Artist Fritz Haeg to present a Workshop at MOCA

MOCA North Miami. July 25th, 2009. 2:00 p.m.

Artist Fritz Haeg will lead a workshop on his project Salon Colada: Miami HQ, an installation and series of salon discussions he initiated for the exhibition Convention currently on view at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA,) in North Miami. The workshop will be held on Saturday, July 25th at 2:00 p.m. at MOCA and is free with museum admission.

Haeg selected Coral Gables residents Keith Waddington and Mindy Nelson from an open-call to households in the Miami area for residents interested in conducting salon discussions in their home. The couple, both professors at University of Miami, agreed to have the contents of their living room transplanted to the museum galleries, while Haeg provided new furnishings to facilitate the meetings in their home. To date they have held 4 salons in their home with discussion topics that range from Art and Science, to Tourism, to the discussion of the book The White Tiger and Indian cuisine. At an upcoming salon they have entitled “Neighborhood Know How”, participants will share a personal expertise with the group.  

Los Angeles-based artist, architect and designer Haeg engages in diverse artistic and curatorial practices that include designing houses, facilitating grassroots political activism, and experimenting in radical gardening. Rejecting categorization and specialization, Haeg is attracted to multidisciplinary projects that manifest as social opportunities and inspirational models. His work has been exhibited at the 2008 Whitney Biennial in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary Art Museum Baltimore, and the Tate Modern in London. This month, Haeg has published an artist book The Sundown Salon Unfolding Archive, a comprehensive account of a series of salons he held in Los Angeles from 2001-2006 that will be for sale in the MOCA Shop. The salons’ exchange of ideas and art through events, gatherings, and performances came to represent an alternative model to the isolated solitary practice of creating in a private studio or office and became a celebration of communal response to a common purpose and specific environment. Haeg is also the author of Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn (2008), which chronicled the conversion of several sod lawns of private homes into productive vegetable gardens.  

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