The ReinCarnation Project

Came from: San Diego

Year: 1992

Position: Former Carnation Dairy Factory

Location: 10th Avenue and J Street

Architect: Architistic Endeavor (Wayne Buss)

Wayne Buss turned a vintage warehouse into a creative showcase, molding it into the crown jewel of a neglected downtown San Diego neighborhood that desperately needed an identity.

And his transformation in the 1990s of the former Carnation Building at 10th Avenue and J Street into the mixed-use ReinCarnation Project, complete with artists’ lofts, residences and offices, served as a model to other downtown visionaries.

Within five years, new shops, cafes and converted lofts were beginning to take hold.


 

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East Village’s Art Incubation Fail

by Kinsee Morlan via Voice of San Diego:

https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/arts/east-villages-art-incubation-fail/

Eyes Peer No More from the Old Dairy Building

By Kelly Bennet via The Voice of San Diego:

https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/arts/eyes-peer-no-more-from-the-old-dairy-building/

 


Photos by Wayne Buss. Click on images to enlarge.


Scans from San Diego Home/ Garden. Lifestyle. Issue September 1997

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From San Diego Decor & Style

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Photo via Chuck Kaminski

East Village Project Artwalk shirt Chuck Kaminski save the carn


 

San Diego East Village Project

Jorge Moreno (Founder)

East Village Project Creator & admin

Came from: Mexico City

Year: 1995

Position: Volunteer at Sushi Performance & Visual Art

Now: North Park San Diego


In the early 90’s I used to visit the art galleries in on downtown Broadway street, where I met Scot McDougall and Cesar Rojo (some of my first friends here in San Diego). Scot introduced me to the East Village via Sushi Performance and Visual Art, located in the ReinCarnation Building, where I became a volunteer. I really enjoyed seeing the behind the scenes of many great shows as well as the before and after, especially because we were able to roam freely in the building. I volunteered for a few years and met lots of people and little did I know that (my now wife) Katherine was among that crowd. Katherine worked for Architistic Endeavor (Wayne Buss – Architects for the ReinCarnation building). I met Katherine through Scot at an event at the Clarion Hotel, the event was put on by “The Publication” and they were showcasing all the people that had been in their cover for that year. Scot was one of the people featured in it…

For the next few years I attended and volunteered for more Sushi events, especially their Red Ball fundraisers and I mainly stayed around the ReinCarnation Building.

Some of my fondest memories were with great friends, Scot, Vicky, Katherine, Gayle, Teena, Wayne and Beth.

I particularly remember the last party hosted for Wayne at the ReinCarnation building, that was right about when the new ball park was being built. Everyone had a honest great time. Below are some photos of that event.

There’s no particular thing that I miss from those days, I think I miss it as a whole. I miss the events at Sushi, I miss spending most of the day with artists and the like. The 90’s in San Diego’s East Village where great times.

I currently live in North Park, working for myself in the graphic/web/social media arts


Scot McDougall Jorge Moreno Sushi Red Ball


San Diego East Village Project

 

Katherine Baker

Came from: Fort Wayne, IN

Year: 1995

Position: Architect


I moved to San Diego from Indiana in the summer of 1995, and began working in the East Village at the end of that year. I worked with Architect/Developer Wayne Buss on the renovation of the former Carnation Dairy factory, aka, The ReinCarnation Project. It was my dream job, being straight out of architecture school with a strong desire to work on adaptive reuse projects. This project was not only reusing an existing building, but \”recycling previously used parts of the City.\” This was the tagline for Wayne\s architecture business. Working in this office led to volunteering at Sushi Performance and Visual Art, a primary tenant of the building. I was also privileged to attend several arts events that took place on the property, including the 1997 Interior Designer\s Showcase, inSITE 97 installations and kickoff event featuring Laurie Anderson, Latin Music Festivals, and many other events. Many of the friends I made in San Diego stem from working in the East Village, including my husband, Jorge Moreno.


 


San Diego East Village Project

Scot McDougall

Came from: Florida

Year: Started with Sushi’s sweet 16 fundraiser

Position: All Around Great Guy

Now: San Diego’s North County


So, in 1989 I was living in New Mexico. I was working for Santa Fe artist Frank Howell. He needed some help with his gallery in La Jolla and asked if I would help out for 6 months or so. At the time he was showing a San Diego artist, by the name of Jim Bess. Jim and his photographer wife, Dianne were visiting Santa Fe to see the gallery. We hit it off from the start. They graciously offered to let me stay in their home while I was in town. That was 26 years ago and I am still living in San Diego.

My early years in San Diego were spent in the East Village on 9th and K, currently known as the First base line at Petco Park. The building was the Artplex and was the brain child of Jim and Dianne Bess as they expanded their greeting card business to that address. Ultimately deciding on giving up the greeting card business and instead decided to make it their home.  With 14,000 square feet, that’s a lot of home. So, they took the top floor and turned into a private residence, with a working elevator, and Jim’s painting studio.  The rest of the building would house a variety of artistic endeavors. Lela Harty Painting School, an Interior design firm, a painter, an Architect. Jim even converted the basement into a printing studio later on. It was a magical place to me.

The neighborhood was fascinating. Of course, the East Village would be barely recognizable from what it was to what it is. Back in my day, the Re-InCarnation Project (currently ICON) was just a dream in Wayne Buss’s mind. But he still managed to put on mixed media performing art shows in the outer portion that I could see just by walking to the corner. Of course he realized that dream to a great degree of acclaim and revitalized that part of town along with Bob Sinclair (of Panikin fame). Of course, I liked downtown like it used to be, where you had Croce’s and Fio’s across the street from each other and a selection of Dive Bars close by. Think “The Orient”, “Bodie’s” and the “Star Bar”.  To name a few. Now, only the Star Bar is left, I think.

There was the best Famer’s Market on the old Western Steel building between 7th and 8th on K Street. It caught fire one year and I remember the image of Jim Bess on the roof of the Artplex trying to extinguish and sparks while there was a 20 alarm fire raging across the empty lot. And it had the best food court and little market. I wish I could remember the name of the little Italian spot.

more to come… soon


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San Diego East Village Project

SUSHI Performance & Visual Art

SUSHI Performance & Visual Art was an innovative arts organization and contemporary arts center committed to presenting San Diego with contemporary performance dance and visual art. Focus was on an artistic vision that embodied the rich diversity of our ethnic, cultural, sexual and personal backgrounds.

SUSHI Performance & Visual Art became synonymous with an adventurous urban art experience and has been likened to what one would find in San Francisco or New York.

Founded in 1980, SUSHI Performance & Visual Art had its roots in the artists’ space movement of the late 1970s. This movement was a direct result of the evolution of contemporary art and the lack of venues for its presentation. Artists consequently created their own “alternative spaces”, one of which was SUSHI. Many artists involved with and presented by SUSHI through solo/group exhibitions and public art commissions have gone on to national and even international notoriety, among them David Avalos, Amanda Farber, James Luna and Deborah Small.

Sushi was located in its downtown space at The Reincarnation Project, 320 Eleventh Avenue. This 6,000 square foot space housed SUSHI’s 3,000 square foot performance space that seated 50-150, a visual arts gallery and office.

Sushi’s audience members and performers were within hands reach of each other, creating an atmosphere that was charged with intimacy and energy. Audience members were encouraged to hang out after the shows for both formal and informal discussions with the presented artists.

Scroll down for a complete list of Artists and Events.


Photos by Wayne Buss and Jorge Moreno. Click on images for full view.


Construction:


Events:

 


ARTISTS

Acker, Kathy 1982 – 1983

Adler, Fran and Kira Corser 1984

African American Writers & Artists, Inc. of San Diego 1997 & undated

Albertano, Linda 1982 – 1995

Aleph Company – King Humpy 1986

Alfaro, Luis undated

Allen, Jo Harvey 1983 – 1984

Allyn, Jerri 1982 – 1984

Amos, Patrick and Roy McMakin 1981

Anderson, Laurie 1997

Anderson, Mark 1985 – 1986

Antin, Eleanor 1982 – 1990

Antin, Eleanor, curator – Berne/De John/Wray/Phillips/Ortiz performances 1984

Antwash (David French) and Rick Ryan 1981 – 1982

Artists for Social Issues (AFSI) 2001

ASCO 1981 – 1985

Barker, James and Pamela Underwood 1991 – 1993

Bates, Martin 1983

Baza, Larry 1993

Bebe Miller & Company

Spending Time Doing Things… 1985 – 1987

The Hell Dances 1985 – 1988

AlliesRain and Think Sleep 1985 – 1990

Residency 1992 – 1996

Beery, Ainslee 1993

Bell, Cate 1984 – 1986

Bell, Cate; Susan Imhoff; David Keevil and Peter Ward 1987

Bell, Cate and Terry Sprague 1984 – 1996

Bell, Cate and Allison Cutri 1997

Berman, Sara Jo 1983 – 1986

Berne 1986 – 1987

Berne, Paul Best and Carol Stephens 1983

Best, Paul 1986

Between the Raw Dance Collective 1997 – 1998

Big Ladies Small Dance Company 1984 – 1987

Binion, Sandra 1983

Blande, Christophe 1995

Blankenburg, Lou 1981

Bogosian, Eric 1984 – 1985

Bonin-Rodriquez, Paul

The Bible Belt and Other Accessories 1994 – 1996

Memory’s Caretaker 2000 – 2001

Bornstein, Kate 1991 – 1995

Bridgman, Art and Myrna Packer 1997 – 2001

Brown, Ron 1986 – 1991

Brucker, Jane 1985

Brumgart, Sarah 1981 – 1985

Burch, Milbre 1995

Burgueno, Chava 1979 – 1989

Bustamante, Nao 1991 – 1999

Cale, David

The Redthroats 1985 – 1987

Deep in a Dream of You 1987 – 1991

Little Stories with Private Parts 1989 – 1990

Somebody Else’s House 1992

Swimming in the Dark 1994 – 1999

Lillian 1997 – 1998

The Perfect Getaway and A Likely Story 2001, 2005

Caroompas, Carole 1983

Carroll, Bob 1978 – 1983

Center for Digital Storytelling 1994 – 2000

Chaikin, Joseph 1981 – 1985

Chadbourne, Eugene 1986

Cohen, Becky 1977 – 1985

Colby, Janet 1986

Collage Dance Theatre 1988, 1998

Contraband

The Child 1980 – 1981

The (Invisible) War 1985 – 1987

Mira, Cycle I 1986 – 1990

Mandala 1990 – 1992

Mira, Cycle II …The Fall 1991 – 1993

Return to Ordinary Life 1993 – 1996

CORE 1995 – 1997

Creative Arts Consortium – No Jackets Required 2001

Cultural Odyssey

Suppositions on History and The Legend of Lily Overstreet 1983 – 1985

Meditations on Modern Life 1986 – 1987

I Think It’s Gonna Work Out Fine 1989

Shoehorn! 1993 – 1995

Performance Music 1995 – 1999

Residency, 1996/97 season

Culture Clash 1989 – 1990

Cummings, Blondell 1982 – 1985

Cutler-Shaw, Joyce 1983 – 1986

Cutler-Shaw, Joyce, with Nancy Karp and Chaya Czernowin 1985 – 1989

Dakin, Susanna B. 1983

Dallas Black Dance Theatre 1991 – 1992

Dancenoise 1988 – 1991

Dance Theatre Workshop 1986 – 1994

David Dorfman Dance 1988 – 1993

David Parker Dance / The Bang Group 1998

Deak, Norma Jean 1978 – 1986

Dean, Chazz and Kurt Fulton 1988 – 1991

Derevo 1989

Diavolo Dance Theatre 1991 – 1998

Donald Byrd Dance Foundation 1986 – 1998

Donna Uchizono & Company 1979 – 1991

Dresser, Mark 1984 – 1985

Dunn, David 1985

Durbin, Windy 1986

Eichelberger, Ethyl 1986

Eiko & Koma 1985 – 1987

Eisen, Bob 1980 – 1981

Elovich, Richard 1985 – 1990

Epifano, Kim 1996 – 1999

Escobar, AJ 1997

Evans, Nancy 1983 – 1984

Farabough, Laura 1988

Fashion Moda 1980 – 1984

Felder, David with Mary Jane Eisenberg and David Stout 1983 – 1987

Felder, Sara 1990 – 1998

Fenley, Molissa 1988 – 1989

Fertile Ground Poetry Collective 1995

Festival 1986

Finley, Karen and Harry Kipper 1983

Finley, Karen

Yams Up My Granny’s Ass 1983 – 1986

Neofest performance 1987

The Constant State of Desire 1987 – 1988

We Keep Our Victims Ready 1982 – 1989

A Certain Level of Denial 1992 – 1994

Shut Up and Love Me 1997 – 2000

Miscellaneous 2002 & undated

Fisher, Betsy and Ernest Provencher 1987 – 1988

Fleck, John

I Got the He-Be-She-Be’s and I Remember 1986 – 1988

A Snowball’s Chance in Hell 1986 – 1992

Good to See You 1992 – 1993

Forti, Simone and Available Space 1991 – 2001

Fried, Stanley 1986 – 1993

Fuchs, Jordan 1999 – 2001

Galás, Philip-Dimitri 1980 – 1983

Galjour, Anne 1991 – 1992

Galloway, Terry 1986 – 1990

Garber, Steve and Pat Rosalia undated

Garrison, Maia Claire 1991 – 1992

George, Rikky 1985 – 1986

Germani, Al and Mary Reich 1992 – 1993

Ghost Town – The Queen’s Rain 2001

Gingery, Maya and Carl Stone 1982

Glassman, Keith 2001

Glatter, Lesli Linka 1977 – 1982

Goat Island 1988 – 1991

Gold, Rich 1982, 1984

Goldberg, Whoopi – The Spook Show 1982 – 1983

Goldberg, Whoopi and David Schein

Unsanitized [Goldberg] and Out Comes Butch [Schein] 1982

Moms [Goldberg] and In the Key of D [Schein] 1980 – 1984

A Broad Apart [Goldberg] and Out Comes Butch [Schein] 1982 – 1984

Gómez-Peña, Guillermo

Border Brujo II 1985 – 1991

Miscellaneous performances

Gómez-Peña, Guillermo and David Schein – Border – X – Frontera 1984 – 1985

Gómez-Peña, Guillermo and Robert Sifuentes 1990 – 1997

Gordh, Bill 1980 – 1982

Gorman, Colin 1985

Gray, Liebe 1984 – 1985

Green, Vanalyne 1979 – 1984

Greenberg, Aimee

Phases of the Loon 1987 – 1996

Dark Moon of Lilith 1988 – 1997

Greenberg, Jeffrey 1982

Grigsby, James and Carmela Rago 1982 – 1984

Hackerman, Ed; John Goss and Sarah Schneiderman 1984

Haigood, Joanna 1987 – 1993
Hardin, Heidi 1982

Hardy, Molly 1984 – 1985

Hawkins, Bobbie Louise 1978 – 1985

Haxton, Richard and Daria Okugawa 1985

Hay, Deborah 1989 – 2001

Hemphill, Essex and Wayson Jones 1987 – 1989

Hennessy, Keith 1993 – 1994

Henriques, Darryl 1984 – 1985

Heyl Juno, Stephanie 1991 – 1998

Higby, Sha Sha 1986 – 1987

The High Risk Group 1989 – 1991

Hixon, Lin 1984 – 1986

Hock, Louis and Dorit Cypis 1983

Hoffbauer, Patricia and George Emilio Sanchez 1995 – 1998

Hotchkis, Joan

Tearsheets: Letters I Didn’t Send Home 1990 – 1991

Elements of Flesh or How Screwing Saved My Ass 1992 – 1997

Houston-Jones, Ishmael 1986 – 1993

Hughes, Holly; Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver 1985 – 1988

Hughes, Holly

World Without End 1985 – 1990

Clit Notes 1989 – 1995

Preaching to the Perverted 1999

Hunt, John 1978 – 1984

Impulse Theatre Company 1985 – 1988

Irwin, Irwin 1983 – 1984

Joe Goode Performance Group

The Disaster Series 1983 – 1989

Remembering the Pool at the Best Western 1989 – 1991

29 Effeminate Gestures… 1993

Convenience Boy 1989 – 1994

The Maverick Strain 1991 – 1997

Performance at UC San Diego 1999

The John Cheney’s Literary Magazine Show 1983

John Passafiume Dancers 2000

Johnson, Jay 1982

Johnson, Robert Henry 1993 – 1996

Johnson, Scott 1982 – 1984

Jones, Rhodessa

Big Butt Girls, Hard-Headed Women and unidentified performance 1987 – 1993

The Blue Stories: Black Erotica About Letting Go 1992

Deep in the Night 1995 – 1998

Kaboodle 1986 – 1989

Kahn, Stanya 1995 – 1998

Kantor, Michael and John Murphy, Jr. – Lindberg’s Flight 1988

Kate Foley Company 1990 – 1992

Keegan, Tom and Davidson Lloyd 1984 – 1998

Keevil, David 1984 – 1993

Keevil, David and Terry Sprague 1984 – 1987

Keevil, David, Terry Sprague and John Malashock 1987

Kelly, John 1986 – 1992

Kelman, Scott; Richard Haxton; Daria Okugawa and Kendric Wolfe 1984 – 1985

Kerr, Joanne 1984

KIN Dance Company 1994

Kirkwood, Carla

Your Mama and Your Sister and Your Girlfriend 1985

Bodies of Evidence 1985 – 1993

War Diaries 1985 – 1996

Half the Sky 2002

Kirkwood, Carla and Deborah Small 1989

Knight, Christopher 1983

Krassner, Paul 1983 – 1984

Kraus, Lisa 1985 – 1987

Kurtycz, Marcos 1985

Kwong, Dan 1989 – 1990

Kyung Lee, Hae 1983 – 1993

Lambs Eat Ivy 1986 – 1988

Langland, Paul and Mary Overlie 1998 – 1999

La Palma, Marina 1982 – 1983

La Palma, Marina; Linda Albertino and Carmen Borgia 1981 – 1984

Lapides, Beth 1983 – 1985

Las Gringas – There Are 206 Bones in the Human Body 1987 – 1988

Lauridsen, Hanne 1981

Levine, Joan 1986

Lindley, Cheryl 1985

Lingo Dancetheater 2006

Llory Wilson & Dancers 1987 – 1990

Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) 1986 – 1989

Love-Pointer, Nia 1989 – 1993

Lounsbury, Kate 1985 – 1989

Lower Left Dance

Company in residence 1996 – 2001

Two in the Corner 1997

Horns Wings Tales 1998

Horns Wings and More Tales 2000

Miscellaneous performances 1997 – 2003

Mack, Thom 1984

Mac Low, Jackson 1983

Ma Fish 1978 – 1986

Malashock Dance & Company

Flames 1988

The Barn Owl Lingers… 1991

Virtues in Bewilderment 1993

Malpede, John 1983 – 1985

Mann, Barry 1990 – 1995

Marks, Victoria 1999 – 2000

Matuck, Artur 1981

McCambridge, Jan 1982

McCarthy, Paul undated

McCauley, Robbie 1985 – 1991

McGriff, Heywood “Woody” 1993

McMakin, Roy 1982

Mehmet Memo Sander Dance Co. 1991 – 1992

Mehmet Sander Dance Company

PoleSingle Space and others 1991 – 1993

Inner Space and others 1991 – 1994

Meier, Yvonne 1985 – 1993

Meier, Yvonne and Jennifer Monson 1995 – 1998

Meunier, Gilberte 1984 – 1986

Miller, Celeste

Lost & Found in America: Some of the Stories 1984 – 1988

Lost & Found in America: More of the Stories 1986 – 1990

Miller, Stuart and Pamela Woodbridge 1983

Miller, Tim

Postwar 1982 – 1984

Buddy Systems 1982 – 1986

Some Golden States 1987 – 1988

Sex/Love/Stories 1980 – 1991

My Queer Body 1992

Naked Breath 1994 – 1995

Fruit Cocktail 1996 – 1997

Glory Box 1999 – 2000

Miscellaneous 1987, 1993

Mills, David 1993 – 1998

Misueda, Mitsuko and Harry Gantz 1981

Mogul, Susan 1976 – 1984

Monson, Jennifer 2000 – 2001

Morrison, Luke Theodore

Legacy of the Four Horsemen 1986

Lewd Acts in Public Places 1987

Munroe, Jan 1983 – 1985

Murrin, Tom 1985 – 1987

Najera, Rick 1993 – 1995

Nelda Perez, Ruby 1994 – 1997

Nightletter Theatre 1983 – 1985

Oguri 1996 – 1999

Ohara, Rika 1983 – 1985

O’Keefe, John 1982 – 1985

Oleszko, Pat 1984 – 1990

Omaha Magic Theatre 1990

Ovejero, Graciela 1996

Palacios, Monica 1990 – 1991

Parker, David and The Bang Group 1996 – 1998

Pat Graney Company 1985 – 1990

Patricia Sandback and Dancers

Midnight Games… 1992

Paul Dresher Ensemble 1979 – 1985

Pearlman, Karen and Richard Allen 1981 – 1988

Peimer, Jordan 1995

Peppe, Michael 1983 – 1984

Peralta, Ricardo 1994 – 2000

Philadanco 1992 – 1994

The Piparoos 1983

Pitt, Leonard

Not For Real 1987 – 1989

Ned 1991

Pomeroy, Jim 1981 – 1987

Pomo Afro Homos 1991 – 1992

Pottenger, Marty

The Construction Stories 1991

City Water Tunnel #3 1990 – 1999

Poyesis Genetica

The Ballad of Mr. Misterio & Salome 1984

Ocnoceni 1982 – 1984

The Last Performance 1983 – 1984

Cabaret Vavylon-Aztlan 1986

Pritikin, Renny and Rachel Rosenthal 1982

Prowess Dancearts Company 1998

Public Dance Works 1981 – 1983

Rabkin, Michele 1991

Rahmani, Aviva

Floating Worlds: Part II 1981 – 1982

Seiche Torque 1979 – 1985

Rawfish and Implex 1981 – 1982

Reitz, Dana 1984 – 1989

Ren-Lay, Judith 1980 – 1985

Rennie Harris Puremovement 1996 – 1999

Reno Once Removed 1989 – 1992

Reno Besides Myself 1989 – 1994

Reno Finds Her Mom: Exerpts From the Cutting Room Floor 1989 – 1997

Reynolds, Joel and Maurya Wickstrom 1984

Ringgold, Faith 1973 – 1984

Robboy, Ron and Warren Burt 1979 – 1982

Roberts, Jackie and Christina Jones-Stewart 1996

Roche, David 1982 – 1984

Roe, Betzi and California Ballet 1993 – 1995

Rolfe, Nigel 1983 – 1984

Romero, Lidia 1983 – 1986

Romero, Rosa and Jorge Dominguez 1985

Rose, Kathy

Primitive Movers and Strange Ditties 1983 – 1984

Syncopations 1983 – 1987

Rosenthal, Rachel

Traps 1982 – 1983

Gaia, Mon Amour 1982 – 1984

The Others 1983 – 1985

L.O.W. in Gaia 1986

Rachel’s Brain 1984 – 1989

Pangaean Dreams 1990 – 1991

Filename: Futurefax 1991 – 1992

Ur-Boor 1999 – 2000

Roth, Michael 1997

Roth, Moira and 208 Collective 1984

Rothenberg, Jerome and Bertram Turetzky 1984

Rousseve, David 1992

Sacred Naked Nature Girls 1994 – 1996

Salloum, Jayce 1982 – 1986

Sammartano, Tonnie 1997 – 1999

Sammartano, Tonnie with Leah Cox, Terri Shipman and Debi Toth 2001

Samuels, Leslie 1990

Samuels, Leslie; Frank Grow and Michael Weix 1987 – 1988

Sanchez, George Emilio and Patricia Hoffbauer 1998

Sandback, Patricia

Schein, David 1982 – 1993

Schein, David and Bob Ernst 1982 – 1984

Schrei, Josh 1993 – 1994

Shakiri 1991 – 1994

Sherman, Stuart 1978 – 1983

Shrimps 1985 – 1988

Snaith, Yolande 2002 – 2006

Spencer, Michelle 1996 – 1998

The Spotted Leopard Dance Company 1989 – 1992

Sprague, Terry and Katie Stevinson 1984 – 1998

Squire, Leilani 1993 – 1995

Stelarc 1979 – 1984

Stephen Pelton Dance Theater 1994 – 1998

Stephen Petronio Company 1987 – 1989

Stone, Carl 1982 – 1987

Streb, Elizabeth 1984 – 1988

Sullivan, Rob 1984

Takei, Kei 1978 – 1985

Tamblyn, Christine 1978 – 1985

Taylor, Jackie and Craig Gingrich-Philbrook 1995 – 1996

Techtonic Productions 1997 – 1998

Thunder Thigh Revue 1986

Tobacco Road 1985 – 1986

Tornetta, Giuditta and Stuart Miller 1982

Torr, Diane 1995 – 1998

Undergraduate Theatre Makers (UCSD) 1986

Vegh, Tom – Cafe Depresso 1996 – 1997

Victor, Don 1989 – 2003

Vogel, Amanda 1993 – 1995

Weaver, Deke 1992 – 1999

Weinstein, Jeff 1982

Wendkos, Gina and Ellen Ratner 1983 – 1987

Wengerd, Tim 1982 – 1986

Willie & Lobo 1998

Willis, George 1993

Wilmoth, Charles 1989 – 1991

Wilson, Reggie 1989 – 1994

Wise, Nina 1983 – 1986

Wise, Nina and Lauren Elder 1978 – 1982

Wolfe, Kedric Robin 1983

Wolpe, Lisa 1987

Wolverton, Terry 1978 – 1984

Wong, Yen Lu 1978 – 1987

Wyrrick, Sharon 1988 – 1992

York, Curtis and Luis Alfaro 1986 – 1990

Zaloom, Paul 1979 – 1986

Zbiciak, Jan 1982 – 1983

Zweig, Ellen 1983


EVENTS

What’s Cooking on the Environment I & II – With the Center for Music Experiment, UCSD & Landmark Art Projects 1981 – 1982

Running Commentary: New Video 1982

Crawl Out Your Window – Evening of “live literature” ca. 1983

Festival of the New Arts 1983

Christo: Surrounded Islands / A slide talk and panel discussion October 1983

Museum of Seasonal Change & Other Projects December 1983

Video Bowl 1983

Alternatives-5 – An Evening of Performance Poetry 1984

After Orwell 1985

Monstrum I 1985

Some New Music – Selections From New Music America 1985

Summer/Sushi – A Performance Series 1985

After Orwell II 1986

MoCA Radio – The Territory of Art series, “Border-X-Frontera” 1987

Small Dogs – Performance & video installation 1987

Exchange – Performance art/video exchange between UCSD and San Francisco Art Institute 1988

The Undead 1990

Sushi Performance Gala 1991

Solo Visions 1995

Public Women, Private Concerns 1996

Violencia 1996

Circus of Wonders: A Masquerade Performance Party 1997

CrossArts III 1997

Public Women, Private Concerns 1997

Scientists of Sound 1997 – 2000

CrossArts IV 1998

Kultur Mix II 1998

Love & Marriage Festival 1998

Process Works 1998, 2000-2002

Public Women, Private Concerns 1998 – 1999

The Spoken Groove 1998

“20 Hours” Performance Marathon 1999

Kultur Mix III 2000

Brain Storms/Soul Storms 2001

Dot-to-Dot Project 2001

Takeout Series 2005 – 2008

California Triple Feature, with UCSD 2006

East/West Performance Festival 2006

The Exchange Project 2006

New Wave Showcase 2006 & 2008

Beyond Theory 2008

Cinema Lounge 2008

The Symmetry Project 2009

Black Choreographers Moving (BCM)

Neofest 1984

Neofest III 1985

Neofest IV 1986

Neofest V 1987

Neofest VI 1988

Neofest VII 1989

Neofest VIII 1990

Neofest IX 1991

Neofest X 1992

Neofest XI 1993


VISUAL ARTS 

Aguilera-Hellweg, Max 1990

Alt, Marlene 1989

Anderson, James 1992

Bell, Barry 1987

Boroson, Lee and Jennifer Douglass 1991

Cahill, Mike and Brit Marling – Boxers and Ballerinas (film screening) 2005

Corser, Kira and Frances Payne Adler 1991

Cunning, Sheril 1988 & undated

DePinto, Steven 1986

Engstrom, Lynn 1988

Ewing, Greg 1987

Falling Leaf 1992

Gallagher, Katie 1988

Grady, Kim 1993

Guerilla Girls, retrospective 1994

Heffernan, Mary Beth 1992

Hobson, Paul and Martha Matthews 1989

Holzer, Jenny 1982 – 1985

Honda, Margaret and Deborah Small 1987

Jones, Jennie C. 1994

Keech, Pamela 1991

Kerr & Malley 1991

Krimell David

Liu, Hung 1989

Mancillas-Doyle, Aida 1989

Marcial Rios, Diego 1989 – 1990

McDonell, Liane 1992 – 1993

McGibbon, Phyllis 1994

Nemour, Leslie 1987 – 1988

Oliver, Diane 1991

Ovejero, Graciela 1992 – 1993

Price, Melba 1992

Quattrociocchi, David 1988

Robinson, Carole S. 1990

Sanford, Elise Mitchell 1992

Schmidt, Susan and Mariona Barkus 1991

Service, Robert 1986

Shenk, Geni 1993

Sisco, Elizabeth 1985

Soe, Valerie

Stratton, Margaret 1990

Tower, Cindy 1989

Warner, John – “Front Row Center: Photodocumentation of Sushi, 1984-1987”June 1987

Warrick, Michael 1992

Women’s Caucus for Art 1993 – 1997

Younker, Leah 1987 & 1990

Yuasa, Ryuhei “Rex” 1990


Group Shows

New Works: Kathryn Rothrock, Rodrigo Mesa and Lynn Schutte 1981

Video: Approaches and Limitations, curated by Marina La Palma 1983

Four Artists: Four Directions 1984 – 1985

Streetworks 1986

Street/Sets 1987

Off the Back Burner 1988

Pedos Bilingües 1988

StreetSites 1988

StreetSites 1988

The Transfiguration Show 1988

ANAM 1989

Jispanics are Jot! 1989

Off the Back Burner 1989

StreetSites 1989

Critics’ Choice 1989 – 1990

Off the Back Burner 1990

StreetSites 1990

StreetSites 1991

StreetSites 1991

StreetSites 1992

Burning/Words 1993

Five Work on Paper 1993

Frustrated Blonde 1993

inSite 94 (participating institution) 1994

Caja/Casa 1996

inSite 2000 (participating institution)

Post Card 2009

Family Matters [2010]

Studio Series 1989

En Focado / In Focus series, various artists 1991 – 1992

African American Writers & Artists, Inc. of San Diego undated

Allen, Jo Harvey 1984

Antin, Eleanor 1986, 1989

Bebe Miller and Company 1987 – 1996

Bell, Cate 1997

Between the Raw Dance Collective undated

Bonin-Rodriguez, Paul 1996, 2001

Borenstein, Kate 1995

Brown, Ron 1991

Byrd, Donald 1995

Cale, David 1990, 1992

Contraband 1987 – 1996

Cultural Odyssey 1985 – 1993

Cutler-Shaw, Joyce 1976 – 1983

Dance Theater Workshop undated

David Dorfman Dance 1993

Dirty Dishes Divine 1993

Eiko & Koma 1990

Epifano, Kim undated

Escobar, AJ undated

Fenley, Molissa 1988 – 1989

Finley, Karen 1983 – 2000

Fisher, Betsy 1988

Fleck, John 1988 – 1993

Forti, Simone undated

Frick, Arthur 1985

Fried, Stanley 1986 – 1987

Galás, Philip-Dimitri 1981, 1983

Ghost Town 2001

Gingrich-Philbrook, Craig undated

Glassman, Keith 2001

Gómez-Peña, Guillermo 1989 – 1995

Goode, Joe & the Joe Goode Performance Group 1989 – 1994

Greenberg, Anne 1993 – 1996

H – Miscellaneous

Hemphill/Jones 1989

Heyl Juno, Stephanie 1997 & undated

Higby, Sha Sha 1985 – 1986

Hoffbauer, Patricia and George Emilio Sanchez undated

Hotchkis, Joan 1991

Hughes, Holly 1988 – 1995

Kate Foley Dance Co. 1992

Keevil, David 1985, 1989

Kelly, John 1992

Langland, Paul & the Paul Langford Dance Co. 1991 – 1999

Lounsbury, Kate 1989

Lower Left Dance 1998-2000 & undated

Malashock, John & the Malashock Dance & Company 1988 – 1993

Mehmet Memo Sander Dance Co. 1993 – 1994

Meunier, Gilbert 1986

Miller, Tim 1983 – 1995

Najera, Rick 1995

Oguri 1999

Ohara, Rika 1984 – 1985

O’Keefe, John 1984, 1987

Oleszko, Pat 1984, 1990

Parker, David & the Bang Group 1992 – 1998

Parzival 1985

Pat Graney Company 1988

Peralto, Ricardo undated

Pitt, Leonard 1989

Pomeroy, Jim 1983, 1986

Pottenger, Marty 1991 – 1999

Ratner, Ellen 1986

Reitz, Dana 1989

Ren-Lay, Judith 1985

Rennie Harris Puremovement undated

Reno 1992 – 1993

RK Corral 2002

Romero, Rosa and Jorge Dominguez 1985

Rose, Kathy 1984 – 1987

Rosenthal, Rachel 1983 – 2000

Rothenberg, Jerome 1984 & undated

Sammartano, Tonnie 1997, 2001

Sandback, Patricia 1986 – 1989

Schein, David 1982 – 1984

Shrimps 1987 – 1988

Snaith, Yolande undated

Spencer, Michelle undated

Stelarc 1976 – 1982

Steven Petronio Company 1988 & undated

Stevinson, Katie 1992 – 1993

Streb, Elizabeth 1988

Techtonic Productions undated

Uchizono, Donna 1991

Vegh, Tom – Cafe Depresso 1997

Weaver, Deke ca. 1999

Wengerd, Tom 1986

Wenkos, Gina 1987

Wilson, Llory 1990

Zaloom, Paul 1986 & undated


Visual Arts

Alexander, Wick & Steve De Paoli undated

Anderson, James 1992

Boroson, Lee 1991

McGibbon, Phyllis undated

Sanford, Elise Mitchell 1992

Schmidt, Susan ca. 1991

Tittle, Jim 1983

Frustrated Blonde 1993


Here’s an article from The Voice of San Diego. Kelly Bennett, the arts editor for VOSD:

http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/government/experiment-to-cram-edgy-art-under-condos-falters/

or click on the image below:

vosd


From Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego:

Sushi Contemporary Performance and Visual Arts was founded in 1980 by visual artist Lynn Schuette. Sushi developed from the 1979 visual and performance series Artists Work Here, also organized by Schuette. The non-profit organization was created to be an alternative exhibition and performance space that would support both local and visiting contemporary artists.
Sushi became one of the most active contemporary art and performance programs on the West Coast. The organization supported, presented and commissioned both established and emerging artists from diverse ethnic, cultural, sexual and personal backgrounds. Programming featured local, national and international performance artists including Laurie Anderson, David Cale, Karen Finley, Whoopi Goldberg, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Holly Hughes, Tim Miller and Rachel Rosenthal. Along with performance art, Sushi also featured dance and visual arts, hosting annual events such as Black Choreographers Moving and StreetSites as well as seasonal programming and gallery shows.
The economic recession in 2008, along with several years without a permanent home, left Sushi struggling. In 2011, after more than thirty years presenting innovative performances, Sushi’s board of directors voted to dissolve the organization.

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