In 1975 Esther Broner and Naomi Nimrod wrote the first Women’s Haggadah, paving the way for modern Jewish feminism. For the next 36 years, Esther Broner led the Feminist Passover Seder in New York City, with a core group of women. This film documents the evolution of Jewish feminism through archival footage and interviews with leading Jewish feminists. At the same time it tells the story of Esther Broner, described by the New York Times as a writer who explored the double marginalization of being Jewish and female. Without her, we can assume, modern Jewish women might not have found a worthy place in the home, in society, and in Jewish tradition.
More info about the film: www.estherbronerthefilm.com
The Schomburg Center for Research into Black Culture celebrates the work of visual artist, Carol Byard, with a conversation addressing the “Rent Series”. The program will center on Byard’s discovery–after her father’s death–of a cache of rent receipts he’d kept in his life-long efforts to provide housing for their family, always struggling to do so. In the early 1980s, Byard set about to reimagine her father efforts in a series of images which she titled “Rent.” Join Byard’s peers for a conversation and showcase of her work. Guest speakers include, Grace Williams, Tomie Arai, and Eve Sandler.
For further info: Schomburg Center for Research into Black Culture
For an interview with Alexis de Veaux about Carol Byard’s work and the Rent series: http://www.nypl.org/blog/2015/02/19/carole-byards-rent-series
Photo credit: Artwork from Carole Byard’s “Rent Series,” courtesy of Alexis De Veaux
Wednesday, March 25 – Saturday, March 28
Installation opens at 4:00 pm nightly
Performances at 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, & 8:00 pm nightly
Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performance Lab
$20 General Admission
$15 Seniors, Students, & Gibney Dance Class-Card Holders
Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis
Performing Arts Center
280 Broadway (Entrance at 53A Chambers St.)
Mon – Fri, 2pm – 6pm;
Sat, 4pm – 6pm
On performance days, the box office will be open until showtime.
The first collaboration between video artist Maya Ciarrocchi and visual/performance artist Kris Grey, Gender/Power (composition II) is an immersive installation activated by performance, sound, and video that poses questions about the dynamics of power in relation to gender. The content of the work is created in collaboration with individuals who have made specific decisions to disrupt or subvert gender signifiers. Focusing on embodiment, identity, and representation, the performers present narratives regarding their actual and perceived gender; these stories destabilize binary gender and expose our assumptions regarding the social signifiers used to define sex and power.
Maya Ciarrocchi is a New York City based video artist whose work addresses identity and otherness via documentation and durational portraiture. Her work has been exhibited in New York at: Anthology Film Archives, Chashama, The Chocolate Factory, Microscope Gallery, New York Live Arts, Sasha Wolf Gallery, among other institutions and at: Artisphere (VA), Borderlines Film Festival (UK), Moving Pictures Festival (CAN). Residencies include the Kala Art Institute (CA), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NY), and Ucross (WY). She is the recipient of grants from the Jerome and Puffin Foundations and received Jeff and Bessie awards for video scenography. Ciarrocchi earned her M.F.A. in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts and her B.F.A. in Dance from Purchase College.
Kris Grey/Justin Credible is a New York City based gender-queer artist whose work exists at the intersection of activism, storytelling, and studio production. Grey earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Masters Degree in Fine Art from Ohio University. Grey was a 2012 Fire Island Artist Residency recipient, a resident artist for the ANTI Festival for Contemporary Art in Kupoio, Finland in 2012 and 2014, and a teaching artist in 2013 at The International Centre for Training in the Performing Arts in Brussels, Belgium.
Gender/Power (composition II) was created with commissioning support from Gibney Dance.
Photo by Maya Ciarrocchi.
The project has also received residency support from the Baryshnikov Art Center (also in March)
Seeking the Darkness and the Light: Drawings of Italy by Ray Ciarrocchi
at the Joel And Lila Harnett Print Study Center
On view January 23 through April 26, 2015, in the
Harnett Print Study Center, is the exhibition
Seeking the Darkness and the Light: Drawings
of Italy by Ray Ciarrocchi.
Throughout his long career, Ray Ciarrocchi (American, born 1933) has maintained an abiding interest in the complexities of the landscape and its power as a visual metaphor.
The artist continues to focus on the landscape in his paintings and drawings. Dividing his time between New York and Italy, the artist found his inspiration for this series of charcoal drawings primarily in the provinces of Le Marche and the Abruzzo.
The series of drawings captures the mysterious and evocative nature of the region and its intermingling of Italy’s past and present, a setting Ciarrocchi describes as “heavy and dark and filled with a timeless uncertainty.” The richness of the layers of charcoal defines the darkness and the light of the landscape. In describing the drawings, the artist states, “Redon was partly an inspiration as was Italy with its surreal mixture of so many centuries which are part of daily life.
Charcoal itself helped define often what I was trying to find. The drawings are not literal versions of perceived reality but move in directions which the actual making of the drawings suggested.”
UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
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Cynthia Price, Director of Media and Public Relations
Ray Chiarrocchi (American, born 1933), River God’s
Cascade (Villa Lante), 2010-2013, charcoal and white
pastel on MBM Ingres d’Arches paper, 25 x 32 inches, Joel
and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, University of Richmond
Museums, Gift of the artist, H2013.05.04 © Ray Ciarrocchi,
photograph by Taylor Dabney
Ray Ciarrocchi was born in Chicago, Illinois, and studied art at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, Washington University, and received his M.F.A. at Boston University in 1961. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and included in selected collections such as The Brooklyn Museum, Greenwich Public Library, Connecticut, The United States Department of State, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the University of Richmond Museums.
Ciarrocchi has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Fulbright Grant, Florence, Italy, in 1963, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant in 1967, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship Award in 2009-2010, and the Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2013.
Organized by the University of Richmond Museums and curated by Richard Waller, Executive Director, University Museums, the exhibition was made possible in part with support from the Louis S. Booth Arts Fund.
Sunday, February 22, 2015, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Artist Talk and Tea Reception, Harnett Print Study Center
Modlin Center for the Arts
Ray Ciarrocchi, artist
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The Women’s Caucus for Art (WCA) announces Transforming Community, a four part national juried exhibition from 55 artists. Continue reading