PERFORMANCE: Vanessa Beecroft US NAVY, a performance event, will be staged in the Farris Gallery of the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. The performance will feature approximately 25 US Navy SEALs, outfitted in their Summer White uniforms, standing in a ceremonial formation. Presented as a portrait of the US Navys Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment, as well as the SEALs sense of Mission and Team Spirit, the formation will reflect an intersection of military rules and aesthetics.
ARTIST: Vanessa Beecroft, born in Italy and residing in New York City, has earned an international reputation as one of contemporary arts most provocative young artists. Her innovative performances present people as visual subjects in museum and gallery settings. Among the venues where her work has been exhibited are the Spiral Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo (1999), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City (1998), the Moderna Museet in Stockholm (1998), Venice Biennale (1997), and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London (1997).
US NAVY COMNAVSPECWARCOM: By doctrine, U.S. Navy SEALs are the premier Maritime Special Operations Force in the world. They take their name from the elements in and from which they operate Sea, Air and Land. They operate in small numbers, infiltrating their objective areas by Navy surface ships, fixed and rotary wing aircraft, combatant craft and submarines.
SEALs conduct a variety of high risk missions unconventional warfare, direct action, special reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, diversionary attacks and precision strikes all in a clandestine manner that is unmatched. First on the scene, Navy SEALs routinely lead the way for follow-on and larger conventional forces.