The Betty Mae Kramer Gallery Presents A Time for Collaboration

By Editorial Team on April 26, 2021
Courtesy of Meeting Ground.
Event: Monday, April 26 at 6:30pm
Other events to be Scheduled Spring and Summer 2021
Ongoing through Summer 2021

Meeting Ground is honored to be included in Creative MOCO’s virtual exhibition/screening/performance A Time for Collaboration curated by Heloisa Escudero. Join them on Monday, April 26 at 6:30 PM (EST) for a talk with the curator and a screening of Meeting Ground’s collaborative project “Yard of the Yard” featuring a compilation of “yards” from artists and non-artists.

A Time For Collaboration
The Betty Mae Kramer Gallery presents A Time for Collaboration, a series of virtual performance art exhibitions in the Spring/Summer 2021! The first exhibition in this series focuses on the importance of togetherness and inspiration during this season of isolation.

In this time of separation to ensure safety we need to emphasize the spirit of working together and inspiring each other. With this online exhibition we look at two projects by Rachel Schmidt and Meeting Ground that emphasize the importance of collaborating and working together to achieve a greater purpose.

  • “TRIADS: Arrangements in Site & Sound” by Rachel Schmidt with collaborator Hannah Davis, explores the relationships between performances of classical music, physical sites, and the communities surrounding them.
  • “Meeting Ground” is a collaborative collection of projects that considers the ground as a point of entry to shared space where interconnection between earth and self, individual and other is made visible. Artists, curators and activists Susan Main and MJ Neuberger invite participants to look down and attend to the spaces they walk upon.
  • RSVP: A Time for Collaboration
  • More info: https://www.creativemoco.com/experience-art-culture/kramer-gallery/

About Yard of the Yard:

Yard of the Yard is a Meeting Ground collaborative project that invites artists and non-artists to point a camera at the ground and share one yard (36 X 36 inches) of what they consider their “yard” via recorded or live streaming video or animated still photographs. A one yard by one yard piece of ground is a very small bit for humans. A body can barely sit on it, but the ground beneath is a complex indicator of a larger field of activity: geological, historical, biological, cultural, meteorological, phenomenological. It holds big stories. A measured, defined space serves as a container for individual acts of attention, reflection, and action.

Yard of the Yard is an ongoing project with versions that include live streaming video exchange and projection installations. For the exhibition at the Kramer Gallery, a video comprised of selected footage and audio from selected participants’ videos and photographs weaves together performances, simple acts of touching, and attentive observations of one yard by one yard plots of ground into a common yard of shared space.

The version of Yard of the Yard featured in A Time For Collaboration includes selections from:

  • Sobia Ahmad, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Ahmad Afararja, Mia Eva Rollow, and EDELOmigrante, I Am Worthy of Life, Dheisha Refugee Camp, West Bank, Palestine
  • Mary Baumann, Powell, Wyoming
  • Inga Bragadottir, Rockville, Maryland
  • Alexander D’Agostino, Spell, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Maggie Gourlay, Bethany Beach, Delaware
  • Yunjeong Hong, Zinnias, Purdue, Indiana
  • Lauren Hubbard, Derwood, Maryland
  • Betsy Lohrer Hall, Long Beach, California
  • Katie Kehoe, Toronto and Cape Breton artifacts, Canada
  • Nara Park, Washington, D.C.
  • Ken Main, After The Graze Before The Butterfly, Patagonia, Arizona
  • Susan Main, Derwood and Olney, Maryland and Roberts, Montana
  • Frank McCauley, Spirit Plot, Rockville, Maryland
  • MJ Neuberger, Governor’s Island, New York, New York
  • Betsy Ritz, Lincoln, Rhode Island
  • Amanda Rockler and Andres Ovalle-Campos, Sandy Spring, Maryland
  • Lynn Silverman, Union Cemetery, East Berlin, Pennsylvania
  • Patricia Underwood, Castleton, Virginia

To Participate:

Yard of the Yard is an ongoing project. To participate: https://www.cultivateprojects.net/participate-yard-of-the-yard

About Meeting Ground:

Meeting Ground is a collaborative collection of projects that considers the ground as a point of entry to shared space where interconnection between earth and self, individual and other is made visible. Artists, curators and activists Susan Main and MJ Neuberger invite participants to look down and attend to the spaces they walk upon.

Individual and collective actions in parcels of equal and finite measure are interwoven across distance and international boundaries while ritual impressions made in soil suggest reconnection to indigenous bodies. Haptic and visual experiences combined with geolocation and context encourage deeper exploration of the ground, light, air, and water we hold in common. Meetinggroundprojects@gmail.com.

Meeting Ground collaborative work is featured through 2021 at Cultivate.