Hybrid ArtNight @ the Armory

On-Demand All Night

Alison Saar's Catfish Dreamin'
The Armory is excited to present Alison Saar's Catfish Dreamin’, an outdoor temporary sculpture and related online program.

One of Saar's earliest public projects, Catfish Dreamin' was originally commissioned in 1993 by The Contemporary in Baltimore. Inspired by the city's traditional African-American fish and produce vendors, Catfish Dreamin' featured a modified vintage pickup truck that housed a 6-foot catfish sculpture. Inside the catfish's mouth were river stones imprinted with the word "dream." Saar traveled the piece across the Mid-Atlantic in the early '90s, gifting the river stones to anyone who shared their dreams and memories with her.

This new iteration re-imagines the truck, sculpture, and stones as a temporary outdoor installation. It is presented alongside a selection of online artworks (chosen by Saar), and includes a map of recommended LA County waterways to enjoy these virtual works on your mobile device. Contributing artists include Neelanjana Banerjee, Carolina Caycedo, Carmina Escobar with Wesam Nasser, Kate Lain, as well as Saar.
See the Online Artworks

Mas Puentes / Menos Muros (More Bridges / Less Walls)
We're honored to help host the debut of this poignant, virtual project of writings, art, and videos by immigrant and refugee students at Blair High School’s International Academy. Watch this short video of key participants sharing their often-harrowing stories of migration to the US. This project was produced during an artist residency at Blair, designed and led by artist Sehba Sarwar.

The project is funded in part by Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division and cosponsored by Armory Center for the Arts.
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In-Person Activities

ArtNight Pasadena @ artWORKS Teen Center
2914 E. Walnut Street
Pasadena, 91107
6:00 to 10:00 PM

Bring your masks and have some fun! In collaboration with our partners from Learning Works Charter School, Armory Teaching Artists will provide an evening of distanced art experiences. Activities include mini “oil pastel walls” and painting small scale canvases with teaching artist Heather Hilliard. In the studio, watch artist Sergio Hernandez’s screen printing demonstration and take a print home. Participate in hourly raffles of beautiful student work from past aerosol art classes (pictured). There's plenty of free parking, too!

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Sehba Sarwar's On Belonging
Across the Street from the Armory
In Memorial Park
Through October 25

This site-responsive, collaborative installation from artist Sehba Sarwar is dedicated to global communities and refugees who resist walls, borders, and checkpoints. Sarwar asked local participants to write or doodle about how they found comfort and belonging during the isolation over the past year. Responses are then suspended from tree limbs wrapped with ajrak fabric from Sarwar’s home city of Karachi, Sindh (Pakistan).

The project is funded in part by Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division and cosponsored by Armory Center for the Arts.

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We would like to thank the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, and all our sponsors, artists, partners, and volunteers who made tonight possible.