"Picnic" is an interactive site intervention that transforms underutilized public spaces into venues for meaningful social engagement. Egret Grassland will be temporarily transformed by the installation of red and white fabric squares staked into a 2000 square foot gingham blanket for a large scale picnic event. The installation is activated when the audience gathers for a shared meal and conversation. The piece is part of a larger commission by artist Alison Heryer for the lawn of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Bring food and connect with colleagues of World Stage Design 2017.
Alison Heryer is an interdisciplinary artist whose work combines costume, textiles, and community engagement. Her work as a costume designer includes productions at Steppenwolf, The New Victory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Redmoon Theatre, and La MaMa. She has exhibited work at the 808 Gallery, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and Prague Quadrennial of Design and Space. Heryer holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and is a member of United Scenic Artists. She is an Assistant Professor of Art Practice at Portland State University.
Each square hold 2 people. Audience members attending the event alone will get paired with other. Before entry, two person will receive a red or white square.
The audience members with reserved squares stake their spots adjacent to the existing blanket, making it bigger and then enjoys a picnic with strangers, sharing food and conversation.
*please prepare your own simple meals