Summer Solstice

Thursday, June 20 | 5  – 8pm
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Bring your friends and family to the park to celebrate the longest day of the year! Come and see the works of Suchitra Matttai: We are nomads, we are dreamers and the first cohort of 2024 Socrates Artist Fellows. Dance to the music of Summer Solstice by guest DJ Mickey Pérez, watch performances and activations by the Artist Fellows, and enjoy food by Kinky Taco as the sun sets, and more!

The cohort 1 Artist Fellows are Kimberly Chou Tsun An, Landon Newton, Mamoun Nukumanu, and Vick Quezada.


Event Schedule

5:00 – 6:00PM

Cyanotype Print: What if there was room for everyone? with Landon Newton

What if borders, edges, or margin species could be considered sites of support, nourishment, and care? Join Fellow Landon Newton in making a large-scale cyanotype print of her installation TILT (what if these plants get out).

6:00 – 7:00PM

Solar Power: Land walk, talk and rituals with Kimberly Chou Tsun An + Daria Garina

A series of accessible rituals to engage with land and plant comrades at Socrates site, tapping into the Summer Solstice’s prime yang energy (the principle most commonly known in Chinese medicine, as well as other practices, that symbolizes light, heat, heaven, fire, and positivity). Come with a sense of curiosity and openness for gentle movement, visualization, plant touching, and rose smelling.

7:00 – 7:15PM

Juan Deere; Vick Quezada
As part of a solo performance, Vick Quezada (they/them) explores the history and politics of land by mowing the grass at Socrates Park. As Quezada pushes the iconic green lawnmower, a three-tiered vibrant grass garden is mounted atop the machine. Down below, steel mowing blades vigorously cut through the turf. In this extraordinary performance, Quezada draws attention to the issues of labor, citizenship, belonging in proximity to occupied lands, namely the homelands of the Lenape. Through this multimedia project, Vick Quezada not only illuminates these complex topics but also honors agricultural technologies developed by Mexican Indigenous people.

7:30 – 8:00PM

Awakening Ending Endless with Mamoun Nukumanu
Play your dreams into the roots of the nursery ring through the central resonator to create an emergent soundscape. “What song of healing would you play into the body of the earth so that it may be written in cells?” At the end of the performance, we will plant sunflowers from seed wrapped in biodegradable notes for things to be decomposed and recomposed.