Conversations and Reception for "Ranu Mukherjee" and "The Companions"
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Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, copyright Henrik Kam
Ranu Mukherjee in conversation with Claudia Schmuckli, Curator in Charge, Contemporary Art and Programming.
Anthony Discenza, Gary Rydstrom, and Josh Gold in conversation with Elizabeth Thomas, Director of Public Engagement.
ReceptionRanu Mukherjee: A Bright StageWilsey CourtJuly 14, 2018–January 20, 2019
Combining printed linen, embroidered silk, paint, and animation, Ranu Mukherjee’s A Bright Stage metaphorically transforms the de Young atrium into a grove of banyan trees. Native to India, the banyan tree is sacred to people of diverse faiths as a symbol of fertility, life, and resurrection. The canopies of mature banyans often reach such significant scales that they come to define the outdoor meeting places that form the social, commercial, and political core of many Indian communities. A frequent site of public executions during British rule in India from 1858 to 1947, the banyan tree is also a symbol of India’s fight against colonial power and was declared the country’s national tree upon its declaration of independence in 1947. Responding to the history and architecture of the de Young, A Bright Stage reflects on the cultural and spatial perspectives of the museum. Invoking the banyan’s form and mystical and political connotations, the installation accentuates the atrium’s physical qualities and its role as a social gathering space.The Companions: Sounds for a Lost ScreenplayHamon Observation TowerJune 17–September 4, 2018
The Companions: Sounds for a Lost Screenplay is a cinematic audio environment conceived by artist Anthony Discenza in collaboration with Skywalker Sound’s Gary Rydstrom and Josh Gold. Discenza, an artist who often works with imagined or withheld narratives, approached the sound designers with research around the troubled history of The Companions, an unrealized screenplay from the 1980s, for use as the basis of a site-specific sound composition. By shifting the vocabulary of sound design away from the audiovisual space of film, and into the Hamon Observation Tower, with its views of iconic San Francisco landmarks, Discenza, Rydstrom, and Gold have created an immersive experience that explores the ways in which sound shapes vision, and tests the possibilities for creating a film without images.
These programs are free and open to the public with no reservations. Lecture seating is first come, first served.