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FIRST FRIDAY: Facing West Shadows

April 1, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - April 2, 2022 @ 12:00 am

First Friday late night event full of art! See exhibitions and participate in hands-on activities

Join us in celebrating the opening of Facing West Shadows: The Endless End, a cinematic, sculptural installation opening Friday, April 1st at 5pm for South FIRST FRIDAYS ArtWalk SJ. Dive into this collaborative and immersive project and let your attention be guided through projected moving images, hand-made animation, and cast shadows with a multi-dimensional soundscape. By weaving multiple moving images of Bay Area ecosystems, artist collective, Facing West Shadows, takes the viewer on a time-based and immersive journey through cycles of ecological and species extinction and sometimes, survival.

In celebration of Facing West Shadows opening night, the ICA will have a hands-on shadow puppet making activity. This event is FREE and open to the public. Space will be limited, so we ask that you please only RSVP if you plan to attend. Masks will be required to enter the space.

Note: If your attendance status changes, please email External Relations Associate Bella Rodriguez at [email protected] prior to the event.

About Facing West Shadows

Facing West Shadows (principal members: Lydia Greer (artistic director) and Caryl Kientz (theatrical director) in collaboration with artist Ya Wen Chien is a collective of artists, puppeteers, filmmakers, and musicians hybridizing art forms to create magical acts of rebellion as experimental art that is sustainable in the current gold rush climate of the Bay Area. Facing West Shadows combines analog shadow theatre with original animation, video projection of found footage, and sometimes Opera performed live. Expanding into film, theatre, and installation, Facing West Shadows depicts stories re-imagined with unique visual storytelling to create surprising experiences for the audience by seamlessly combining old and new technologies and art forms.

Facing West Shadows: The Endless End is generously supported by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


April 1, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
April 2, 2022 @ 12:00 am


Institute of Contemporary Art San José
560 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113 United States

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