Tuesday, Sep 24, 2013 - 11:19 am

San Diego, CA—On Thursday, October 3 from 7-10 PM, MCASD will bring its signature music and art mash-up event TNT (Thursday Night Thing) to La Jolla Playhouse to kick off the Without Walls (WoW) Festival, a four-day explosion of site-specific theater and art taking place in and around the Playhouse Theatre District.

This one-of-a-kind festival takes place Thursday, October 3 through Sunday, October 6 and will showcase more than 20 events by renowned local, national and international artists presented by the Playhouse, MCASD, UC San Diego’s departments of Theatre & Dance and Music, as well as family day (Saturday, 10/5) activities by The New Children’s Museum. In addition, the Festival will feature a beer garden, food trucks, free band performances and artist chats throughout the four days.

Throughout the WoW Festival weekend, MCASD will present works by three renowned visual and performance artists: James Luna, Kate Gilmore, and Jacolby Satterwhite. All three artists will give their premiere performance the night of TNT.

TNT guests can also partake in two participatory art experiences, alongside the festival’s many artistic and theatrical offerings. Artist Kim Garcia will present the Take-Out Gallery, a FLUX[R]US project that takes the form of a pop-up art shop and gallery exploring the exchanges between the artist, the gallery-shop, and the collector. This phone booth-sized social sculpture invites viewers to assume the roles of both artist and collector, creating found object sculptures that activate the shop as a space of exchange and transaction.

Magpie Collective (MR Barnadas & Tae Hwang + Participants) will present After Flight. Inspired by the spatial freedom suggested by tessellations (intricate geometric patterns), After Flight is a site-specific work that is both live construction and temporal performance.After Flight involves the creation of a structure that is at once a sculpture, a work environment, and a theater that transforms and extends the space of the La Jolla Playhouse Theatre District.

MCASD and local radio station 91x will present music performances by Lady Dottie and the Diamonds and Two Wolves. Guests will enjoy art-making activities, tasty cocktails, and so much more.

James Luna, Kate Gilmore, and Jacolby Satterwhite will all offer additional performances throughout the WoW Festival weekend.

James Luna's performance will take place at 8 PM on Thursday, October 3 and at 8 PM on Saturday, October 5 at the La Jolla Playhouse Theatre District. In Futuristic Retro Ritual, a new work commissioned by MCASD, celebrated performance and conceptual artist Luna takes up the iconic image of the American Indian storyteller as a vehicle for his narratives of contemporary Indian life. A Pooyukitchum/Luiseño Indian living on the La Jolla Reservation in northern San Diego County, Luna’s fireside stories incorporate multimedia elements and music, interweaving past and present, autobiography and cultural identity, with poignancy and humor.

Kate Gilmore's performance will take place from 7-10 PM on Thursday, October 3, and from 5-8 PM on Sunday, October 6 at the La Jolla Playhouse Theatre District. In Kate Gilmore’s new performance Off the Old Block, a group of women chip away at cast plaster cubes over the course of many hours. Viewers will witness the slow destruction and transformation of seemingly impenetrable, art historically loaded structures in this new performance addressing themes of rigid social roles and the gendered body as a tool for change. 

Jacolby Satterwhite's performance will take place from 7-10 PM on Thursday, October 3, and from 8:30-10:30 PM on Friday, October 4 at the La Jolla Playhouse Theatre District.In this site-specific, performative video installation, Satterwhite performs as one of the avatars that appear in his 3-D computer animations. Expanding and blurring the spatial barriers between video and live action arenas, Satterwhite performs a provisionally choreographed dance based on the drawings he often references in his video practice, with variables in the performance shifting in response to his audience.

For more information about TNT, visit For information about performances happening throughout the WoW Festival weekend, please visit


About TNT   

TNT is typically held three times per year to celebrate the opening of exhibitions at MCASD Downtown. TNT was launched in August 2002 as a monthly event on the first Thursday of every month. The last monthly TNT took place in April 2009, when it took a brief hiatus before returning in November 2009. TNT is an all-ages event. Admission is $10 for the general public, $8 for students, and free for MCASD Members. Tickets to the October 3 TNT are available at Tickets to TNT are free with the purchase of any WoW production happening that evening. For information about the next TNT on November 14, visit


More About the Artists

James Luna’s work has been collected by museums nationally and internationally, and he was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution to represent the National Museum of the American Indian at the Venice Biennale in 2005. His work has been presented at The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada; Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand; the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire; The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Nippon International Performance Art Festival, Tokyo, Japan; New Territories festival, Glasgow, Scotland. Luna has received awards including the Joan Mitchell Award for Sculpture; the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art from the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN; Best Live Short Performance at the American Indian Film Festival; and a Bessie Award from the Dance Theater Workshop of New York. There is no admission charge to see Luna's performances.

Kate Gilmore is an acclaimed installation, video, and performance-based artist whose work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at MOCA Cleveland; the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Bryant Park (Public Art Fund); Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; Artpace, San Antonio; The J. Paul Getty Museum; The Rose Art Museum; Istanbul Museum of Art; Haifa Museum of Art; PS1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center. Gilmore has been the recipient of several international awards and honors such as the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Award for Artistic Excellence, the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance, Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award, The LMCC Workspace Residency, New York Foundation for The Arts Fellowship, and The Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Residency. Her work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Indianapolis Museum of Art; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. 

Jacolby Satterwhite received a MFA from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia in 2010 and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore in 2008. Satterwhite’s work has been included in group exhibitions such as Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at the Contemporary Arts Center Houston; Shift: Projects | Perspectives | Directions at The Studio Museum in Harlem; Fore (the fourth iteration of the “F” series including FrequencyFreestyle, and Flow) at The Studio Museum in Harlem; First Look: New Art Online: Aboveground Animation: 3D-Form at the New Museum, New York; and he was a contributor to Clifford Owens’ Anthology project at MoMA/PS1.  He was the recipient of a 1st year and 2nd year Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship (FAWC) in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and has completed residencies at The Headlands Center of Arts in Sausalito, California and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Satterwhite will be featured in the 2014 season of New York Close Up, Art21’s documentary film series devoted to artists in the first decade of their professional career, living and working in New York City.


Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum’s collection includes more than 4,000 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Dr. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD.

Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the James Irvine Foundation.