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Staging Sex, Staging Self: Ellie Krakow

  • Skowhegan Project Space 136 W 22nd St New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

Ellie Krakow (A '08)

Recovery or Semblance of Recovery

Ellie Krakow, Pieces, 2015, single-channel video, 5 minutes

In Recovery or Semblance of Recovery, Ellie Krakow will host a conversation that explores how we manage to pick up the broken pieces and put them back together in some inherently altered form. Using her research into the ethics and techniques of restoring ancient sculpture as a jumping off point the discussion will probe at how and why we recover. And it will explore the role that staging plays in this processes - where staged and real recoveries meet, and how they affect and support one another.

Participants in the dialogue will be: Aida Šehović, creator of “Što Te Nema?” a participatory nomadic monument that commemorates the Bosnian genocide; and Sarah Plazas, a Tibetan Buddhist scholar, translator and practitioner who suffered and recovered from a severe burn.

Ellie Krakow (A '08) earned her MFA from Hunter College and her BA through study at Yale and RISD. Exhibitions include a solo show at Cuchifritos Gallery, and group shows JVS Project Space, Hal Bromm, Thierry Goldberg, Interstate Projects, and Canada Gallery, in NYC; The Pula Film Festival in Croatia, Organhaus Art Space in China and The Royal College of Art in London.  She is a recipient of a Boomerang Fund for Artists Grant and has participated in residencies at Yaddo; Abrons Arts Center; and is currently a resident artist in the Hunter College Ceramics Department where she will have a solo show in the Thomas Hunter Project Space this spring.


About the Series

This lecture series folds up and poofs out. It's theater. It's something else. It's ABOUT theater. It IS about itself. It moves over and under that line where the body meets language and where that same body asks, "How is it that I am this way?"  

This lecture series lives under the umbrella of performance art, but collides with a certain kind of academic pursuit and presentation that plumbs boundaries of what "academic" is or might be. It lays claim to its own performativity – its writing - as a non-linear composition that may or may not have been written for us before we even showed up.

This lecture series hinges on the production of gender, theatricality and culture, as things that have NOT been exhausted by art production and NOT overtalked. "But isn't all art about those things?" These are totally self conscious and self-aware enactments and - should we say - pageants, in a framework of kindred ideas. We hope you will enjoy them. We hope you will enjoy them