Monday, May 31, 2010
Community Discussion: Thursday, June 24th at 7pm
"A Brief History of Queer Space" Join us for a conversation with artist Leah DeVun and Dr. Lisa Moore, Associate Professor of English and Women's and at UT. She is the author of the forthcoming "Sister Arts: Lesbian Genres and the Erotic Landscape" (Minnesota 2011). . Tools will be put out and viewers will be able to participate. In addition to her series of photographs and portraits of women, DeVun has made light boxes that include images inspired by vintage photographs of street marchers and protesters. These photographs are political and anthemic, an homage to the impressive energy of feminists in the 1970s. DeVun’s exhibit draws its title from a quotation from “Lesbian Land,” published during the 1970s and 1980s. It is a compilation of writing by lesbians who founded or lived in women’s intentional communities, sometimes called “womyn’s lands.” DeVun's work combines documentary and staged photography in an effort to collapse and interweave the different generations of lesbian/ transgender/queer people who have been involved in the creation of feminist space, as well as to picture the relationship between utopian ideals and hard-fought reality. 0.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Michael Merck / FOIL
Remember FOIL, the acronym for the algebraic method for multiplying binomials? FIRST OUTSIDE INSIDE LAST?
Michael Merck has created a body of work using this method by creating sets of images and texts and systematically multiplying them.
Sunday, May 30th
Monday, May 24, 2010
May 27 at 7:00pm
Photographer Rino Pizzi and artists Connie Arismendi, Ellen Berman, Valerie Chaussonnet, Faith Gay, Judy Jensen, Germaine Keller, Emily Little, Beili Liu, Beverly Penn, Margo Sawyer, Nancy Scanlan, Julie Speed, Jana Swec, Liz Ward, Sally Weber, and Sydney Yeager will be discussing this creative collaboration.
Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca, Austin TX 78701, 512-477-1066, http://womenandtheirwork.org
The Mona Lisa Project is a series of collaborative portraits inspired by the image and cultural relevance of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa portrait. The portraits will be the result of an exchange between photographer Rino Pizzi and 16 women artists who specialize in different media and disciplines, living in Texas and well established locally, nationally and internationally.
The project started in December 2009 and its first stage is now complete. The participants rehearsed the smile of Mona Lisa as closely as possible to the original portrait, occasionally producing small documents (sketches, snapshots) of body postures, locations, imagery, and the like. They then sat, enacting the Mona Lisa smile, for a photo session. The artists are now working on a second layer on top of a print or in some cases of electronic files of their portrait to produce the final art pieces.
The main objective of the project is that of providing a commentary on a wide range of topics in contemporary art production and gender issues, inviting women artists to approach an established icon about femininity through diverse traditions of performance and photographic portraiture, and appropriate it for their own aesthetic vision and experience.
http://www.rinopizzi.com/Monalisa_Project/Home.html This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and with the generous support of Jim Sipowicz, Shell Media, Inc. Special Thank you's to William Nemir, Janis Bergman-Carton, Chris Cowden, and Erika Payan Zanetti.
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May 27th 10-6pm is the last day to see “Slurb” the animation by New York artist Marina Zurkow. “Slurb” was nominated for an Austin Critic’s Table 2010 award, as was our exhibit Erin Curtis: “Perspective Thresholds.” Thank you for the nominations and support members of Critic’s Table!