2020 “Identity” Theme Introduced

Over four audacious exhibits, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts’ 2020 schedule urges audiences to examine how they define their identity.
Saugatuck, MI – The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is excited to announce an unprecedented slate of exhibits surrounding the theme of identity. Ambitious in scope and tone, this collection of works begs important questions of viewers. Who are you by yourself? In a group? How have you built your identity? What of you is permanent and what can be remade?

Further, this selection of exhibits asks us how personal constructs of identity influence the ways in which we interpret and react to art. How we are seen, how we see ourselves, what we present to the world, and what we choose to keep hidden all come to bear on the unique experience each individual will create.

In its Midwest debut, photographer Angélica Dass’ Humanae Project (January 10-March 6) is a “work in progress” that casts portraits of volunteers, devoid of any classification by race, age, gender, nationality, class or religion, against a backdrop of their skin’s Pantone® color.

This ever-growing variegation catalogues these portraits in a random, yet rigid structure that strips away the false notion of superiority related to skin color.

View our Humanae website

 

Winner of the 2018 ArtPrize Installation Public Vote Award, Megan Constance Altieri’s Sonder (March 27-May 24) plumbs the abundance and richness of individual lives. Altieri hand-stamps snippets of conversations, collected randomly throughout her day, onto articles of found clothing which she suspends across the gallery from a clothesline. Alone, each piece is a reflection of a moment that stands as a totem of an entire life; together, they inspire communion and connection over our shared humanity.
The Michigan debut of Frank Warren’s ongoing community mail art project PostSecret (June 5-September 4) mines the honesty to be found in anonymity. Devoid of any restrictions aside from complete truthfulness, people from around the world decorate postcards that disclose never-before-revealed secrets. From the humorous to the painful to the criminal, these confessional mementos exist in the convergent locus of our fears, embarrassments, hopes and desires.
Flanking Veterans’ Day, the debut of the traveling exhibition 50 States: Veterans & Artists United (October 16-December 22) is the culmination of a two-year journey made by Tyler Way, co-founder of the [HAS HEART] organization, and his partner/wife Kendra Clapp Olguín. In every state, the pair partnered one Veteran with one artist to tell each Veteran’s story via art, design and fashion. In addition to the visual collection displaying the Veterans’ designs, stories, and design processes, there will be meaningful products for sale. Proceeds will benefit [HAS HEART], a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the Veterans whose stories they share..
The SCA is equally committed to creating opportunities for education as it is to create meaningful connections through art. Each 2020 exhibit will be augmented by a curriculum that gives students a platform for their own voice as well as space to create original works inspired by and in response to the art and the questions raised.

“Art is a universal language with the power to transform lives. Shows like these are not only an honor to curate, but they allow us as a community-based art center to throw open doors, initiate meaningful, vulnerable and timely conversation for all kinds of audiences.” Whitney Valentine, Education & Exhibitions Manager

The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is dedicated to creating a vibrant arts community in West Michigan by hosting professional theater, exhibitions, films, concerts and educational programming year-round. Less than one hour from Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and South Haven, the SCA will serve 30,000 children, families and adults during 2020.

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