Cave Painting, Painted Cave at The Gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to share works from the exhibition Cave Painting/Painted Cave currently on view online and at The Gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara. The exhibition includes works by Alison Andersson, Porfirio Gutiérrez, Cole M James, Linda Karshan, Deborah Kerner, Muna Malik, Yassi Mazandi, P.Lyn, Tom Pazderka, Cole Sternberg, and Richard Waxberg. Additional works are on loan from the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Collection by Bob Branaman, and Sharon Louden

Artists have looked to the enigmatic world of cave paintings for centuries, and perhaps even more so during times of fear and doubt. This exhibition explores the inherently human need to make marks, share knowledge and community, and look to the past for answers about our current realities. We are working with the assumption that Modernism owes a huge debt to non-western and indigenous cultures and the works in this exhibition celebrate mark making and gesture through a raw yet highly sophisticated use of material and form. In no way does this attempt to depict, replicate, or pastiche the past, but imagines an aesthetic exploration that draws threads of thought and inspiration through personal vocabularies of marks and signs. This is an attempt to underline art making as multi-generational knowledge of land, flora, fauna, and cosmology that unites us as humans around the world.

In deciding to produce this exhibition the desire was also to draw attention to our own regional connection to the vast global network of cave painting. Alaxuluxen, the Chumash name for the Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park is situated on the edge of the traditional Barbareño Chumash territory, which ranged from the Pacific coast to the foothills and southern slopes of the Santa Ynez Mountains. With a population of over 15,000 before European contact, the Barbareño Chumash were one of the largest and most influential tribes in California. Today’s modern city of Santa Barbara, at the base of the Santa Ynez Mountains, was the capital city of the Barbareño, then called Syukhtun. A 3D digital presentation of the site is now available online thanks to CyArk in partnership with the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. (www.cyark.org/projects/chumash-painted-cave). 

We acknowledge that we are on unceded ancestral lands of the Coastal Band of the Chumash people. In honoring the past, present, and future generations of Chumash people who have stewarded this land for thousands of years, we also acknowledge the ongoing legacies of settler colonialism.

The Gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara is a hybrid model of public-private partnership between the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation and the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara. Previously the site of a five year partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara as a satellite exhibition space, this current partnership builds on this artistic legacy while raising critically needed funds for operations for the foundation and direct artist support. Proceeds from the sale of select works are shared between the artists and the foundation. Special thanks to the artists, the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Board, the team at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, Laurie & Marc Recordon, Grazka Taylor, John Connelly, and TwoFish Digital. 

Works are on view online, as well as in person to hotel guests and by appointment. To schedule an appointment please email fjanka@cgbfoundation.org, appointments are highly limited at this current time and require following covid safety protocol.

Image: Deborah Kerner, Motif for a Nighttime Journey, 2020

Year One: Ojai Institute Family Art Experience Kit – free download

Introducing the Ojai Institute Family Art Experience Kit!

We are pleased to share this new effort to continue to provide free art experiences during these unprecedented times. Learn things, get free stuff, dream big.

Visit the exhibition,
interpret the constitution,
be a mail activist,
go on a poster scavenger hunt,
and for extra credit, draw a map…

Each individual or family receives free merch each time they complete a project! Free buttons, stickers, posters, yard signs and t-shirts!

Please click here to download PDF.

Janna Ireland in Conversation: Saturday, October 24, 2020

You are invited to join us for a conversation with Los Angeles based photographer Janna Ireland this Saturday, October 24, at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST.

Please click here to RSVP for this Zoom event

Janna Ireland was born in Philadelphia, but has chosen Los Angeles as her home. She holds an MFA from the UCLA Department of Art and a BFA from the Department of Photography and Imaging at NYU. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Chicago, and in group exhibitions across the United States and internationally. She has been published in ApertureThe New YorkerHarper’sArt PapersVice, and The Los Angeles Times. Her first monograph, Regarding Paul R. Williams, was published by Angel City Press in 2020.

The Ojai Institute will present a solo exhibition project with Janna Ireland opening January 8, 2021, and on view through April 3, 2021. 

Janna Ireland’s first monograph, Regarding Paul R. Williams, is now available for purchase from The Ojai Institute Bookstore. Click here to learn more

Year One By Cole Sternberg: October 16 – December 31, 2020

The Ojai Institute will present Year One starting October 16, 2020, an exhibition project by artist Cole Sternberg that will feature an installation on the exterior of our building and within the front window gallery, the launch of our new digital Family Art Experience Kits with a digital event program, and a site specific outdoor installation throughout the Ojai Valley using yard signs and poster interventions.

The Ojai Institute is the official education partner for The Free Republic of California, and the platform will offer first hand actionable engagement with the ideas and history presented by The Free Republic of California. Learn more by visiting www.TheFreeRepublicofCalifornia.com

We invite you to support Year One by making a purchase or by making a donation in any amount.

Muna Malik in Conversation: Friday, August 7, 2020

You are invited to join us for a live recording for the Ojai Institute Podcast. This virtual event will feature Los Angeles based artist Muna Malik in conversation with Frederick Janka, Executive Director, this Friday, August 7, at 5:00 pm PST / 8:00 pm EST.

Click to register!
Please note this will be a ZOOM meeting, not a typical webinar, and will be closed captioned.

Muna Malik is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles, California. Malik’s art practice is grounded in a pursuit to create cultural awareness and understanding. Her current work focuses on capturing poetic imagery and narratives of women of color and refugees. Malik lived in Minneapolis and started her art career at MCAD and the Northern Spark art festival. Her work has also been exhibited at Artworks Chicago and The University of Minnesota—Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She was the billboard artist for North Carolina for the “For Freedoms 50 State Initiative.” She recently completed exhibitions at the Band of Vices Gallery LA, Annenberg Space for Photography LA with Photoville, the International Center for Photography with “For Freedoms”, Soomaal House of Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and MOCA Geffen in Los Angeles, California. Her latest collage series was featured on vogue.com and i-D Magazine. Her ongoing series Blessing of the Boats, large scale and site responsive sculptures of origami shaped boats, will be unveiled this month in Battery Park, New York City, as part of LMCC River to River Festival, River To River 2020: Four Voices, and will then make its way to Governor’s Island after that. A forthcoming installation of Blessing of the Boats will take place with the Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College this fall. 

Introducing Ojai Institute Online! Join us!

We have taken some steps to enhance our online experience in the hopes of creating more visibility for the artists we champion while still raising resources to keep our artists and our organization viable and thriving during this incredibly forceful reset. We hope you’ll join us in this experiment, and that you’ll please share your thoughts on how we can enhance your experience.

With this we give you Ojai Institute Online – an opportunity to extend our current exhibition project Cole M James: 3 Movements. We encourage you to click through and see images of the exhibition, details of individual works, and watch short videos of Cole speaking about her work. We will also be uploading soon our recent conversation for the Ojai Institute Podcast. Individual works are available for purchase (with free shipping!) and there are also plenty of links to take you to Cole’s artist website, instagram, and our main site for additional ways to support artists and the work we do. Make a donation! Become a member of the Ojai Institute! 

Over the next few weeks, with some frequency, we will begin to introduce additional artists under Spotlight. Artists we have worked with and ones that we’re interested in and excited about supporting. Details and announcements will also flow through our social platforms, please follow us on Instagram and Facebook if not already doing so.

Cole M James: 3 Movements, Student Workshop: February 29, 2020

Ojai Institute Presents Books That Breathe: Non Linear Storytelling

Free Student Workshop with Cole M James, Artist in Residence

Location: Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, 248 South Montgomery Street, Ojai

  • Saturday, February 29, 2020, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

 

Students of all ages are invited to attend a free workshop with Cole M James, Ojai Institute Artist in Residence. Students will have the opportunity to tour the art exhibition Cole M James: 3 Movements, meet the artist, and participate in a book making workshop. Lunch and all materials will be provided.

Our memory has the amazing ability to collapse and expand time. Books That Breathe is a design based workshop. We write or draw memories or information on sheets of paper that are folded and combined into collapsible and expandable books.

The work of Cole M James is that of a negotiator, navigating the African Diaspora, circling the expanse of queerness and fumbling through womanhood. James’ interdisciplinary work explores the intersections between digital production and the analog collections of lived experiences. James was born in Chicago and raised in Moreno Valley, California. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Cal State San Bernardino and Masters in Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University. James currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

With 3 Movements, the artist is inviting the viewer on a personal diaspora journey, with moments of reflection, and a closing event that offers the viewer resources to pursue their own journey. The inherent generosity of this project explores being comfortable or mindfully uncomfortable in the unknowing of one’s cultural heritage. 3 Movements has been informed by the artist’s recent time spent this past summer in Ghana, and an ongoing exploration of cross cultural ethnomedicinal knowledge especially as to how it relates to the female body.

To register please contact:

Frederick Janka, Executive Director, fjanka@cgbfoundation.org or 646.334.1006

Cole M James: 3 Movements, Special Guest: Sade Musa: Saturday, February 22, 2020

Ojai Institute
Cole M James: 3 Movements
Special Guest: Sade Musa

Saturday, February 22, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation
248 South Montgomery Street, Ojai

Sade Musa is an herbalist, wellness educator, and activist. She founded Roots of Resistance (@rootsofresistance) — a project which aims to reconnect people with their ancestral healing practices and address health disparities and other forms of injustice impacting marginalized communities. 

XANADU Conversation with Gary Lang and Russell Young: Thursday, February 6, 2020

XANADU
Lobby Chat:
Gary Lang & Russell Young

Thursday, February 6, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
The Gallery at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara
121 State Street, Santa Barbara

You are invited to join Frederick Janka, Executive Director for a conversation and reception with artists featured in the current exhibition XANADU. All are welcome!

Conversation will begin promptly at 5:00 followed by exhibition tours and reception.

Cole M James in Residence: 3 Movements: November 16, 2019 – February 29, 2020

Cole M James in Residence: 3 Movements
November 16, 2019 – February 29, 2020

The Ojai Institute, the artist centric initiative of the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, is pleased to announce Cole M James in Residence: 3 Movements will open to all on Saturday, November 16, 2019 and continue through the end of February 2020. This dynamic artist residency, exhibition, and community engagement project will exist in three parts and over multiple sites throughout the Ojai Valley.

This project will inaugurate a new Artist in Residence Program at Oak Grove School. The school will host the artist on campus with both living and studio spaces, offering the unique opportunity for first hand student engagement. Additional partnerships with the Ojai Unified School District and Santa Barbara City College will offer deeper engagement opportunities with a broad spectrum of students in our region. 

All are welcome to join us on Saturday, November 16 for a conversation with the artist for our Ojai Institute Podcast starting at 5:00 pm followed by an artist’s reception, and a ticketed artist’s dinner.

With 3 Movements, the artist is inviting the viewer on a personal diaspora journey, with moments of reflection, and a closing event that offers the viewer resources to pursue their own journey. The inherent generosity of this project explores being comfortable or mindfully uncomfortable in the unknowing of one’s cultural heritage. 3 Movements has been informed by the artist’s recent time spent this summer in Ghana, and an ongoing exploration of cross cultural ethnomedicinal knowledge especially as to how it relates to the female body.

In the artist’s own words:

There are truths to being African American, I will never know the language my ancestors or the traditions of their ancestors. This began my investigation into the unknown or rather an embrace of the unknowable and the ability to transcend the unknown into the imagined and the experiential. My intention is to embark on an imagined story of creation with a system of reactions centered on the sharing of hopefulness in experience as it coincides with memory.

Conceived in three parts, the first of which will be an installation of what the artist is calling Impossible Vessels featuring objects made in ceramic, glass, and paper. These works will be on view for the opening reception. Beginning in December, the exhibition will become augmented with both sound and scent sculptures as well as works from hands on art making student workshops, and a special artist led interactive culinary experience exploring connections between traditional African and American Soul Food recipes. It was also possible to assess the quality of some medicines. In February, the third and final part of the project will feature a public conversation with the artist, joined by Sade Musa, herbalist (Roots of Resistance) and a special guest. The conversation will explore the roles of ethnomedicinal systems and its manifestations within the creative process.

The work of Cole M James is that of a negotiator, navigating the African Diaspora, circling the expanse of queerness and fumbling through womanhood. James’ interdisciplinary work explores the intersections between digital production and the analog collections of lived experiences. James was born in Chicago and raised in Moreno Valley, California. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Cal State San Bernardino and Masters in Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University. James currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Image: Cole M James, Within A Universe, 2019, Digital Print. Courtesy the Artist.

Event Calendar:

Events take place at 248 South Montgomery Street in Ojai, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, November 15, 10:00am:
Cole M James Artist Lecture, all are welcome
Off Site Location:
Humanities Building, Room 111, Santa Barbara City College, 721 Cliff Dr, Santa Barbara

Saturday, November 16, 1:00 – 4:00pm:
Oak Grove All-School Showcase and Open House and Cole M James artist reception in the Main House of Oak Grove, all are welcome
Off Site Location: 
220 West Lomita Ave, Ojai

Saturday, November 16, 5:00pm:
Cole M James in Conversation for Ojai Institute Podcast, all are welcome

Saturday, November 16, 6:30pm:
Cole M James in Residence: 3 Movements, Artist Reception, all are welcome

Saturday, November 16, 8:00pm:
Cole M James Artist Dinner, tickets available below, free for Ojai Institute Founder’s Circle level members and above.

Friday, December 6, 7:00 – 9:00pm:
Oak Grove High School Visual and Performing Arts Showcase featuring Cole M James
Off Site Location: 
220 West Lomita Ave, Ojai

Saturday, December 14, 6:00pm:
Cole M James Artist led culinary experience exploring recipes from Ghana and Soul Food, at a private residence in Ojai. Tickets available below.

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 5:00 – 7:00pm:
Panel Discussion: Cole M James, Sade Musa, and special guest, all are welcome.

Additional events to be announced.

Quantity:Ticket Type:Amount:Description:
Dinner Ticket: Saturday, December 14100.00 USDTime: 6:00 pm. Join us for an artist led culinary experience exploring recipes from Ghana and Soul Food. Location: Private residence, Ojai
Your confirmation will be emailed after payment is complete

 

Lead Underwriter2500.00 USDLead Underwriters will be listed on all digital and print materials and receive invitations for two guests to each ticketed dinner, a limited edition print, and a limited edition scent designed for the exhibition.
Underwriter1000.00 USDUnderwriters will be listed on all digital and print materials and receive invitations for two guests to each ticketed dinner, and a limited edition print.
Patron500.00 USDPatrons will be listed on all digital and print materials and receive invitations for two guests to each ticketed dinner.
Your confirmation will be emailed after payment is complete

 

Or give any amount in support of Cole M James in Residence: 3 Movements

 

Visit:
Ojai Institute and the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation
248 South Montgomery Street
Ojai, CA 93023

Thursday – Saturday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm daily, and by appointment

For more information please contact Frederick Janka, Executive Director, by email fjanka@cgbfounation.org or by phone, 646.334.1006.