Discussing history through performance

A NEW subject produced by broadcaster-journalist, poet, musician, and activist Lourd de Veyra, together with media personality, writer, composer, and sound producer Erwin Romulo will give a view on the country’s rich past, as part of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB)’s revised curriculum for its Arts Management Program. To give a glimpse on this course, the two will present A History of Ideas, a multimedia presentation and performance on contemporary Philippine intellectual history and culture. It aims to analyze the past and review the culture from a historical perspective and further bring these concepts to current times. Tickets to the performance on Aug. 4, 6 p.m., at the 5th Floor Theater of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s School of Design and Arts Campus, 950 Pablo Ocampo St., Malate, Manila are P500.

Pushing the Clouds Away

ON AUG. 8, Mario de Rivera opens his exhibition Pushing the Clouds Away at the Globe Art Gallery. Art critic Cid Reyes wrote “In every visit to a De Rivera show, it’s as if an image bank had split open, whence emerges an opulence of a fabulous scenery, a veritable tapestry of pictorial memories drawn from a well of antiquity and contemporary pop temper.” The exhibit runs until Aug. 30. Globe Art Gallery is located at The Globe Tower, 32nd corner 7th Aves, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Signs of Life

THE Cultural Center of the Philippines opens Froilan Calayag’s Signs of Life today, 6 p.m., at the Pasilyo Guillermo Tolentino. For more information, contact the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division at 832-1125 loc 1504/1505 and 832-3702, 0917-603-3809, e-mail ccp.exhibits@gmail.com, or visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph.

Artist Talk

AN Artist Talk will be held on Aug. 3, featuring two of the artists — Poklong Anading and Maya Muñoz — from the current 1335Mabini exhibition, Dissonances. The event starts at 4 p.m. at 1335Mabini, Karrivin Plaza, Makati. Anading’s spectrum of work ranges from video, installation, photography, drawing, and painting. Muñoz has had numerous solo and group shows in the Philippines and abroad, and in 2006 she was awarded the 3rd Ateneo Art Award. Dissonances runs until Aug. 4.

Playdates added

DUE TO popular demand, six additional playdates were added for the run of the play M. Butterfly which will be held at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center from Sept. 14-30. With a total now of 21 performances (with no extension), M. Butterfly, written by David Henry Hwang, will be directed by Kanakan-Balintagos. The Tony Award-winning play is loosely based on events surrounding a 1986 espionage trial about a mysterious Chinese opera singer and a French diplomat. It stars RS Francisco and Olivier Borten. This re-staging of M. Butterfly was also designed to benefit various charitable organizations as most performances will be 100% non-profit. Tickets, which range in price from P1,000 to P2,000, are available at TicketWorld ( 891-9999 ).

Elizabeth Oropesa exhibit

ACTRESS Elizabeth Oropesa’s art exhibit entitled Golden Touch is on view at the lobby of the Midas Hotel until Aug. 25. The actress and a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, decided to pursue art despite having no formal training in drawing or painting. Part of the proceeds from the exhibit will go to the San Lorenzo Ruiz Home for the Elderly operated by the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Unpacking a life

SILVERLENS announces that Calle Wright’s second exhibition, Judy Freya Sibayan’s Moving House, Unpacking a Life of Critical Art Making will be on view for three months from Aug. 3 to Nov. 11, every Friday to Sunday, from noon to 7 p.m., to “unpack” a life of 43 years of art making. Last month, the artist turned 65, sold her home of 12 years, and now needs to move her archive, her book and art collection. Calle Wright, a space for presenting art but left in its original state as a house, is where Sibayan will “move house” for a short period of time. It is here where she will deal with the overwhelming “art stuff” she has lugged around all her life. A conceptual artist, Sibayan never had a studio. Instead she always has a study where she keeps her books and her archive. She has donated most of her books to the university where she taught for 30 years, and for the most part, her practice involves art that largely does not enter the art market. Thus, there remains the question of what to do with her artworks, her self-archive, and the rest of her books. For her work in Calle Wright, in addition to unpacking her archive, Sibayan will perform as the Museum of Mental Objects; publish the 19th issue of Ctrl+P after a five-year hiatus; launch her latest parodical work Performance Art Consultancy: Art, Life, Criticality; talk with visitors on her body of work, archives and archiving; give away 1,000 copies of Point d’ironie; and for the opening day, she will perform with the guests a housewarming prayer. Calle Wright is at 1890 Vasquez St., Malate, Manila.