“Living as Form: The Nomadic Version” opens Sept. 14 with an Opening Night Gallery Hop.
Co-organized by Creative Time and Independent Curators International and assembled in collaboration with the John J. McDonough Museum of Art, “Living as Form” runs through Nov. 9 at collaborating host venues throughout the area, including the Lemon Grove, the Green Team of Mahoning County, the YSU Center for Working Class Studies, Trumbull Art Gallery, Youngstown Business Incubator Gallery on Federal Plaza West, Fellows Riverside Gardens, the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County, Cedar’s Lounge, OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center, YSU-SMARTS Center, Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library and the Raymond John Wean Foundation.
Dreaming Youngstown: An Open Library of Possibilities brings together people from all walks of life to collectively dream and envision the kinds of interactions, services, physical structures, and experiences people of Youngstown want in their lives. Any idea within the repository of dreams may be reworked into a new idea, vision or project, and put into action by anyone. The aim is not to develop a plan, but rather to create a wide span of possibilities, so that when opportunities come, there are many options on the table. Dreaming Youngstown: An Open Library of Possibilities is on view at the SYSTEMS Gallery at YBI.
Free public bus tours highlighting ideas from the library will take place Friday, September 14, Saturday, September 29, Saturday, October 20 from 3:30-5:00pm. Each tour will begin at 3:30pm sharp at the former State Theater in downtown 213 West Federal Street. To RSVP and reserve your spot on the bus, please visit www.dreamingyoungstown.com.
MYTOWN: understanding how place matters to local youth / A Photo Project will be on display at the Lemon Grove 110 Federal Plaza West and the SMARTS Center, 258 Federal Plaza West in downtown Youngstown from September 14 – November 9, 2012. MYTOWN was a joint project of the McDonough Museum of Art and Just for Kids, an Ursuline Sisters youth program. Thirteen middle and high school participants worked with an experienced photographer, youth educators, museum staff and community thinkers and doers. They went on photo shoots to 14 different locations and spent considerable time, sharing their findings, their vision for the future and in honing their craft. The exhibition features over 70 examples of work from the more then 2,000 images captured. The photographs have been divided into two exhibitions, one on display at the Lemon Grove and the other at the SMARTS Center. This project was supported by a grant from The Raymond John Wean Foundation.
Youngstown Complaints Choir Youngstowners of all ages are invited to join the Youngstown Complaints Choir at the Mc- Donough Museum of Art. The Youngstown Complaints Choir – part of an international movement of complaints choirs (com- plaintschoir.org) – aims to engage people in discussion about issues ranging from the personal to the communal, the local to the global through song. For information email@example.com.
Beads for Trees at Fellows Riverside Gardens, with Ed Hallahan is an interactive bead stringing workshop to decorate and honor trees at Fellows Riverside Garden. The open workshops are September 13, 14, 15 and 16, and take place Thursday 1-7pm, Friday – Sunday 11-5pm. Increase the beauty of your day and bead a tree the.
Witness 4 by Redhand is about the memory of buildings and site location. It is also about the returning of the image of the building and site to the earth thereby grounding the image and recognizing a larger cyclical time/space event. The exhibition is on display at the McDonough Museum of Art on the campus of YSU.
Celebration of Life: Images of Trumbull Traditions Revisited the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County at The Raymond John Wean Foundation.
Community Conscience: A Mural Project for the Juvenile Justice Center of Mahoning County. A collaboration with the JJC, McDonough Museum of Art and Youngstown State University’s Department of Art. The project includes four murals designed for the walls of the county’s juvenile courtrooms and hearing offices, along with a billboard. The murals depict themes of community, social justice, respect for the rights of individuals, the institutions that protect those rights and related themes.
The opening night Gallery Hop includes the following events:
6 to 8 p.m. at SYSTEMS Gallery at the Youngstown Business Incubator in downtown Youngstown. Opening Lara Almarcegui and Begoña Movellán Hotel Fuentes de Ebro, 1997; Chto delat? (What’s to be done?) Angry Sandwich people or in a Praise of Dialectic, 2006; Los Angeles Poverty Department Agents & Assets, 2001. Also on display will be “Dreaming Youngstown: An Open Library of Possibilities.” The works will be on exhibit through Nov. 9.
6 to 8 p.m. McDonough Museum of Art. Among the work to be exhibited is Chemi Rosado-Seijo El Cerro 2002 Katerina Šedá There Is Nothing There 2003; Rick Lowe Project Row Houses 1993; Women on Waves 2001; Navin Rawanchaikul Mahakad Art Festival: Epic Arts in the Market 2010–2011c; Ultra-Red War on the Poor 2007; Elin Wikström What would happen if everybody did this? 1993.
Cedar’s Lounge 8-12 p.m. Screenings of The Complaints Choir; Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla TIZA (Lima), 1998-2002; Voina, 2007. These three videos will be on view outside under the stars, weather permitting. Inside will screen the Funeral Procession for Big Chief Allison “Tootie” Montana, 2005. Cedar’s Lounge will have no cover from 8 to 9:30pm.
6 to 8 p.m. YSU SMARTS Center and the Lemon Grove. MYTOWN will be on display at the Lemon Grove 110 Federal Plaza West and the SMARTS Center, 258 Federal Plaza West in downtown Youngstown. MYTOWN was a joint project of the McDonough Museum of Art and Just for Kids, an Ursuline Sisters youth program. Thirteen middle and high school participants worked with an experienced photographer, youth educators, museum staff and community thinkers and doers. The exhibition features over 70 examples of work from the more then 2,000 images captured. The photographs have been divided into two exhibitions, one on display at the Lemon Grove and the other at the SMARTS Center.