Summer Salon Series 2011

What does a city need?

Thursdays, June 2 through September 1, 5-9PM

June 23rd: Identity and History
Featuring: Susy Bielak, Ash Smith and the Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO)

The San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA



Identity and History

In response to this year’s Summer Salon Series theme–What does a city need?– the evening of June 23, 2011 will consider the idea of Identity and History.

The following is a detailed list of the evening’s events and participants:

5:00 – 8:00 pmSusy Bielak will present The Park, at Sea. This multi-faceted work includes military personnel standing watch over the Museum’s nautical painting in Gallery 18 for a three hour period. Additionally, as part of this piece,  performances by the veteran’s group the Thursday Songsters will take place two different times during the evening.

This performance will take place in various galleries.

5:00 – 8:30 pmGiuseppe No-Host Bar Giuseppe’s Restaurant will offer beer, wine and snacks.

The bar is located in the Museum’s lower rotunda.

6:00 – 6:30 pmAsh Smith presents the Prologue and Part 1 ofShooting People

Prologue begins in front of the Museum and Part 1 takes place in both the lower and upper rotundas.

This performance moves throughout the Museum.  You are encouraged to follow the performance.

6:00 – 7:00 pmArt Making Activity Join Amy Briere anytime during the six o’ clock hour for an activity that explores the medium of dioramas.  This project is fun and engaging for all ages and skill levels.

This activity will take place in the Museum’s IMAGE Gallery.

6:30-6:50 pm: Performance by the Thursday Songsters as part ofThe Park, At Sea.

This performance will take place in Gallery 18.

7:00 -7:30 pmAsh Smith will present Part 2 and Part 3 of Shooting People.

This performance will take place in the lower rotunda and first floor galleries.

This performance moves throughout the Museum.  You are encouraged to follow the performance.

7:30-7:50 pm: The Thursday Songsters perform as part of The Park, at Sea.






1450 El Prado, Balboa Park



In 1943 during World War 2 the Museum was requisitioned for military use along with the other cultural facilities in Balboa Park.  The United States Navy converted the Museum into a hospital housing 423 beds, X-ray facilities, and a surgical suite….Some ghosts remain.

The performance will double as a film shoot that will act less as documentation but rather as a performing archive that gestures towards time, space and (im)permanence.  Cameras will double as guns and vice/versa, together both machines will SHOOT ON SITE.

Featuring choreography by Christine Herde and compositions by Phil Skaller.  PERFORMERS and SHOOTERS include a range of San Diego gems.

Audience is invited to PLAY…



1.  Play is for itself.  It serves no extenal goal.

2.  Play exists outside the scope of ordinary life.

3.  Play operates within fixed boundaries of time and space, with its own set of rules.

4.  Play is labile.  Though it can completely absorb the player, “ordinary life” can reassert itself at anytime.