Grok Gronk

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Gronk! Yes, the artist cur­rently known as Gronk re­turns to the Santa Fe Opera to fab­u­lously paint a set. You can visit him at work — and bring the kids! — dur­ing a mo­ment of his April res­i­dency at the opera, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Satur­day, April 16.

He will be paint­ing sets for the SFO pro­duc­tion of Vi­valdi’s Griselda, to be staged this sum­mer. “I don’t know what he is go­ing to do — I have not told him any­thing,” di­rec­tor Peter Sel­lars said about the job. “When an artist paints, he cre­ates a spe­cial en­vi­ron­ment in which the singers will per­form.” Gronk, a Los An­ge­les na­tive, also painted the set for the opera’s 2005 pro­duc­tion of Os­valdo Goli­jov’s Ai­nadamar.

Gronk is a “sem­i­nal fig­ure in con­tem­po­rary Chi­cano art,” ac­cord­ing to a 2007 Los An­ge­les Times piece about his dig­i­tal short film Gronk’s BrainFlame. He “burst on the L.A. arts scene dur­ing the 1970s as part of ASCO, a guer­rilla-style cul­tural col­lec­tive whose name means ‘nau­sea’ in Span­ish.”

Be­sides cre­at­ing opera sets, Gronk has been a pain­ter and print­maker and has done per­for­mance pieces and in­stal­la­tions and mu­rals. He made a mu­ral for the Na­tional His­panic Cul­tural Cen­ter in Albuquerque dur­ing an ear­lier visit to New Mex­ico, and he will work on one for the Albuquerque Mu­seum this July.

For the April 16 event, Gronk will be at work in Stieren Hall and will an­swer ques­tions, as will host Paul Hor­pedahl, the Santa Fe Opera’s pro­duc­tion di­rec­tor. There is no charge for this “Meet Gronk” event, which is part of an ini­tia­tive de­signed to make the opera ex­pe­ri­ence more ac­ces­si­ble to fam­i­lies.

Also com­ing up as part of the ini­tia­tive are three affordable Fam­ily Night opera per­for­mances: Gounod’s Faust on Aug. 20, La Bo­hème by Puc­cini on Aug. 23, and Menotti’s The Last Sav­age on Aug 25. Prices for the 8 p.m. shows are $25 for adults and $12 for chil­dren. For tick­ets, call 986-5900.

Glu­gio “Gronk” Ni­can­dro

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