First 2016 Pop Up Exhibition by Black Cube Features the Designed Transformation of an Entire House in San Antonio as Part of CAMx

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Black Cube Artist Fellow, Stephanie Kantor’s site-specific pop up exhibition will take place in San Antonio, Texas, as part of Contemporary Art Month’s annual exchange (CAMx). This ceramic installation will take place in partnership with Sala Diaz, a San Antonio-based experimental nonprofit which operates out of an old duplex in the Southtown neighborhood.

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Four rooms, loosely grouped by historical periods, feature more than 1,600 hand-painted tiles and 36 ceramic vessels, tapestries, and custom wallpapers.

Black Cube, a nomadic contemporary art museum based in Denver, is partnering with Sala Diaz, a San Antonio-based experimental nonprofit, to produce ‘Mock Pavilion,’ a site-specific ceramic installation by Black Cube artist fellow Stephanie Kantor. This immersive pop up exhibition is being coordinated as part of Contemporary Art Month’s annual exchange (CAMx).

The exhibition will take place at Sala Diaz, 517 Stieren Street in San Antonio, from March 5-31. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, March 5 from 6:00 – 10:00 P.M. that is free and open to the public.

‘Mock Pavilion’ explores points of cultural transition through the interpretation of historic design motifs from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Inspired by the repurposed domestic space of Sala Diaz, ‘Mock Pavilion’ oscillates between referencing the interior of a bourgeois home, museum period rooms, and cultural pavilions as places of visual and experienced pleasure. Four rooms, loosely grouped by historical periods, feature more than 1,600 hand-painted tiles and 36 ceramic vessels, tapestries, and custom wallpapers. Kantor’s vivid ceramic works defy categorization as painting, sculpture, or pottery, and the artist’s interpretation of traditional patterns creates a space of cultural amalgamation, hybridization, and boundary blurring. ‘Mock Pavilion’ questions cultural identity as defined by geopolitical boundaries to highlight the shifting nature of visual culture and the fluidity of the world around us.

About the Artist: Stephanie Kantor's work explores the paradoxical aspects of culture, both expansive and local. She samples at will, an arbitrary collection of misinterpretations, gentrifying foreign cultures. Kantor makes large scale, sculptural ceramic pots and places them within created environments, transporting the viewer to an alternate reality. She utilizes ornamentation and decoration to create a facade of culture, where her objects speak to multiplicity, cultural diversity, and artifice. Kantor holds an MFA in Ceramics from University of Colorado Boulder and BFA from Penn State University. Kantor has shown nationally at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Pargraph Gallery, The Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Belger Crane Yard Studios, and Leedy Voulkous.

About Black Cube
Black Cube is a nonprofit, nomadic contemporary art museum. At Black Cube, we see ourselves as an unconventional museum pursuing the most effective ways to engage new audiences while supporting artists’ sustainability. Without the traditional boundaries of a physical building, Black Cube is experienced primarily through pop-up art exhibitions and shops conceived by our artist fellows. Black Cube was founded by artist and philanthropist, Laura Merage. Find out more at http://www.blackcubeart.org.

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