September 2 - October 19, 2016 Todd Laby, Cyrus Tilton, and Luke Heimbigner
OPENING: Friday, September 2, during Oakland Art Murmur 6 - 9:00 PM ARTIST TALK: Saturday, September 10, 2:00 PM, Artist Reception CELEBRATION: Friday, October 7, during Oakland Art Murmur, 6 - 9:00 PM
Reunite with Lovers: A Fundraiser to Benefit Cyrus Tilton
Please join us on October 21, 2016, for a celebration of art and life at Vessel Gallery.
We’re gathering for several reasons: to toast Cyrus Tilton and cheer him on in his battle against cancer, to raise funds to defray his medical expenses, and to launch the Lovers for Cyrus Tilton campaign while we marvel once again at Lovers, the astonishing central work of his installation The Cycle.
Back in 2012, The Cycle filled all of Vessel Gallery with a series of works inspired by the life cycle and behavior of insects that, when looked at through the lens Tilton created came to seem all too human. We peered into Potentials, a series of wall-mounted sculptures that rendered chunks of earth in cross-section, revealing nested clusters of locust eggs. We walked through a swarm of hundreds of carefully fashioned Individuals: a stunning, immersive, kinetic and sonic installation. Finally, we stepped gingerly around the awesome Lovers, a pair of human-scale mating locusts. Lovers has since been installed in several locations and seen in multiple exhibitions. Those who saw it were mesmerized by The Cycle, especially Lovers.
Collectors, art enthusiasts, and community members have frequently expressed the wish that Lovers find a permanent home. We’re asking for your help in making that wish come true. Please consider contributing toward the purchase of Lovers so that it can be offered to a museum or institution where it can be pondered and enjoyed for years to come. Contact us with your support and your suggestions for a suitable site for its permanent installation. And be sure to come by Vessel on October 21, 2016, to see Lovers—they’re still getting it on.
TITLE: Reunite with Lovers, A Fundraiser to Benefit Cyrus Tilton DATE: Friday, October 21, 2016 TIME: 7:00 – 10:00PM PLACE: Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612, 510-893-8800 PROGRAM: New Site Specific Dance Choreographed by Oona Wong Danders, Becky Kalinowski, & Dometrius James (Mwahaha / White Cloud), The Town Chamber Society, Zack Viera (Wolf & Crow), and Lewis Patzner.
Vessel Gallery hosts Reunite with Lovers, A Fundraiser to Benefit Cyrus Tilton features a silent auction, special libations, delicious food, and artworks by the Vessel Gallery community. This warm–spirited and highly anticipated event serves as a launching platform to purchase and secure placement of Lovers in a museum to ensure the legacy of Cyrus Tilton’s work, and that the artist’s evocative pieces continue to be generative, and shared with the public through exhibition.
POTENTIAL Preview - 7:00-8:30PM Preview Event Tickets: POTENTIAL $150 each, $175 each at the door LOVERS $300 a couple, $350 a couple at the door Purchase a POTENTIAL Preview level ticket to attend the special Reunite with Lovers, A Fundraiser to Benefit Cyrus Tilton. Arrive before the crowds to enjoy catered food, wine tasting, and an opportunity to preview artworks for auction, as well as purchase artworks before the silent auction begins. (Performances by very special guests!) A wonderful opportunity to become an art patron, and to participate as a donor of Tilton’s Lovers, helping to ensure its placement in a permanent collection of a museum.
SWARM Main Event - 8:30-10:00PM SWARM Tickets: Individuals $40 each in advance, $55 each at the door Enjoy an evening of entertainment, and participate in this rare opportunity to bid on and collect artworks from the immensely artistic Tilton family, the Vessel Gallery community of artists, and drawings by Cyrus Tilton. Additional bid items will also be available. Special guests TBA.