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Park Studio: RING

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Park Studio: Ring, 2010
Park Studio: Ring, 2010, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Park Studio: Ring, 2010, Installation view
Park Studio: Ring, 2010, Installation view, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Park Studio: Ring, 2010
Park Studio: Ring, 2010, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Park Studio: Ring, 2010
Park Studio: Ring, 2010, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Park Studio: Ring, 2010
Park Studio: Ring, 2010, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Park Studio: Ring, 2010, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Park Studio: Ring, 2010, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Park Studio: Ring, 2010
Park Studio: Ring, 2010, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Park Studio: Ring, 2010
Park Studio: Ring, 2010, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Park Studio: Ring, 2010
Park Studio: Ring, 2010, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Park Studio: Ring, 2010
Park Studio: Ring, 2010, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Park Studio: Ring, 2010
Park Studio: Ring, 2010, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Park Studio: Ring, 2010
Park Studio: Ring, 2010, Santa Monica Museum of Art
Park Studio: Ring, 2010
Park Studio: Ring, 2010, Santa Monica Museum of Art

Park Studio is the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s signature free outreach program offered to neighborhood high school students during spring break. This year, SMMoA’s Park Studio collaborates with the LA Opera for Ring Festival LA, which runs from April 15 to June 30, 2010. An exhibition of student work inspired by the themes of Richard Wagner’s opera, Der Ring des Nibelungen, entitled Park Studio: RING, will be on view at SMMoA from May 15 through August 21, 2010. Park Studio is developed and organized by Asuka Hisa, SMMoA`s Director of Education.

This summer, LA Opera unveils the first complete performances of Richard Wagner`s Ring Cycle ever presented in Los Angeles. In celebration of this monumental event, LA Opera has joined forces with Los Angeles’ cultural and educational institutions to stage the first significant citywide cultural festival since the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival. SMMoA’s partnership with the LA Opera for Ring Festival LA aligns with the goals of the Park Studio program.

For Park Studio: RING, approximately twenty high school students will learn about Richard Wagner’s seminal work and explore the symbolism of the ring in the opera–power, jealousy, desire–which has parallels in today’s culture. They will participate in Ring Cycle discussions with SMMoA’s educators, collaborating artists, and guest speakers, visit the backstage of the LA Opera, and enjoy a dress rehearsal of Götterdämmerung. Finally, with the help of environmental artist Gordon Bowen and his Arts ReFoundry Atelier (a portable foundry made completely from recycled materials), students will interpret the meaning and power of the ring to cast their own original bronze ring-shaped sculptures. The exhibition of the student’s bronze works will be displayed at SMMoA from May 15 to August 21, 2010.

Park Studio takes interdisciplinary art education outside museum walls and into the community. This free program is held annually during the spring break, when contemporary artists lead workshops, art history lessons, and field trips to cultural sites. Park Studio is open to high school students residing or attending school in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District. Students enrolled at Santa Monica`s Olympic High School, a continuation school, may receive a full semester credit toward earning their high school diploma. SMMoA presents this program in partnership with the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department and the Teen Center at Virginia Avenue Park.

For over 10 years, Park Studio has provided unforgettable and formative experiences for teens. Through transformative experiences of art making and collaboration with established artists and organizations, participants gain access to ideas and opportunities that have the potential to shape their adult lives.