A woman is said to have come up to him one day and said, looking upon one of his paintings, “My child could do that.” He responded, “Yes, ma’am, but could you?"
For the month of August, signs and symbols presents the second annual edition of artists & allies: a dynamic program of multimedia and time-based work, screenings and performances. Conceived as an experimental glimpse into our program and upcoming season, a selection of work will be on view of artists of the gallery. Ally artists will also contribute work and discourse. However, this year, to acknowledge the importance that ‘community’ and ‘family’ have meant to the creation and perseverance of ‘signs and symbols’ over the last year and half, this years ‘allies’ include not only artists who support or are otherwise aligned with the gallery’s mission, but also the talented an inspiring sons and daughters of our creators and performers as well. Indeed, to celebrate the tradition of value of a child’s imagination and its unparalleled openness to the beauty of the universe, the children of our ‘artists and allies’ have been invited to contribute exciting and fresh new ideas. For it takes a village, not only to raise a child, but to also to grow a gallery.
A weekly screening and/or performance will take place. Musical interventions will be accompanied by movement and dance in several live acts, experimental performance workshops will follow film and historic video screenings; readings and happenings intermix alongside an old-fashioned lemonade stand. Devised with the intent for fun, dialogue, overlap and exchange, our summer program is not a singular position, but a multifaceted, open-ended alternative to a summer group show.