The Proposal

Claiming Places: Unity, Ownership, and “Hogar” (Home) is a concerted effort to use art to reveal, question, engage and stimulate community dialogue on questions of "ownership” and the consequences of making a space your own.  Exhibiting works from a muralist, a choreographer,  installation artist, and a local community artist,  the places explored in this cycle will be both communal and personal. They are perceived in architecture and design and are based on intentional decisions made or not made by both individuals and the community. Subsequently, the exhibition cycle will delve into the meaning, implication and outcomes of these choices. Ultimately, it will be a chance for Taller to examine what it means to be a part of something larger as Taller takes additional steps in its quest to build a new state of the art cultural center in the heart of its community.

The season will consist of performance art, installations, two dimensional work; the use of non-traditional exhibit space like Taller’s newly developed exhibition area, “El Vestíbulo”, at the entrance of its store; and 2 panel discussions. These conversations will be comprised of artists (including those from the exhibitions), activists, scholars and local citizens who will analyze these transformational forces and provide context and open dialogue. Dialogue will be further supported, encouraged and promoted through Taller’s website, in which information, i.e. back-story on each show, is updated throughout the cycle; essays on the exhibit by Taller’s curator, the Executive Director, Architect J.C. Calderon and others; detailed information on the panels, topics, panelists and bio’s etc. will be included.  Concurrently, Taller’s Education Program participants will be exploring the questions posed by this curatorial proposition resulting in the already mentioned exhibition in The Vestibule.

“Claiming Places” explores these themes through the exploration of different spaces, the work of four artists, both local and regional, and the work of Taller’s education program participants. Artists and participants will be given artistic freedom to explore topics of history, community and space and consider the pressures of flux versus permanence and the impact of these on identity, resistance, resilience, rootedness, development, and connectedness.