During the period between March 29 and April 8, approximately twenty high school students from Santa Monica will learn about Richard Wagner's seminal work, Der Ring des Nibelungen. Park Studio will explore the symbolism of the ring in the opera - power, greed, desire - and extend parallels in today's culture. Students will participate in Ring cycle discussions with SMMoA's educators, collaborating artists, and guest speakers. They will have a backstage tour of LA Opera and see a dress rehearsal of Götterdämmerung. Finally, with the help of environmental artist Gordon Bowen and his Arts ReFoundry Atelier, students will interpret the meaning and power of the ring, casting their own original bronze ring sculptures. Bowen's foundry is completely made from recycled materials. The final exhibition of the students' bronze works at SMMoA will be titled "Park Studio: RING" and will be on view from May 15 to August 21, 2010.
The Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) is a kunsthalle, a non-collecting museum that presents exhibitions and programs that foster diversity, innovation, and discovery in contemporary art. Through partnerships and collaborations, the museum is able to connect to a wide range of information and knowledge that enhances the life of the mind and the spirit.
For over 10 years, Park Studio has provided formative experiences for teens. Through transformative experiences of art making and collaboration with established artists and organizations, participants gain access to ideas and opportunities that have the potential to shape their adult lives.
Asuka Hisa, Director of Education, Santa Monica Museum of Art, is a Los Angeles native. She received her B.A. from Barnard College in New York and her National Diploma of Art from the École des Beaux Arts in France. Before joining the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 1998, she was an art educator with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and has worked with youth and art in France. She became the museum's Director of Education in 2000. Ms. Hisa is the Board President of the Museum Educators of Southern California a member of Art Table. In 2003, she received the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture. In 2007, she was appointed to the Arts Commission of the City of Santa Monica.