A Festive Debut for Ann Hamilton’s ‘KAHNOP · TO TELL A STORY’
There are 25,000 basalt stones that bring language to life in the newest addition to the Stuart Collection, KAHNOP · TO TELL A STORY. Each 35-pound block contains a word or phrase that builds the 800-foot new entryway to campus. On its formal inauguration day last Saturday, campus and community members were handed a scroll and a crayon so that they could peruse the river of words and select one or more to take home with them as a rubbing. Their captures ranged from “Possible” and “A Single Species” to “Starlight” and “Our World.”
The event offered guests a chance to deeply understand how the installation was conceived over the span of three decades and the importance of the regional history of the Kumeyaay Nation through the unique feminist poem that is woven throughout. The celebration also included a world premiere performance of “step by step, line by line” by UC San Diego faculty composer Shahrokh Yadegari, an atmospheric and bold ode to the complexity of ideas that are interlaced throughout the installation that left audience members in a spell.
Explore how the event unfolded through the series of images below.
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