SAN DIEGO, CA.- The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
is presenting Yve Laris Cohen: Meeting Ground from April 19 through September 2, 2018 at its downtown location.
The work of San Diego-born, New York-based artist Yve Laris Cohen often considers the architecture and latent histories of theatrical spaces, through installations and performances that highlight states of transition--in bodies and buildings alike.
For Laris Cohen's exhibition--his first solo museum presentation on the West Coast--the artist takes as his starting point MCASD La Jolla's current expansion, a construction endeavor involving the conversion of Sherwood Auditorium into gallery space. On the occasion of Sherwood's disappearance, Laris Cohen has engaged in an excavation of the history of the auditorium and, in turn, of the Museum itself. His installation transposes architectural and archival elements of Sherwood to the museum's downtown building, effectively extending the life of the former civic space. There is a striking symmetry in this gesture: just as Sherwood Auditorium is transformed into a gallery, the artist transforms a gallery into Sherwood Auditorium.
Laris Cohen's project considers not just material artifacts of the building, but also the labor that supported the auditorium's programs and maintenance. As part of the exhibition, a former Sherwood events technician, Michael Scheer, has been contracted to assist with a weekly event taking place in the installation. These events point to Sherwood's complex legacy, raising questions about the Museum's parameters and its constituencies, both in the past and the present.
An event will occur every Saturday from 2-4 PM, now through September 2, 2018.
Yve Laris Cohen: Meeting Ground is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.