Free, public access to multilingual installation beginning October 10, 2021
Photo: Lawrence Weiner: OUT OF SIGHT in Chicago, Illinois. Courtesy of the artist, © Lawrence Weiner.
SAN FRANCISCO (September 21, 2021)—The Exploratorium today announced an installation of celebrated American artist Lawrence Weiner’s OUT OF SIGHT, a participatory, interactive, social artwork in its public plaza along the Embarcadero, beginning October 10, 2021. OUT OF SIGHT will be free to access and open to the public until January 9, 2022.
“Lawrence Weiner’s OUT OF SIGHT is an ideal artwork for inviting our visitors and public to play on our entry plaza on Pier 15,” said Kirstin Bach, interim director of arts, Exploratorium. “It sets the stage for the discovery and inspiration visitors can find while exploring our exhibits within the walls of the Exploratorium.”
OUT OF SIGHT is a two-dimensional, hopscotch-like interactive experience. Each medallion or “marelle” (French for hopscotch) in the piece contains text that engages people from all walks of life, creating a pathway that can be navigated both physically and intellectually. The work is meant to act as a metaphorical framework for a journey of self-discovery and empowerment for each person who encounters it. At the Exploratorium, OUT OF SIGHT will be presented in both English and Spanish.
“A person coming in with whatever situation they find it, young, old or indifferent, the minute they have any thoughts about themselves going FROM HERE TO THERE, will be able to stand still and realize they first have to imagine themselves doing it, that's assuming a position,” said the artist, Lawrence Weiner.
Photo: ODC Dance Jam! Courtesy of ODC.
In collaboration with Exploratorium, Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, and ODC, New York-based choreographer Catherine Galasso will create a performance activation in response to OUT OF SIGHT in the Exploratorium’s public plaza along the Embarcadero at Pier 15 on Sunday, October 10, 2021. Featuring dancers from ODC’s teen company, the Dance Jam, the piece, RECESS, will contrast hopscotch-inspired dance breaks with slow-motion tableaux vivant (French for "living picture") to inspire feelings of resilience and determination. The activation will include runs of the 7-minute piece every hour on the hour, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The performances will be free and open to the public.
“We are thrilled to collaborate with choreographer Catherine Galasso and the dancers from ODC’s Dance Jam! for the opening of OUT OF SIGHT,” said Liz Keim, senior curator and director of cinema arts at the Exploratorium. "This exciting activation will allow people to engage with OUT OF SIGHT through contemplative play and open interpretation."
OUT OF SIGHT is being presented at several locations around San Francisco this fall and winter, in partnership with Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (FMCAC) and McEvoy Foundation for the Arts with the support of the Minnesota Street Project. It debuted on September 17 at FMCAC, and will open at 1275 Minnesota Street on October 16. OUT OF SIGHT has been described as a sculpture that can adapt itself to different institutions, distinct sites, and specific language communities, and has been shown in public spaces including the Chicago Park District; the downtown shopping district of Kortrijk, Belgium; the Pérez Art Museum in Miami; and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. For San Francisco, the artist has created a new color suite for the OUT OF SIGHT marelles that will be presented in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish languages.
OUT OF SIGHT is a project of See The Vision, Grab The Vision, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to producing innovative public art and programming designed to engage, inspire, and empower youth and participants of all ages.
Additional media contacts:
Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture: Lehia Franklin Acox, Marketing and Development Manager, email@example.com, (773)-960-1908; Nick Kinsey, Director of External Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, (415) 828-0461
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts: Nate Gellman, Communications Manager, email@example.com, 415-580-7605;
ODC: Kellyn Lopes, Director of Marketing and Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org
About Lawrence Weiner
Lawrence Weiner (b. 1942, South Bronx) grew up in the South Bronx. Already in college when he was about seventeen, he decided to leave it and his family to go venturing around the North American Continent, seeing and experiencing as much of the United States, Mexico, and Canada as he could. Weiner’s first exhibition as an artist was in 1960 in a field in Mill Valley, California. Since then, he has maintained: “Art is the empirical fact of the relationships of objects to objects in relation to human beings & not dependent upon historical precedent for either use or legitimacy.” Considered a central figure in the development of conceptual art during the 1960s, Weiner is renowned for his predominantly language-based artworks, which he presents as sculpture. His decision to replace the traditional 3-dimensional objects and materials of sculpture with ideas presented in language allows the viewer to source meanings and perspectives from their own private experience or engagement with the work.
ODC is a ground-breaking contemporary arts institution: a world-class dance company (ODC/Dance), a theater with year-round presenting and mentorship programs (ODC Theater), a training school for dancers and movers of all levels (ODC School), and a fee-free, educational Healthy Dancers’ Clinic. Known nationally for its entrepreneurial savvy as well as artistic innovation, the organization is unique for its fully integrated vision. Operating in San Francisco’s Mission District for 50 years, and through a robust digital platform, ODC programs and activities contribute to the Bay Area’s vibrant dance and arts ecosystem, community development, arts education, and access to creative art-making. ODC strives to cultivate artists, inspire audiences, engage the community, and foster diversity and inclusion through dance performance, training and mentorship.
About Catherine Galasso
Catherine Galasso is an independent choreographer and director based in Brooklyn, NY. Her interdisciplinary dance works have been presented by venues in the US such as Danspace Project, La MaMa, SFMoMA, and MoCA Santa Barbara, and internationally at Bibliotheque National in Paris, France; Skena UP in Pristina, Kosovo; and Zona D Studio in Bucharest, Romania. In addition, she creates original performance works for alternative spaces such as underground bank vaults, apple orchards, and grand marble staircases.