The Living Room is a site-specific structure and gathering place being built on the Oval by artist and alum Jill Sigman ’85 during her artist residency. The structure is created out of detritus from Poly’s grounds and facilities, including yard waste, palettes, cafeteria cans, and the uninvited plants we call “weeds.” Simultaneously a sculpture, mini-stage, temporary classroom, social space, and garden for weedy edibles, The Living Room continues Sigman’s ongoing work with temporary structures, spontaneous urban plants, and relationship as performance, and supports Poly’s goals to build community through art and increase environmental awareness.
Here is a schedule of the remaining events in The Living Room:
Tuesday, May 21, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PMHUT BOOKS: "
The Living Room” becomes a FREE BOOK STORE. Stop by to browse discarded books from the library, read in the space, or take home anything you like! Books can be for you, and they also make great gifts for friends and family members.
Wednesday, May 22
COMMUNITY AND DIVERSITY DAY: A series of conversations that allows various community members the opportunity to further discuss and enact next steps toward building the more inclusive community we are seeking to be at Poly. The day consists of both facilitated conversations with specific community members as well as open-invitation times to anyone who wishes to be a part of the experience. Rain location: Gazzani Terrace
TEACH-IN WITH HADEEL MISHAL OF THE ARAB AMERICAN ASSOCIATION: All community members are invited to attend this conversation which will focus on understanding Islamophobia and developing upstander strategies.
9:45-10:30am and 1:15-1:45pm
AFFINITY AND ALLIANCE GROUP DROP-IN CONVERSATIONS: Students and adults who are already a part of an affinity and/or alliance group or would like to see new ones created are invited to share their experiences and questions with Ms. Maegawa.
Friday, May 24, 12:00-12:30pm
HUT HANG: A session organized by students in the Art and Social Change elective that aims to bring diverse members of the community together for activities and discussion. Lunch will be served.
Wednesday, May 29 at 3 PM
Rain date: May 30 at 3:30pm
HUT PERFORMANCE: A closing performance that marks the culmination of Sigman’s residency at Poly Prep. This intimate performance grows out of the process of building The Living Room and is designed for the installation and the site. Movement by Jill Sigman. Live music by Kristin Norderval.