Art on the Grounds Festival:

Threads: Weaving Humanity

Friday, July 19, 2019, 6PM - 9 p.m.

VENUE: Park Grounds

For more information, call the Box Office at 408-961-5858 10am-4pm Mon-Fri.

RELATED EXHIBITION: Threads: Weaving Humanity

Threads: Weaving Humanity
Photo: Isaiah Plaza


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Join us for a free festival celebrating a series of new textile works throughout our historic gardens and grounds by a group of emerging international artists. These newly commissioned works use braiding, stitching, patching, and mending as a metaphor for weaving the threads of our diverse communities into a shared social fabric. 

Highly sensitive to the elements, fiber works are traditionally displayed inside carefully controlled environments of galleries and museums. Serving as an analogy for our human vulnerabilities, Threads: Weaving Humanity places these works outdoors where we can appreciate and witness the fragility and the resilience of the materials as they interact with the natural surroundings. Many of the works on view will be created in collaboration with the local community and offer opportunities for conversation about connecting through our shared humanity, including practicing kindness, compassion, integrity, respect, empathy, forgiveness, and self-reflection.

  • In partnership with Sangam Arts, see live dance performances by local cultural organizations Charlene Eigen-Vasquez (Ohlone), Calpuli Tonalequeh (Aztec drum and dance), San Jose Taiko, Oriki Theater (African drum and dance), New Ground Theatre Dance (modern / contemporary), Xpressions (Indian folk dances), Yang Yang Dance (Chinese) as part of their Mosaic program. 
  • A Crochet Jam, hosted by Ramekon O’Arwister, a public, art-making event that will engage the public to think differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society.
  • Yasmin Jahan Nupur (Bangladesh), a multidisciplinary artist who utilizes alternative materials to display her meticulous hand work, will create an installation that explores boundaries on the Great Lawn.
  • Rococo Projects (San Francisco, CA), a collaborative duo of KC Rosenberg and Modesto Covarrubias, are interdisciplinary artists (architectural and natural) who explore complex emotional states, social justice, and contemporary culture. At Montalvo, they will create a Forgiveness Tower in place of the missing historical 4th Season on Montalvo’s grounds.
  • Sudnya Shroff (Los Altos Hills, CA), a local artist and fashion designer, will form a participatory installation in our gardens which will represent her deep commitment to the global refugee community.
  • Hellen Ascoli (Guatemala/Madison, WI), a textile-based artist, will craft a participatory installation where visitors can collectively create a weaving for the Italianate Garden. 

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