Saturday, May 6, 2017

  • Friday, May 5, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, May 25, 2017 (All day)

    At Living Arts, we believe art can be a vehicle for social change. If the past few months have done nothing else, they have shown us that we are all going to have to do our part to create that change.

    It’s no secret that Oklahoma has one of the worst records of welcoming immigrants. In 2007, as the United States fell into recession and anti-immigrant sentiment grew, the Oklahoma legislature passed House Bill 1804 and Governor Brad Henry signed it into law. Also known as the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, the law’s stated purpose was to address “economic hardship and lawlessness” caused by illegal immigrants. More recently Oklahoma’s Governor, Mary Fallin, and Tulsa’s Mayor (at the time), Dewey Bartlett, stated that they will not accept any immigrants from the Syrian crisis. And now, the incoming administration wants to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S.

    Through the Crossing Borders project, we hope to give voice to the immigrants who are coming to the United States to build a better life for themselves and their families. We also hope this month-long investigation will inform non-immigrant communities of these human stories and to perhaps change misconceptions about immigrants in our community. Through the power of Art, we hope to make these goals a reality in our city.

    For everything surrounding the Crossing Borders project, please click the buttons below to learn more.

     

    Myers Gallery Spoken Word Performance
    New Dance New Music & Drumming PechaKucha

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The following components will be a part of this month-long investigation:

    1. Crossing Borders: Opening First Friday May 5, 2017, 6-9p. A group exhibition of visual art works by artists who have worked with or wish to work with the concept of immigration issues. Juried by Steve Liggett. Exhibition will remain open through May 25.

    2. Monsters’ Business: The Big Business of Immigration – an exhibition of José Pantoja’s work. Opening First Friday May 5, 2017, 6-9pm.  Pantoja grew up in Cuba where he became an accomplished painter. In 2011, he immigrated to the United States. Today, he lives and paints in Tulsa. Exhibition will remain open through May 25.

    3. “Do We Belong?” Performance piece presented by Kripalaya Dance Academy at Living Arts on May 5 at 7p. Featuring: Maya Chandwaney, Preeyom Govind, Chandini Kanderi,  Pragathi Gowda and Riya Kurella

    4. Video Without Borders Screening: Screening of 7 short videos by immigrants who reside in Tulsa, Sat, May 6, 6:30pm at Living Arts.

    5. Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras: The premier performances of José Torres-Tama’s “Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras” will transform a food vehicle into a mobile stage to address the anti-immigrant hysteria in the USA, and will take place May 18 and 19 at Living Arts at 8p.

    6. Tulsa Area Fair Housing Partnership Movie Night / Panel: May 9 at 6p, Living Arts is partnering with the Tulsa Fair Housing Partnership and The Great Tulsa Assoc. of Realtors to present the film, The House We Live In, and a panel discussion centered around discrimination issues that immigrants face in finding housing in Oklahoma.  

    7. Immigration Forum: May 16 at 5:30p, Living Arts will host a panel discussion with Rich Fisher from KWGS as the panel moderator and the following as panelists: Teresa Valero, Anh-Thuy Nguyen, Mana Tahaie and Jordan Mazariegos.

     

    Crossing Borders Cover artwork: Monsters' Business by José Antonio Pantoja Hernández

     

  • Friday, May 5, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, May 25, 2017 (All day)

    Monsters’ Business: The Big Business of Immigration

    José Antonio Pantoja Hernández was born in Cuba in 1971. As artist who grew up in the Mayabeque Province of Cuba, in the city of Bejucal, "Pantoja" received apprenticeships as a carpenter and woodworker using antiquated tools. As his interests turned to painting and sculpting, he sought visual inspiration from a small collection of art books that showcased mainly works from Masters.By 2002, Pantoja paintings began to depicted everyday life in Cuba. As a member of a state-sponsored art collective, Pantoja was eventually able to exhibit his works on the streets of the Havana promenade, "El Paseo Del Prado.” There, he would often only display one or two paintings a week, selling them to tourists. Over time, his work became more surreal and somber. Eventually, he began to paint what he calls "the errors of the Revolution." The director of the Queretaro City Museum in Mexico learned about Pantoja's work in 2011 and sent him an invitation to display his work in the museum. Pantoja was able to parlay that invitation into a special pass to leave Cuba. He said goodbye to his friends and family and boarded a plane to Mexico with eight paintings. When he landed in Mexico City in June of 2011, he decided not to exhibit his work and instead took a bus to border town of Nuevo Laredo. There, he crossed into U.S. border and asked for political asylum. The story of his defection was chronicled in August 2011 issue of This Land press, today Pantoja lives and paints in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

     

    The video below, from This Land Press and the late, great Lee Roy Chapman, "takes our favorite Cuban artist and expatriate, José Antonio Pantoja Hernández, on a driving lesson in his van. The result is a surprisingly moving portrait of Pantoja as he recounts the perils he faced in his daring escape to the United States."
     

  • Friday, May 5, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, May 25, 2017 (All day)
    Spoken Word Spoken Word Spoken Word

    Crossing Borders Group Exhibit: Opening First Friday May 5, 2017, 6-9p. A group exhibition of visual art works by artists who have worked with or wish to work with the concept of immigration issues. Juried by Steve Liggett. Exhibition will remain open through May 25.

    Believing that Art can be a vehicle for social change, Living Arts of Tulsa is presenting a series of events that constitute an artistic investigation into the current state of immigration in our state and in the U.S. The goals of this project are to amplify the voice of immigrants and to inform non-immigrant communities in Tulsa of the stories of immigrants in order to hopefully change misconceptions in our community. Through the power of Art, we hope to make these goals a reality in our city.

    Banner image: Incandescent Metatonia by Jave Yoshimoto

    Please click on the banner below to learn more about the Living Arts Crossing Borders Project

     

     

  • Friday, May 5, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, May 25, 2017 (All day)

    Believing that Art can be a vehicle for social change, Living Arts of Tulsa is presenting a series of events that constitute an artistic investigation into the current state of immigration in our state and in the U.S. The goals of this project are to amplify the voice of immigrants and to inform non-immigrant communities in Tulsa of the stories of immigrants in order to hopefully change misconceptions in our community. Through the power of Art, we hope to make these goals a reality in our city. The following components will be a part of this month-long investigation:

     

    1. Crossing Borders: Opening First Friday May 5, 2017, 6-9p. A group exhibition of visual art works by artists who have worked with or wish to work with the concept of immigration issues. Juried by Steve Liggett. Exhibition will remain open through May 25.

    2. Monsters’ Business: The Big Business of Immigration – an exhibition of José Pantoja’s work. Opening First Friday May 5, 2017, 6-9pm.  Pantoja grew up in Cuba where he became an accomplished painter. In 2011, he immigrated to the United States. Today, he lives and paints in Tulsa. Exhibition will remain open through May 25.

    3. “Do We Belong?” Performance piece presented by Kripalaya Dance Academy at Living Arts on May 5 at 7p. Featuring: Maya Chandwaney, Preeyom Govind, Chandini Kanderi,  Pragathi Gowda and Riya Kurella

    4. Video Without Borders Screening: Screening of 7 short videos by immigrants who reside in Tulsa, Sat, May 6, 6:30pm at Living Arts.

    5. Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras: The premier performances of José Torres-Tama’s “Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras” will transform a food vehicle into a mobile stage to address the anti-immigrant hysteria in the USA, and will take place May 18 and 19 at Living Arts at 8p.

    6. Tulsa Area Fair Housing Partnership Movie Night / Panel: May 9 at 6p, Living Arts is partnering with the Tulsa Fair Housing Partnership and The Great Tulsa Assoc. of Realtors to present the film, The House We Live In, and a panel discussion centered around discrimination issues that immigrants face in finding housing in Oklahoma.  

    7. Immigration Forum: May 16 at 5:30p, Living Arts will host a panel discussion with Rich Fisher from KWGS as the panel moderator and the following as panelists: Elizabeth McCormick, Anh-Thuy Nguyen, Francisco Treviño, Mana Tahaie and Jordan Mazariegos.

  • Repeats every day 2 times.
    Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    When: Sat, May 6th & Sun, May 7th, 1-4pm
    Where: 7304 E. 55th Pl., Tulsa
     
    The Tulsa ArtCar Weekend workshop will be a demonstration of metal working techniques and discussions of art today in the UK. Participants will receive hands-on instruction and theory of tin bending and structural ArtCar planning and construction.

    This year's guest artist, Andy Hazell, is from Wales UK and is a noted tin sculptor, installation artist, artcar builder and film maker. One of his artcars was in last year's show, on loan from Houston's Orange Show. "Derek the Heroicar" featured a larger than life Superman character flying with a car tucked under one arm!

    See more at http://www.andyhazell.co.uk/

    Special thanks to the 2017 ArtCar Chair Charlie Larson for helping bring Andy to Tulsa!

     

     

  • Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 6:30pm
    Short videos telling experiences as a person who has come to the United States from somewhere else. Videos are by immigrants who reside in Tulsa
     
    Partnership with Dream Act Oklahoma