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Deconstructing Identity Through Performance, Panel & Performace

This message was sent to Students and Faculty on April 16, 2018 by Phoebe D. Mattana, Class of 1960 Scholars, Art Department.

Message:
Deconstructing Identity Through Performance, Panel & Performace Come check out a panel and performances by multi-disciplinary artists E. Patrick Johnson & Lisa Diane Wedgeworth. The panel is Tuesday April 17th at 6:30PM Paresky Auditorium, performances will be on April 18th @ 7PM-8:30PM in the Wilde Gallery Spencer Art Building. See link for more details MORE: http://web.williams.edu/messages/show.php?id=46870 from Phoebe D. Mattana, Class of 1960 Scholars, Art Department
Message details:
This event in conjunction with the ARTS338: Persona, will bring together emerging and established artists/scholars for a public panel, a series of class visits between the visual arts department, Africana Studies, and Theatre. Largely funded by the Class 1960's scholars, a program that invites art history and studio art majors who have the potential for a career in education to organize lectures, screenings, and presentation of works that expand upon our understanding of art as a tool of inquiry. The course ARTS338: Persona will focus on 3 concepts that shape our identity construction: race/ethnicity, gender, and class. Through readings (Claudia Rankine Citizen, Richard Dyer White, Maggie Nelson The Argonauts), discussions, and art making students will deconstruct these often binary and reductive ideologies. THE ARTISTS E. Patrick Johnson Johnson is a professor of Performance & African American Studies at Northwestern University. They are a scholar, artist and activist. Publishing books such as Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South ( a collection of stories from black gay men in the south which challenge stereotypes of black masculinity and southern culture). and creating performances such as Strange Fruit, a one person show exploring the politicalization of identity calling into question essentialist notions of authentic blackness, masculinity, and gender. Lisa Diane Wedgeworth Based in Los Angeles, Lisa Diane Wedgeworth is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is rooted in storytelling. Informed by personal narratives, her work takes form as painting, video, installation, photography and archived oral histories.Wedgeworth earned her MFA from California State University, Los Angeles in 2014. Her work has been curated in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, including the Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles and the Harvey B. Gannt Center in North Carolina. Her video Untitled (Home Depot), was recently included in The Site of Memory: Enframed Histories as Ritual, the Los Angeles Filmforum screening of black women filmmakers & video artists at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. She is a recipient of the Animating the Archives: The Woman's Building A Metabolic Studio Archiving Project Fellowship and was the 2016 Georgia Fee Artist/Writer in Residence in Paris, France.

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