Monday, March 21, 2011

"Utopian Strategies: Artists Anticipate Their Audiences" At Proteus Gowanus


Proteus Gowanus, a gallery and reading room located in the Gowanus area, consistently adds impressive exhibits, programs and conversations to their lineup of events. This coming Saturday, join Proteus for another interesting evening.
Utopian Strategies: Artists Anticipate Their Audiences
Join Carol Becker in conversation with Janine Antoni, Ernesto Pujol and Paul Ramirez Jonas
Saturday, March 26,
7 pm
at 543 Union Street (down the alley off Nevins)
Seats are limited.
Please RSVP to
Admission: $5

Artists are increasingly engaged in dialogues about how artworks, performances, interventions, and events relate to their audiences and how their audiences interact with their work.
In this intimate conversation with Janine Antoni, Ernesto Pujol, and Paul Ramirez Jonas,
all of whom engage the public sphere in different and unique ways, writer and Dean of Columbia University School of the Arts Carol Becker will ask these artists to discuss their practice--what influences their endeavors, what is their thinking before they begin to make the work, what do they imagine their audiences will experience as they participate, where does the work end, and what micro-utopian moments do they hope to spark in the intentional and unintentional communities the work creates?

Carol Becker is a Professor and Dean of the School of the Arts at Columbia. She is the author of several books. Her latest is THINKING IN PLACE: ART, ACTION AND CULTURAL PRODUCTION.

Janine Antoni is a visual artist whose artwork engages the viewer on a profoundly physical level often using her own body in relationship to extreme process and unusual materials.
She engages the body as it is culturally defined, often in terms of gender and identity.

Paul Ramirez Jonas is a contemporary artist whose work currently explores the potential between artist, artwork and public. Except for a 3 year hiatus, he has always worked within sight of the Gowanus canal.

Ernesto Pujol works as a site-specific performance artist and social choreographer. Pujol is interested in taking durational group performances as public art to culturally underserved communities, particularly in the Midwest and the West, creating portraits of peoples, places, and their issues. The artist is teaching at Parsons The New School this spring. He is the founder and director of The Field School Project and the UteHaus performance interdisciplinary group.


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