A wearable living-sculpture installation, the
11-foot-tall Sari Dress Tent
, with a
voluminous 12-foot-circumference skirt, embodies stories of migration.
If you have ever wanted to be one of the gingerbread
children huddling inside Mother Ginger’s skirt in “The Nutcracker,” here is
your chance. The 11-foot-tall Sari Dress
Tent, with a voluminous 12-foot-circumference skirt, will be the
centerpiece of our May and September Sunday Streets celebration.
A new commission from artists Robin Lasser and Adrienne Pao in honor the 10th anniversary of Tenderloin Sunday Streets, Sari Dress Tent is the latest version of
the duo’s ongoing project of Dress Tents,
wearable living-sculpture installations designed for and photographed in
specific landscapes. The dress tents use humor to raise critical questions
about gender and society. Past versions include Picnic Dress Tent, Ms.
Homeland Security (installed at the U.S.-Mexico border) and, at
Mt. Shasta, Ice Queen: Glacial Retreat
The Sari Tent Dress embodies stories of
migration. Its form is inspired by temples and minarets from India and the dome
of San Francisco City Hall. Inside, you will discover saris donated by Bay Area
women, accompanied by recordings of these women recounting wedding days,
funerals or other occasions when the sari was worn. At designated times
throughout the day, dancers from Noorani Dance Company wear the dress tent to
bring it to life on the streets of San Francisco.
The Sari Dress Tent is commissioned by the
Asian Art Museum and Livable City in San Francisco in conjunction with Art in
Transit and Adobe. Sari Tent Dress is
designed and fabricated by Robin Lasser and Adrienne Pao in collaboration with
Kovid Kapoor and Akshit Bhardwaj.