Tuesday, February 12 7pm, FREE Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Theatre, UWM Union Theatre 2nd level, UWM Union
Corpora Luminum: The Body in New French Experimental Cinema Presented by Guest Curator Grant Wiedenfeld With filmmaker Philippe Cote in person co-presented with UWM Festival of Films in French; co-sponsored by French Cultural Service, of the French Embassy
When phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty located the roots of consciousness in the body being in the world, the human body became a key site for critical inquiry and artistic expression, nowhere more so than in his native France. Drawing upon this unique critical atmosphere and upon 60’s American and 70’s French avant-garde cinema, these contemporary filmmakers – all members of the Parisian experimental cinema workshop l’ETNA – engage the body in a diverse range of roles, from moving sculpture to respiring gaze, while revealing the brilliant body of cinema itself – a length of celluloid frames. Artists to be featured: Delphine Lest, Philippe Cote, Xavier Baert, and Carole Arcega.
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Opening reception: Friday, January 25, 6-9 pm Institute of Visual Arts Inova/Kenilworth, 2155 N. Prospect Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53202
DEB SOKOLOW The Trouble with People You Don’t Know
The Flight of Fake Tears: Large-Scale Narrative Drawing DOMINIC McGILL ROBYN O'NEIL CLAIRE PENTECOST AMY RUFFO
January 25-March 14, 2008
In huge, wall-filling drawings with maps, directional arrows and blocks of text, Deb Sokolow (Chicago) mixes politics, popular culture, conspiracy theory, and social anxiety into sweeping, intricate tales worthy of any Great American Paranoid.
The Flight of Fake Tears features a sculptural tent-drawing by Dominic McGill (New York), an enigmatic single-panel narrative drawing by Robyn O’Neil (Houston), photographed studio wall-drawings by Claire Pentecost (Chicago), and analogical landscapes by Amy Ruffo (Sheboygan).
January 30, 2008 at 7 pm Deb Sokolow: The Trouble with People You Don’t Know Arts Center Lecture Hall, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd. Sokolow inaugurates the Department of Visual Art’s guest lecture series with a talk about the evolution of her studio practice, the development of the paranoid narrative, and the search for the nefarious.
February 6, 2008 at 7 pm Claire Pentecost: In Media Res Arts Center Lecture Hall, 2400 E. Kenwood Blvd. Chicago-based artist and writer Claire Pentecost considers the great tradition of drawing and its current place as a mediator between self and the social.
SiteLines Drawing Immersion Workshop with Leslie Vansen & Deb Sokolow January 26 & 27, 2008 from 9 am-6 pm Kenilworth Square East, 1925 E. Kenilworth Pl. Fee: $100 To register: (414) 229-4308
Opening features talk by Curator Joe Ketner and artist Erwin Redl, whose 25 x 50 foot LED installation MATRIX (2007) is part of the show. Show also features a piece by former colloquia guest Liz Phillips.
January 24, 2008 - Ongoing CONTEMPORARY GALLERIES
The contemporary galleries reopen this month with a new installation that tracks the development of Kinetic and Op art, whose optical stimulation and interactivity introduced new dimensions to art. Stanley Landsman's Infinity Chamber (1968), which has not been on view for nearly twenty years, together with Erwin Redl's dramatic Matrix (2007), a 25 x 50 foot LED installation, punctuate this extraordinary immersive experience.
Chronological in its presentation, the installation begins with works by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers, two Bauhaus instructors whose ideas stimulated the developments of these styles, followed by vibrant early Op art pieces from the 1950s and 1960s by European and American artists such as Victor Vasarely and Richard Anuskiewicz. The development of Albers' ideas into geometric abstraction during the 1970s is visible in the works of artists such as Al Held and Frank Stella, and the works of Peter Haley and Philip Taaffe and those of the so-called post-hypnotic artists such as Bruce Pearson and James Siena show the continuation of the optical tradition in the 1980s and 1990s. Select images, films, and videos will be projected in two black box theaters.
The Museum has collected and exhibited new media art ever since 1967 when it co-organized Light, Motion, Space, one of the first exhibitions on this form of art in the United States. Sensory Overload features some of the most popular works in the Museum's Collection as well as key works on loan from other institutions and private collections.
January 23 - February 3 Rotterdam, The Netherlands, various venues 37th Rotterdam International Film Festival http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/ This premiere international film festival will include screenings of work by David Dinnell ("Midden"), Luke Sieczek ("Phantom"), and Ari Hamidi ("A Covenant Adam"), current and former graduate students in the Film department.
Tuesday, January 29, 7pm FREE Experimental Tuesdays at the Union Theatre, UWM Union Theatre 2nd level, UWM Union
Shoot Shoot Shoot: British Avant-Garde Films of the 1960’s and 1970’s Program 1 The first of a two-part program of short British avant-garde films from the 1960s and 70s, decades in which independent filmmakers challenged cinematic convention. In England, much of the innovation took place at the London Film-Makers' Co-operative, an artist-led organization that enabled filmmakers to control every aspect of the creative process. LFMC members conducted an investigation of celluloid that echoed contemporary developments in painting and sculpture. The physical production of a film (its printing and processing) became integral to its form and content as Malcolm Le Grice, Lis Rhodes, Peter Gidal and others explored the material and mechanics of cinema, making radical new works that contributed to a new visual language. Tonight’s program includes work by Annabel Nicolson, Guy Sherwin, Mike Leggett, David Crosswaite, Lis Rhodes, Chris Garratt, Mike Dunford, & Marilyn Halford, Curated by Mark Webber.
Friday, January 25, 7pm $2 Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E Locust
Dear Friends and Monsters: An evening with Ari Hamidi Film Screening, with a poetry reading & performance art as accompaniment.
Filmmaker, poet and former Milwaukeean Ariana Hamidi, will premiere her new film and read from her recently published chapbook of poetry, both entitled Dear Cyclops. In this her newest film, Hamidi asks, how do we make our public selves genuine? through the use of three singular tableaus in which groups of people must relate with each other in unusual surroundings and circumstances.
The film is part documented human experiment and part classic dramatics. Hamidi provocatively advises: “When the monster enters your life, recognize him but don’t judge. After all, he might eat you but it’s worth it if you find you taste good.“
Dear Cyclops is being released in conjunction with a chapbook of poetry under the same title, published by Bronze Skull Press in 2007.