Just don't expect the usual opening-showing-closing routine. Wood plans to host two premiere events at the MAT before opening with a more traditional reception at the alley galleries. The solo show, Galerie Vivante, will be unveiled June 1 and 2 on the stage at the MAT and then open at Modbo/S.P.Q.R. June 8 (running through June 29.) The MAT events will allow audiences to hear Wood speak on his inspirations, processes and thoughts as well as meet the artist and his models.
Wood puts it this way in his release:
Before the days of the commercial gallery, artists had few options for showing their work. Unless they were fortunate enough to be invited into an institutional exhibition, they mostly were compelled to have a "Salon Show". This had limitations. At some point in the mid-1800s the "Vivant" was invented. Artists would unveil their work on a theater stage. This type of event allowed the artist to share their art along with info, stories and thoughts about inspiration and process. So, this evening shall serve as the opening "Ta-da" for the "Galerie Vivante" exhibitions.
Seats at the MAT shows are limited, and will cost around $8-$10. They should be available through the MAT beginning in May.