Speaking Ritual Reading Body
Art is a mouth-process that speaks a language-material. Dave McKenzie (A '00, F '11) and Elijah Burgher (A '11) utilize their own likenesses and bodies to speak to the power of the interior/exterior creation of identity and agency. Through sculpture and performance, McKenzie asks us to examine the relationship of the private and public persona to contemporary culture and our sense of self. Burgher binds the act and performance of drawing to the embodiment of desire and the powerful potential of interpersonal connection. For both McKenzie and Burgher, language (written and spoken), ritual (magical and mundane), and the self (corpus, mentis, and animae) are intrinsically selfsame. Dave McKenzie and Elijah Burgher met at Skowhegan in 2011. They will reunite in this year's Whitney Biennial. This conversation will feature moderation by Wes Miller (A '02).
The conversation at The Drawing Center will coincide with Action + Object + Exchange, the first Open Session exhibition, with artists Eleanor Aldrich (A '12), Derek Dunlop, Heather Hart (A '05), Yara Pina, Andrew Ross (A '11), Lauren Seiden, and Barbara Weissberger. Open Sessions is a two-year exhibition platform for artists to find new approaches for contextualizing and exhibiting their work, through conversation, public programs, and collaborative gallery installations. Each artist in Action + Object + Exchange reveals a transformative process through the work's end result: images become objects, drawings become sculptural, symbols become concrete.
SkowheganCONVERSATIONS is a discussion series celebrating the significance of the dialogue that takes place outside of the studio, the classroom, and the gallery. Many generative moments at Skowhegan happen between formal discussions, critiques, and lectures, when participants and faculty have the opportunity to delve deeply into the topics that inform their work and practices. These moments happen while lounging after dinner, on the lawn in the afternoon sun, and in a myriad of other landscapes and times when boundaries are dissolved, and real discourse can take place.
Many thanks to The Drawing Center for hosting this event.
This fall, Performa 13 will host Three Duets, Seven Variations, a series of performances that pairs six intergenerational artists for seven programs as part of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. In advance of their Duets performances this weekend, Pope.L (A '96, F '04) and Zachary Fabri (A '13) will meet for the first time, and along with Associate Curator Adrienne Edwards, discuss the linkages between their practices and dealings with shared themes but to different ends—body and movement, social and political issues, the abject, and interventions in urban spaces.
Pope.L is a visual and performance-theater artist and educator who makes culture out of contraries. He has been making multi-disciplinary works since the 1970s, and has exhibited internationally, including New York, London, Los Angeles, Vienna, Montreal, Berlin, Zurich, and Tokyo. He is a featured artist in the books Intersections edited by Marci Nelligan and Nicole Mauro, and Darby English’s How to See a Work of Art In Total Darkness. In 2009 he was commissioned by Hauser & Wirth to create an installation in response to Kaprow’s Yard. He participated in the New Museum’s 2010-2011 exhibitionThe Last Newspaper with a reenactment of his infamous Eating the Wall Street Journal performance. In 2011, the Museum of Modern Art in New York invited Pope.L to participate in their FluxKit project, and is the recipient of the 2012 Joyce Foundation Award to create Pull, a large scale public project presented at Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH. In 2013, he created the performance/film project A Long White Cloud at Te Tuhi, Auckland, New Zealand, and Mitchell-Innes and Nash, NYC, presented his solo exhibition Colored Waiting Room. His work is currently on view at Grey Art Gallery NYU and Studio Museum in Harlem as part of the exhibition Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art.
Zachary Fabri is half Jamaican and half Hungarian. In 2007, he received his Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College in combined media. His work mines the intersection of personal and political spaces. With a multidisciplinary practice that includes video and performance, his work is often site responsive working within a specific environment or context. Zachary's work has been exhibited at Sequences Real-time Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland; Nordic Biennale: Momentum, Norway; Gallery Open, Berlin; the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, New York; The Jersey City Museum; El Museo del Barrio and The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Awards include the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2011) and the NYFA fellowship (2012). Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at Third Streaming and the Fore exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2012. He lives in the neighborhood of Crown Heights in Brooklyn.
Adrienne Edwards is a curator, scholar, and writer of performance with a focus on artists of the African Diaspora and the Global South. She is Associate Curator, Performa; Curator-at-Large, Third Streaming; and Ph.D. Candidate in Performance Studies at New York University. Her research interpolates visual art and experimental dance, critical race theory, feminist theory, and post-structuralist philosophy. Adrienne has written on the work of Iona Rozeal Brown, Lorraine O’Grady, Trajal Harrell, Bill T. Jones, Gregory Maqoma, Tracey Rose, and Mickalene Thomas, and is a contributor to numerous exhibition catalogues, including Clifford Owens: Anthology for MoMA/PS1, Fore for the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Wangechi Mutu for the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney.