7:00 PM19:00

A performance by artists Gretchen Frances Bennett and mmuumm (Brit Ruggirello)

Performance + Exhibition Reception


The Board of Trustees and Director/CEO Joseph Rosa invite you to a special performance by Seattle-based artists Gretchen Frances Bennettand mmuumm (Brit Ruggirello), followed by a reception celebrating Bennett’s solo exhibition Air, the free or unconfined space above the surface of the earth. Please join us to experience this special, one-night-only collaborative performance ruminating on the fluidity of identity and the interconnectedness of all things.

The performance will take the form of a newly composed musical score of processed sound by mmuumm (Brit Ruggirello) overlaid with the reading of a short lyric essay by Gretchen Frances Bennett. The musical score will be tuned to 432 Hz, which is said to be consistent with the natural vibrational frequency of the universe and to have cosmic healing properties. Bennett's spoken piece tracks her search for freedom and authenticity through the lens of personal milestones like navigating the awkward passage from childhood to adolescence and adulthood.

Friday, March 15, 2019 
7:00 – 9:30 pm

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to Sep 30

Becoming American



For an upcoming group exhibition, Becoming American, I've created a new work, a personal essay, that explores personal and historical memory in the context of the everyday, particularly the weeks directly following 9/11 in New York City.

From the exhibition website: Exploring how artists engage the ongoing challenges of American iconography, identity, history, and formal inheritances, Becoming American is an international group exhibition taking place on the grounds of the American and English camps on San Juan Island, WA, and satellite venues in the city of Seattle.

The exhibition ranges from commissions responsive to the layered dynamics of the primary venue—including the park’s history as a traditional home to Coastal Salish people, the location of the last territorial dispute between the United States and Great Britain, its imminent proximity to Canada, and exceptional natural beauty—to works across media that delve into and question the perhaps permanently contested, never-to-be-resolved nature of the larger understanding of the Americas.

Literal and conceptual borders alike are pushed via moving image, painting, sculpture, photography, textile, and sound and performance works that open up the provocation and prompt of the exhibition’s title to multiple readings. Animating the architecture of extant buildings—comprised of preserved storehouse, barracks, blockhouse and hospital structures, Becoming American extends its reach into group and solo presentations in Seattle to create a call and response between rural and urban contexts.

With immersive installations and key historical works presented alongside artist texts and performative gesture, the exhibition underscores an ongoing inquiry and transitive approach to themes of race, gender, place, and cultural heritage embedded within the larger practices of contributing artists. Actively rehearsing, analyzing, and playing with ideological stances and narrative, the works on view encourage audiences to engage and reflect upon the uneasy imaginary of what it means to strive toward becoming American today.   —FM


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