa Monica CA
  • Grey McGear Fine Arts Gallery, Santa Monica CA
  • Studio Channel Islands Black-box Gallery, Camarillo CA
  • Hud/Dab Gallery CA
  • MD Gallery, Los Angeles CA
  • Arc Gallery, San Francisco CA
  • Soma Arts Institute,  San Francisco CA.
  • Noel Baza Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego CA
  • Solo show at Infusion Gallery, Los Angeles CA
  • Soho Gallery, Studio City CA
  • Lark Gallery Online Gallery, co-ordinating with several group shows Los Angeles CA
  • Jarvis Center, New York
  • Awards for Best in show, first prize, and  honorable mentions at shows curated by Laddie Dill John, Jim Morphesis, Kent Twichell, Peter Mays.
  • California Legislature Assembly, Certification of Recognition for my art – 43rd Assembly district Mike Gatto.
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POWER Exhibition Opening
Jul
12
4:00 PM16:00

POWER Exhibition Opening

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-MICHELE BENZAMIN-MIK, CMATO's Featured Artist

THE THEME FOR OUR 2ND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL JURIED ART OPEN CALL IS POWER.

ARTISTS WERE ASKED TO APPROACH THIS THEME IN A CRITICAL WAY IN RELATION TO THEIR OWN PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT'S POWERFUL TODAY.

Featuring:

Michele Benzamin-Mik, Featured Artist

Douglas Turner, Contributing Artist

Luciana Abait, Contributing Artist

David Weed, Honorable Mention

 

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Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Pop Up Art Festival - Cortia Kent at The Oaks

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Totally Free Event (thanks City of Thousand Oaks)

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In collaboration with the Corita Art Center and CSUCI, CMATO will be presenting a one day Pop Up exhibition featuring Corita Kent's works.

Thanks to CSUCI, we will have a screen printing activity, where guests will be able to screen print on a tote bag which they can take away for free!  This will from 12PM - 3PM.

At 1:30PM, we will be having a Happening and we will also be giving away "Happening" bags to guests that stop by.

Finally, since Corita's 100th birthday is in November, the Corita Art Center has offered for us to be part of a regional art project celebrating her life. It's a simple cardboard activity, but it's so cool that we can be part of her celebration.

Also, we decided get Corita merchandise - posters, t-shirts and a few tote bags available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the museum and Corita Art Center.

 

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NeuroDrumming 7-Week Series
May
15
to Jun 25

NeuroDrumming 7-Week Series

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California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks proudly presents NeuroDrumming-Yoga for the Brain, 7-week series. NeuroDrumming's unique classes focus on musical training and brain fitness strategies, coupled with a creative and progressive approach to the artful use of afro-rock music. Learn how to improve memory, boost brain power, and fuel your own happiness! If you’re new to NeuroDrumming, you’ll immediately know you’ve found something special.  Here’s your chance to have extraordinary improve your health while having F-U-N!

ADULT GROUP CLASSES | 7 WEEK SERIES

Beginner- LEVEL 1

New to NeuroDrumming? Looking to review the basics and deepen your practice? This is the class for you! Level 1 is an excellent class for those new to NeuroDrumming and those that are looking to re-examine their technique. In this class, we will introduce fundamentals, breath work, Rhythmic Mantras, World-beat and Afro-Rock grooves. Learn proper rudiments for your hands, build a strong foundation and further your drumming practice in a safe, grounded and supportive space. Find the center, rediscover positivity and embrace the drummer’s path.

No musical experience necessary. All instruments provided. If you have heartbeat you have rhythm. Class are 1 hr. per week | 7 weeks | $129

All instruments provided. 10 % discount for CMATO members, students and seniors 65+ Space is limited. Register Today! www.NEURODRUMMING.com

Pamela Lynn-Seraphine is a world percussionist, author, brain fitness coach and creator of NeuroDrumming- Yoga For The Brain. She is a visionary pioneer in the field of rhythmic brain training for healthy aging. Her twenty plus years’ experience in world drumming and studies in psychology and neuroscience led her to integrate her teachings with scientific findings into multi-sensory brain fitness programs.

Pamela earned a B.A. & M.S. in Psychology (Magna cum laude) with a concentration in Sports Psychology and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University. She is a Certified Brain Fitness Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and active board member of the Percussive Arts Society’s Scholarly Research Committee. Pamela is the author of The Drummer’s Manifesto: Empowering Your Musical Brain for Optimal Health and is dedicated to bringing the art and science of drumming to the forefront of healthy aging interventions.

“Pamela Lynn-Seraphine is a transformational innovator that is preparing us for the 21st century of music entrainment. To be involved with her is to step into your soul and begin a path of discovery."  -Dom Famularo, Drumming's Global Ambassador"

 

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Mother's Day Gifts - From Your Best Friend
May
6
10:00 AM10:00

Mother's Day Gifts - From Your Best Friend

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What us dog lovers really want for Mother's Day!

An Artwork from our Best Friend!

Unleash your dog's inner Pawcasso with this unique art experience at the Museum with this fun Paw Prints Activity.

Each dog will paint their own masterpiece for you to take home and cherish.

Members Free

Suggested Donation for Non-Members:  $5

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NEURODRUMMING-YOGA FOR THE BRAIN
Apr
16
6:00 PM18:00

NEURODRUMMING-YOGA FOR THE BRAIN

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Make Your Life a Living Piece of Art! California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks proudly presents NeuroDrumming-Yoga for the Brain, 1.5 hr Workshop.

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Here’s your chance to have extraordinary F-U-N while developing a healthy brain, body and spirit. You will learn science-based methods of rhythmic brain fitness training to boost brain power, increase mental clarity, reduce stress, and fuel your happiness! A healthy brain creates more opportunities for success in every aspect of life.  No previous musical experience necessary. If you have heartbeat you have rhythm. All instruments provided. 10 % discount for CMATO members, students and seniors 65+ Space is limited. TICKETS $35 Register Today!

 

Pamela Lynn-Seraphine is a world percussionist, author, brain fitness coach and creator of NeuroDrumming- Yoga For The Brain. She is a visionary pioneer in the field of rhythmic brain training for healthy aging. Her twenty plus years’ experience in world drumming and studies in psychology and neuroscience led her to integrate her teachings with scientific findings into multi-sensory brain fitness programs.

Pamela earned a B.A. & M.S. in Psychology (Magna cum laude) with a concentration in Sports Psychology and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at California Southern University. She is a Certified Brain Fitness Coach, Certified Personal Trainer, and active board member of the Percussive Arts Society’s Scholarly Research Committee. Pamela is the author of The Drummer’s Manifesto: Empowering Your Musical Brain for Optimal Health and is dedicated to bringing the art and science of drumming to the forefront of healthy aging interventions.

“Pamela Lynn-Seraphine is a transformational innovator that is preparing us for the 21st century of music entrainment. To be involved with her is to step into your soul and begin a path of discovery."  -Dom Famularo, Drumming's Global Ambassador"

 

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CANDIDE!  A CMATO Council Special Event
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

CANDIDE! A CMATO Council Special Event

You are cordially invited to spend the afternoon with your CMATO friends enjoying Conejo Players Theater exclusive performance of CANDIDE.

As our former chairman of the board (Dick Johnson) is the director of this production, we have the unique opportunity to provide our CMATO members and friends an exclusive performance of Candide and a special after-show backstage reception and Silent Auction with the ensemble. Thank You Conejo Players!

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The CMATO Board and Council, a group of dedicated volunteers, are sponsoring the event.

Come join in the fun and commemorate Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday. Another great CMATO Council event where we get to spend the afternoon together, experiencing great art and appreciating Voltaire's wit.

About CMATO:

The Museum's mission is to engage, educate, inspire, and elevate the human spirit through palette of Art.

$50 Ticket ($30 is tax-deductible - Thank You

 

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Panel Discussion with New Media Artists
Jan
20
3:30 PM15:30

Panel Discussion with New Media Artists

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Admission Free

 

Recommended for Mature Audiences

CMATO's goal is to introduce the community to prominent contemporary artists working in diverse mediums.

Strings: Data and the Self, is the West Coast premiere exhibition of groundbreaking new media artists that challenge “traditional” notions of art making.

The artists in the exhibition are known in Paris, London, Chicago and Singapore but are not usually seen in this beautiful hamlet of Thousand Oaks. We have curators Joel Kuennen and Riccardo Zagorodnev to thank for bringing these gifted artists to CMATO. 

Featuring:

Branger_Briz is a full service digital agency and lab made up of artists, strategists, educators and programmers bent on articulating contemporary culture.  Based in Miami FL, Chicago IL, and Cali, Colombia, they create work that provides context and perspective on the misunderstood aspects of the digital landscape.

Amanda Turner Pohan received her BFA from The School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Hunter College. Pohan is currently working on The Linqox Criss Cycle, a five-part series of installations detailing the journey of Second Lifeavatar Linqox Criss as she slips between digital and physical embodiment.

Jennifer Chan is a Canadian video and media artist and curator based in Toronto. Her work addresses internet pop culture, specifically the representation of masculinity and the various constructions of femininity under the male gaze.

Shawné Michaelain Holloway  is a Chicago based new media artist using sound, video, and performance to shape the rhetorics of technology and sexuality into tools for exposing structures of power.

Moderated by Joel Kuennen, ArtSlant Senior Editor

 

 

 

 

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Network Data Safari Workshop
Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

Network Data Safari Workshop

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Network Data Safari Workshop: Learn what Wifi actually is and how it works w/ Branger_Briz

 

(Nick Briz and Brannon Dorsey)

Branger_Briz will lead participants on a tour through the city visualizing all the invisible Wifi data floating all around us via a custom built network application. Participants will access the custom app on their smart-phones and use it to scan and analyze the data in different parts of the city. Branger_Briz will lead participants through a series of discussions and Wifi hacking demonstrations as well as explanations on basic privacy measures and practices that can be taken to limit your wireless footprint in the wild. The data collected during the safari will be brought back to the gallery at the end of the workshop and added to the ProbeKit installation.

The Wifi Data Safari is a digital literacy workshop developed to articulate a set of privacy concerns related to wireless networking by interactively demonstrating security risks and educating Internet users on how basic wireless networking works so they can better understand and appreciate these privacy concerns.

Recommended for 16+

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