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"do it"

January 9th - March 20th

Opening Party: Saturday, January 9th, 6pm - 9pm. 
Members Preview: Saturday, January 9th, 5pm - 9pm

Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to be participating in the longest-running exhibition ever, do it, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. do it is a conceptual exhibition that is based on written or drawn instructions from various artists, resulting in a new version of itself with each location it is shown. Verge has chosen twenty instructions from a compendium of 250, and will present them in the form of realized objects, performances, and public engagement. Artists include: Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Amalia Pica, Stephen Kaltenbach, Yoko Ono, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and more. The Opening Party will be Saturday, January 9th, from 6pm – 9pm.

do it began in Paris in 1993 as a conversation between Obrist, Boltanski and Lavier who were curious to see what would happen if they started an exhibition that would never need to stop. To test the idea, Obrist invited 12 artists to propose artworks based on written “scores” or instructions that can be openly interpreted every time they were presented. The instructions were then translated into 9 different languages and circulated internationally as a book. In the 20 years since Obrist, Boltanski and Lavier mused over the potential of “scores,” or written instructions by artists, do it created exhibition formats that could be more flexible and open-ended. Each time it was presented, do it was re-interpreted. Many new versions of the exhibition were formed, including do it (museum), do it (home), do it (TV), do it (seminar), and an online do it in collaboration with e-flux, among others.

The origin and transformation of do it reflects the necessity of exploring collaboration and shared authorship in a constantly evolving art world. The project’s impetus is rooted in the extraordinary effects of globalization on curating and artistic practice in the 1990s, a time that witnessed an unprecedented expansion of the geographies of contemporary art. Twenty years later, do it has taken place in 60+ venues worldwide and includes nearly 400 artists from across the globe, giving new meaning to the concept of an exhibition in progress, while offering infinite creative possibilities for participating audiences everywhere.

Adrian Piper asks audiences to hum a tune in order to enter a room. Ben Kinmont wants us to “invite a stranger into [our] home for breakfast.” Alexandre Singh teaches us how to turn wine into soda. Yoko Ono encourages us to keep wishing. And Mircea Cantor demands that we “burn this book. ASAP,” but John Armleder says to do “None of the above.”

Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zurich, Switzerland) is co- director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris. Since his first show “World Soup” (The Kitchen Show) in 1991 he has curated more than 250 shows.

Obrist’s publications include A Brief History of Curating, Project Japan: Metabolism Talks with Rem Koolhaas, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Curating But Were Afraid to Ask, do it: the compendium, Think Like Clouds, Ai Weiwei Speaks, Sharp Tongues - Loose Lips - Open Eyes - Ears to the Ground, along with new volumes of his Conversation Series. Since 2006, Obrist has initiated a series of “marathons,” including the Interview Marathon, Experiment Marathon, the Poetry Marathon, and most recently the 89Plus Marathon (co-curated with Simon Castets, Director and Curator, Swiss Institute).

do it was made possible in part by grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and with the generous support from Project Perpetual and of ICI’s International Forum and Board of Trustees.

Independent Curators International (ICI) produces traveling exhibitions, events, publications, and training opportunities for diverse audiences around the world. Established in 1975 and headquartered in New York, ICI is a hub that provides access to the people and practices that are key to current developments in the field, inspiring fresh ways of seeing and contextualizing contemporary art.

The mission of Verge Center for the Arts is to expose the Sacramento art region to internationally recognized contemporary art, while providing vital resources to local career and emerging artists. Located in downtown Sacramento, Verge’s facility includes a 2,000 square foot gallery, a classroom, and 38 artists studio. Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm: Sunday, 12pm – 5pm.

Opening Party: Saturday, January 9th, 6pm - 9pm
Screening of Marina Abrahmović: The Artist is Present, Thursday, January 21st, 7pm ($5 general, $3 students, free for members)
Screening of Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress, and The Tangerine, Thursday, February 18th, 7pm $5 general, $3 students, free for members)

For more information, please email, or call 916-448-2985.

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Image credit: 
Jérôme Bel, Shirtology, 2012 © Tate, 2012; Photo: Tate Photography, Gabrielle Fonseca Johnson  

Give the Gift of Youth Arts Education!

Make your year-end donation to Verge today!

The mission of Verge Center for the Arts is to expose the Sacramento region to internationally recognized contemporary art, while providing vital resources to local career and emerging artists of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds in the Sacramento Valley. Education at Verge was founded on the principle that studio-based artists teach lessons inspired by their practice that are designed to be stimulating, and age-appropriate, while developing dexterity and creative-thinking skills.

Access to high-quality art education is often rare for children in underserved communities. Less than 3% of our K-12 education spending is on arts education in California public schools. For children from communities with less socioeconomic wealth, high quality arts education is out of reach. Lack of financial resources should not prevent youth from participating in art activities designed to cultivate their critical thinking and creative problem skills, dexterity, and sharpen their curiosity.

Your support is critical to enriching the lives of our youngest and most vulnerable emerging artists—our children.

As part of our mission to serve Sacramento’s young emerging artists, Verge has formally launched the Youth Art Education Scholarship program as a commitment to young artists in need. This program provides up to 50% of attendance in our kids education programs free of charge to any child who qualifies for a free lunch program in the city or county of Sacramento.

Your support of Verge not only helps students attend art classes, it can also enrich their whole lives through learning new skills. A 2010 Guggenheim Foundation study found that art education methodologies like the ones Verge uses also help students improve other life skills like flexibility, resourcefulness, and reflection upon personal goal setting. Thus, Verge’s art programs provide crucial skill sets that students continue to utilize even after instruction ends.

Verge strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all kids who attend our programs so that they can fully concentrate on the joy of making art. To help aid this effort, scholarship students are provided with transportation, meals, and extended drop off times before and after class. We rely on a variety of community partners in order to facilitate these efforts including United Christian Center of Sacramento, Food Literacy Center, and Blick Art Materials.

In the previous two years, through the generosity of individuals like you as well as grants and corporate funding, Verge offered over 100 scholarships to youth from Wellspring Women’s Center, Staging a Miracle, United Christian Center of Sacramento, and Horizon Charter School’s Sacramento Leadership Cooperative Program. This support had an amazing impact on children throughout the region. Through engaging with children and their families, we identified a huge need for more scholarships and formed our Youth Art Education Scholarship program.

In 2016, we hope to provide over 400 children scholarships in the following programs:

  • Kids Studio Art Camp for 12 weeks throughout the year each with different themes developed for different ages

  • Drop-in Studios year-round open sessions in clay facilitated by an artist to get your hands dirty

  • Clay Classes multiple session classes designed to build dexterity and creative problem solving in clay

  • Bring Home Art Workshops to make framed or completed art in one day

  • Art for Everyone Intergenerational programs for the whole family

  • Emerging Artists Mentorship Program designed to cultivate the potential of students

  • Customized art curriculum development for schools and community organizations 

In order to continue and expand this program, our connection with businesses and experience in administrating these scholarships is not enough. We need your support. Your gift to the Verge Annual Fund will help underserved children have access to art education. In addition, your support will help make permanent the Youth Art Education Scholarship program by helping Verge expand outreach, administration and curriculum development.

Your end-of-year donation will provide vital resources to the Sacramento community. A donation of $200 sends a child to camp, $50 pays for attendance at a seasonal workshop, and as little as $25 can help fund art supplies or a days worth of snacks and lunches. Your generosity helps support our mission to serve the youngest members of our community’s emerging art scene. A fully tax-deductible gift in any amount is greatly appreciated.

Click here to make your donation now!

Thank you in advance for your consideration and continued support of Verge. Happy Holidays! 

THE art auction

THE art auction

Saturday, November 21st

Doors open at 5:30

Verge's first Art Auction is coming soon! Tickets are $75 general, $50 members. Since merging with the Center for Contemporary Art last summer, there's been a desire to restart the auction they had established with a few tweaks. As in year's past, we're adopting the Saturday before Thanksgiving for the event, which is November 21st this year. One of the strongest features of the Center's auction involved their emphasis on combining works by established contemporary artists with emerging artists from the region. This year will be no different will artists like Brenda Louie, Suzanne Adan, Ron Peetz, and Kim Squaglia lending their names to the event. Members receive $25 off admission so mark your calendars now!!!

Food generously provided by Hot Italian, Lucca, Magpie, and Taylor's Kitchen.



Participating artists include: 

Suzanne Adan

Cheselyn Amato

Phil Amrhein

Bob Androvich

Carolyn Angleton

Robert Arneson

Tania Beaudet

Sean Bill

James Bovard

Frank Brooks

Ann Marie Campbell

Susan Cawthon

Ron Christ

Nathan Cordero

Fred Dalkey

George DeHoff

Roma Devanbu

Jose Di Gregorio

Julie Didion

Danni Downing

Rhonda Egan

Jeff Enlow

Kate Farrall

Linda Fitzgibbon

Gioia Fonda

Darrell Forney

John Yoyogi Fortes

Jacob Fossum

Dawne Franklin

Ianna Frisby

Aida Gamez

Linda Gelfman

Richard Gilles

Ray Gonzales

Chelsea Greninger

Taylor Gutermute

Frankie Hansbearry

Stephen Hayhurst

Shirley Hazlett

Kristen Hoard

Diana Holt

Bethanie Humphreys

Judy Jacobs

Diana Jahns

Christopher Jones

Steven Jongewald

Jennifer Keller

Mary Kercher

John Krempel

Sukhee Kwon

Paulina Lawrence

Terry Lee

Brenda Louie

Nina Lynch

Michelle MacKenzie

Patrick Marasso

Kris Marubayashi

Joan Moment

Irubiel Moreno

Erick Niemann

Linda Nunes

Jennifer O'Neil Pickering

Pat Orner

Ricardo Pascual

Ron Peetz

Joe Pena

Ann Ragland

Manuel Fernando Rios

Tyson Anthony Roberts

Annie Murphy Robinson

Connie Rod

Michael S Rodriguez

Natalie Sakurai

Teresa Sealock

Barbara Shinn

Rick Siggins

Susan Silvester

James Sink

Jennifer Kim Sohn

Kim Squaglia

Jenny Stark

Michael Stevens

Charles Stroh

Emily Swinsick

Christopher Taggart

Tricia Talle

Joanne Tepper

Katie Thomas

Leslie Thompson

Jerry Uelsmann

Katherine Venturelli

Randy Won

 and many more! 

If you are interested in donating art, or volunteering, please

Lucy Puls: [just you]

Curated by Dena Beard

September 10 - October 25th 

Artist & Curator Talk:
Thursday, October 22nd, 6-9pm

For the past three decades, Lucy Puls has been turning unwanted objects and photos of abandoned domestic environs into insignias of the consumer world. Lucy Puls: [just you] encompasses over 40 objects from 1987-2015, with the past decade being a particular focus. During that time, she has refined her interest in found objects and collage and created several new bodies of work. These works, which range from smaller, diorama-like floor sculptures to complex wall pieces, incorporate photographs, stubbed out cigarettes, kitschy souvenirs, home stereo systems, pop culture cast-offs, and household products.

Although relatively obscure, Puls has created an immediately recognizable aesthetic that, alongside artists like Eva Hesse and Isa Genzken, challenges definitions of how female artists work. By impressing her own rigid self-imposed set of treatments and rules upon discarded objects and environments, Puls transforms how we perceive their value. Often this involves covert investigations, toxic substances, and aggressive treatment of materials usually associated with male sculptors. While flipping this cliché on its head, Puls interrogates these abandoned domestic spaces and castoff objects, and infusing them with a system of values that critiques patriarchal consumerism.

A fully illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition with an in-depth essay by curator Dena Beard.

For a complete checklist of the exhibition, click here.

For a video of the exhibition, click here.

Puls received her M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work is represented in numerous collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Oakland Museum, the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, and the Jewish Museum in New York. Puls is a Professor of Art at the University of California at Davis. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Exhibition dates: September 10 - October 25, 2015

Artist talk: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6-9pm
$5 general, $3 students, free for members 

Where:​V​erge Center for the Arts,​625 S Street, Sacramento, 95811 

Sacramento Meditations

June 11 - August 16, 2015

Opening Receptions: 

Verge Center for the Arts, Thursday, June 11, 6pm-9pm  
Robert T. Matsui Gallery at Sacramento City Hall, Tuesday, June 30, 4:30-6pm

Sacramento Meditations is an exhibition exploring the complex nature of California’s ongoing water crisis as it relates both to the implications of the recent drought, as well as to long standing political conflicts throughout the state. At the nexus of these issues is the San Joaquin River Delta, and it is for this reason that we have selected bodies of work from each of the participating artists that deal specifically with that geography. The show gets its name from “Sacramento Meditations, 1977” Helen and Newton Harrison’s largest and most extensive body of work regarding the California water crisis. Commissioned by the Floating Museum of San Francisco for the SFMOMA, the prophetic nature of “Sacramento Meditations, 1977” places the exhibition within a historical context both artistically and geologically. Verge is excited to be the first institution in Sacramento to show this important work by The Harrison Studio in its entirety.

Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (Sayler / Morris) of The Canary Project collaborated with Brett Snyder to produce the first iteration of their American River Archive project.  This project imagines how historians in the distant future would understand the ideology and culture of Late-Extraction-Age California by focusing on a single flow of water: the American River. The project consists of original photography, historical images, maps and other visual material. In “Behind the Levees,” photographer Jeff Enlow was commissioned by National Geographic in 2011 to document the community and landscape of the Delta, telling the story of the unique community that lives amongst the sloughs and farmland in that region. Through photography and film Jenny Stark seeks to investigate the parallels that have been made between Sacramento and New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. Stark’s work draws surprising parallels between these two landscapes, infrastructurally, geologically, and culturally.  

Sacramento Meditations will be exhibited at two venues, Verge Center for the Arts and Sacramento City Hall. The two venues have staggered opening dates and individual opening receptions with the exhibition at Verge opening on Thursday, June 11th and at City Hall Tuesday, June 30. Sacramento Meditations is produced in partnership with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.



Tracy Pumping Station, medium format photographic print, Jenny Stark, 2012


Jeff Enlow - Is a New York based photographer, editor, and writer. In addition to his work in photojournalism he is an editor with Corbis Images. Enlow has worked on projects and commissions for Wired, the Wall Street Journal, Vice Magazine, NPR, SF Weekly, and the National Geographic Explorers Program.

Helen and Newton Harrison - Among the leading pioneers of the eco-art movement, the collaborative team of Newton and Helen Mayer Harrison (often referred to simply as “the Harrisons”) have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development. The Harrison’s concept of art embraces a breathtaking range of disciplines. They are historians, diplomats, ecologists, investigators, emissaries and art activists. Their work involves proposing solutions and involves not only public discussion, but extensive mapping and documentation of these proposals in an art context.

Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (Sayler/Morris) - work with photography, video, writing, open-source projects, curation and installation. Of primary concern are contemporary efforts to develop ecological consciousness and the possibilities for art within a social activist practice. In 2006 they co-founded The Canary Project - a studio that produces visual media and artworks that deepen public understanding of ecological issues, principally climate change. In 2014, Sayler and Morris were awarded the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. In 2008-2009 they were Loeb Fellows at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. They have exhibited and produced projects at both science and art institutions internationally, including MASS MoCA; Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum; Nevada Museum of Art; Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago; Kunsthal, Rotterdam; Walker Art Center, Belvedere Museum; Exit Art; Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Denver Museum of Contemporary Art; and others. They currently teach in the Transmedia Department at Syracuse University.

Brett Snyder - works at and researches the intersection of architecture and media with a particular interest in developing vibrant urban spaces. Snyder is a principal of Cheng+Snyder an experimental architecture studio based in Oakland, California and an Assistant Professor of Design at the University of California, Davis. Snyder’s hybrid background in architecture and graphics have resulted in an array of projects from the scale of watches to urban scaled design interventions. Much of Snyder’s work has focused on the way that mobile media has changed the way that we navigate, understand, and experience the urban landscape. Recent projects include Smart Sidewalks, a winning entry to the NYC Reinvent Payphones competition, Museum of the Phantom City an architectural iPhone app to view visionary but un-built architecture, and S.Alt City an interactive building mural in Syracuse, New York.

Jenny Stark - Jenny Stark was born in Bellaire, Texas.  She received her BFA in Photography from the University of Houston and went on to receive an MFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts. She is an Associate Professor of Communications and Film as well as the Film Coordinator at Sacramento State University. Her films and videos have shown at South by Southwest, Austin; The New York Underground Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, The Viennale, Vienna; LA Film Forum, The Aurora Picture Show, Houston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The British Film Institute and Image Music Text, London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City.  She recently completed a photography series of the California Delta for an exhibition at The Crocker Art Museum and will also be showing her films and photography at Unite, an exhibition of Sacramento State faculty work also at The Crocker.