upcoming and past talks

Posted: April 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: The Latest | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

This is Matthew Callinan. Matthew is the Exhibitions Coordinator at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery.

Photo credit Steve Magnotta, 2010.

Matthew will be taking part in NEXT: Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art’s Converge Chicago: Contemporary Curators Forum on Sunday, May 1 at Art Chicago|NEXT Talk Shop 12th Floor. The panel in which he is participating is entitled “Trans American Connections” and will be moderated by People’s Biennial Co-Curator Jens Hoffman.

Matthew will join other People’s Biennial host institution representatives from the four other People’s Biennial locales to discuss the process of shaping the Biennial through research and curation that looks outside the realm of MFAs and commercial art.

For more information on this panel or other panels in CONVERGE, click here.

Produced by MMPI, which puts on  Armory Arts Week, Art Chicago, Art Toronto, and Volta, NEXT showcases what is, well, next for the world of artistic and cultural ingenuity.

For the first time ever, NEXT will share floorspace with Art Chicago, creating a unified centerpiece for Artropolis, Chicago’s Celebration of Art and Culture, and capturing the attention of the contemporary art world from April 29-May 2.

Best of luck Matthew, as you prepare for your trip to Chicago.

In other exciting news, Laura Deutch, one of our local People’s Biennial artists, returned to her undergraduate alma mater Ithaca College to partipate in FLEFF, the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. FLEFF focuses on sustainability from both local and global perspectives. FLEFF tackles issues of including war, health, genocide, the land, water, air, food, education, technology, cultural heritage, and diversity.

Laura’s project Messages in Motion engages Philadelphia communities, facilitating the exploration of social issues through the exploration of self. Essentially, MIM “works with neighborhood programs and community-based organizations to produce, distribute and exhibit short form documentary videos as a way to support and enhance existing community organizing work.”

Laura was a New Media guest at FLEFF and gave a presentation on her work and then spent the week there interacting with Ithaca students. According to this blog post from the FLEFF blog, it sounds like she was quite a hit-not to mention downright “inspirational”! Congrats, Laura!

In August, Laura and Messages in Motion will also have a residency with SECCA (the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art) in conjunction with the People’s Biennial.


a media swarm for our local artists

Posted: April 11th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: The Latest | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Haverford artists featured in the Biennial are popping up all over the media!

Jorge Figueroa. Untitled. 2007.

Cura, an Italian based contemporary art magazine, recently did a feature on the Biennial in their Winter 2011 issue, showcasing Alan Masey’s Line Composition Series (2010. Mixed materials. 10 x 6 cm.), an image of Robert Smith-Shabazz holding his work during Harrell’s visit to Haverford, and two photographs by Jorge Figueroa, including this untitled black & white silver gelatin print from 2000.

Alan Massey’s Line Composition Series popped up again in Flash Art’s January/February 2011 issue which included Alexander Ferrando’s interview with Harrell and Jens. (see below for an image of Line Composition Series)

Alan Massey. Line Composition Series. 2010.

Art Papers‘ January/February 2011 issue featured an article by Katherine Bovee on the Biennial, including photographs of the installation in Portland. Bovee noted that Haverford local artist Laura Deutch’s Messages in Motion and Jorge Figueroa’s photography were among “the richest work in the exhibition.”

And a special congratulations to Jorge Figueroa, whose work has been chosen to be featured in the People’s Gallery in San Francisco, and to Haverford area artists Cymantha  Diaz Liakos and Robert Smith-Shabazz who will have special appearances at the People’s Gallery!

You’re officially informed about all the Biennial buzz for the moment, and goodness what a buzz it is!

P.S. Be on the lookout for an upcoming post about an upcoming talk about the Biennial that will be hosted by iCI in Chicago as well as a post on Alan Massey’s Line Composition Series!


Laura Deutch – Messages in Motion

Posted: August 6th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: The Latest | Tags: , | Comments Off

I met Laura about a month before the curatorial visit. I was riding my bike through the Italian market in search of some good coffee when I came upon a brightly-painted van with the moniker “Messages in Motion” on the side. Curious, I stopped to investigate. Laura had transformed an old van into a mobile media center. She uses the van to create short documentaries about different people and communities throughout the country. “Messages in Motion” is a project that “works with neighborhood programs and community-based organizations to produce, distribute and exhibit short form documentary videos as a way to support and enhance existing community organizing work.” Some of her videos will be shown in the final show.

messagesinmotion.com/


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