“The Lost Supper” at UCSD’s University Art Gallery

When UCSD’s University Art Gallery (UAG) asked So Say We All to contribute to its “Archive Fever” series, we set out to review the gallery’s history. We were charged with creating a show inspired by Gallery Director David Antin’s leadership from 1969 to 1982, during which time he fearlessly innovated a space for artists of the emerging genre of performance art,  paving a path of creativity, body exploration, and artistic politics in the process.

We were given complete and total creative freedom by Ricardo Dominguez of the Visual Arts Department, Yolande Snaith of the Theatre & Dance Department, and Jennifer Moreno of the UAG and Visual Arts Department at UCSD; freedom commensurate with the spirit of the performance artists Antin served. It was a creative freedom that honestly shocked us, but we weren’t about to complain. It was a dream come true.

In reviewing the UAG archives, which contain the history of the Gallery’s groundbreaking installations and artists, many commonalities stood out, but one especially resonated with us: food. Food was a recurring theme, often a prop, sometimes a medium, used by several prominent performance artists to provide insight into our culture, consumerism, feminism, and mortality.

And so, in response, we present “The Lost Supper,” a happening where the slow food movement meets the slow arts movement, a multimedia gallery mixing storytelling, live performance, video, and installation art that all revolves around the stories behind our food and how food creates our stories. Our show also aspires to connect our reemerging San Diego art scene to the heyday of the nearly forgotten – were it not for art historians – 1970’s art renaissance in San Diego.

From the UAG:

“Archive Fever will encompass three arenas of the genre: poetry, performance, and dance.  Through each section we ask working artists within the Visual Arts Department at UCSD and the San Diego/Tijuana circuit to capture these moments of important University Art Gallery’s history in their own unique interpretation and trajectory.  As one is presented with an archived presentation, a representation will be given with complements of the current artist’s work.  Similar concerns and expanded notions will become part of a larger investigation into the history of performance at the University Art Gallery.”

We hope that you will join us for this momentous moment in So Say We All’s growth and in commemorating the cultural bulwark that is UCSD’s University Art Gallery.

“The Lost Supper” at UAG
January 28th, 2010
Performance begins promptly at 7:00 to 9:00pm. Viewing open from 6:00 to 10:00pm.
University Art Gallery (UAG)
UCSD, Mandeville Center
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0327
Phone:(858) 534 2107


Hopkins Parking Structure:

From I-5
Head West on Genesee Ave.
Turn Left on to Torrey Pines Road (@light/1st road on left)
Turn Left on to North Point Drive(@light/1st road on left)
Follow North Point Drive through the stop signs, as it curves right it will become Hopkins Drive.
Continue on Hopkins Drive, at the stop sign on Voigt Drive, you will see a parking garage to your right.
Once in the structure, look for directional signs with Archive Fever on them.

From the Hopkins Structure, walk west up Voigt Drive.
This will take you to Ridge Walk (a large path at the top of the hill)
Follow Ridge Walk South until you see the University Art Gallery on your Left.