deFINE Art Schedule of Events | 2.17.2016 | Savannah, GA

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Wednesday, Feb. 17
2 p.m.
SCAD Museum of Art, theater
Savannah, GA
601 Turner Blvd.
Join us for an engaging conversation, ‘FORM • FUNCTION • FREESTYLE,’ moderated by Gia Hamilton, director of the Joan Mitchell Center, with visiting deFINE ART 2016 artists Robin Rhode, Lavar Munroe, Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt (R&R Studios). The artists will speak about their respective creative practices and touch on the SCAD Museum of Art commissions on view, which engage architectural space in unique ways.

They will also discuss the commonalities related to their work through ideas of participatory design, colloquial design and the re-imagination of both physical and conceptual space, as well as how they each created experiences using aesthetic and relational hyper-realities.

deFINE ART 2016 keynote lecture: Carrie Mae Weems

Wednesday, Feb. 17
6 p.m.
Trustees Theater
Savannah, GA
216 E. Broughton St.
Join us for the deFINE ART 2016 keynote lecture by honoree Carrie Mae Weems.

Over the past 30 years, Weems has developed a complex body of art that employs photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation and video. Her work has lead her to investigate family relationships and gender roles, as well as the histories of racism, sexism, class and political systems.

In the deFINE ART 2016 exhibition “Carrie Mae Weems: Considered,” Weems brings together a range of her work that is both provocatively disparate and deeply connected. Each series appears universal in scope, yet also isolates and draws upon more individual themes and issues. Weems’ still and moving images reveal families, men, women and the individuals that meld with and yield feelings of hope, despair, solitude, pride, strife and optimism. All of these aspects merge to form poignant visual articulations of our human condition in both days past and present. And in these diverse works that often look back, Weems urges us to be reflective and inquisitive — to consider them critically — within our present moment.

A commitment to history, to its exploration and analysis as well as to its revision, has always been ever-present in Weems’ practice. She has, over the course of the past three decades, continued to reconsider history through her critical and insightful lens. Through much of her multidisciplinary work, Weems has oriented us to the complex ways in which the past is consistently and without fail carried forward into the present. In so doing, her art critically reflects how history gets constructed, layered, juxtaposed and articulated, and often, what roles we — both individually and collectively — have occupied within it.

In a review of her retrospective in The New York Times, Holland Cotter wrote, “Ms. Weems is what she has always been, a superb image maker and a moral force, focused and irrepressible.”

Weems has earned numerous awards, including the prestigious Prix de Rome and the U.S. Department of State’s Medals of Arts, as well as many grants and fellowships from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and Anonymous Was a Woman. In 2013, Weems earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and a MacArthur Fellowship or “Genius Grant.” Most recently, she received the Spotlights Award from the International Center of Photography and the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University.

She is represented in public and private collections around the world including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at major national and international museums including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, all in New York City. In 2008, Weems collaborated with students, faculty and staff at the Savannah College of Art and Design to create “Constructing History,” a series of photographs and video exploring recent American events.

Weems has been represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City since 2008.

The exhibition is guest curated by Isolde Brielmaier, Ph.D.

Reception for Lavar Munroe exhibition: ‘Journey Elsewhere: Musings from a Boundless Zoo’

Wednesday, Feb. 17
7 p.m.
Gutstein Gallery
Savannah, GA
201 E. Broughton St.
Join us for a reception celebrating “Journey Elsewhere: Musings from a Boundless Zoo,” a multi-venue exhibition by SCAD alumnus Lavar Munroe (B.F.A. illustration) with recent works that explore his ongoing interest in the phenomena of the “human zoo” in place during colonial times, and its impact on the politics of representation in the present. A series of new large-scale works and drawings will be on view in the Gutstein Gallery—from Friday, Feb. 5 through Sunday, April 17, 2016—including an installation that engages personal biography and references his childhood in the Bahamas. Three significant works recently included in the 56th Venice Biennale will also be on display in the SCAD Museum of Art.

Munroe’s painting practice incorporates elements of assemblage and collage, with composite pieces stitched and glued into a larger whole. Anthropomorphic figures that vacillate between the playful and macabre are the central motifs of his large-scale canvases. Often incorporating found and discarded materials, Munroe creates rich, painterly works that foreground his interest in history, anthropology and sociology.

The exhibitions are curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, SCAD head curator of exhibitions.

Gallery hours:

Monday–Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Closed on Sunday
The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Presented as part of deFINE ART 2016, which takes place Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.

Reception for Kent Knowles exhibition: ‘Wayward’

Wednesday, Feb. 17
7-8 p.m.
Pinnacle Gallery
Savannah, GA
320 E. Liberty St.
Join us for a reception celebrating “Wayward,” the inaugural exhibition of a new body of paintings and sculptures by Kent Knowles that, together, will envelop the viewer in an environment of fantastical imagery. His colorful, large-scale paintings are positioned in an ambiguous space between allegory and personal symbolism, as he adopts myths for the sake of personal expression and narrative.

Knowles draws from the influence of Thomas Hart Benton, Stanley Spencer and Paula Rego for his figurative works. As with these earlier painters, Knowles’ compositions are often dominated by robust human figures who morph or de-emphasize the space they occupy. Knowles takes this to an extreme in “Wayward” — on view Monday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, June 12, 2016 — and the women he portrays diminish their surroundings in unsettling ways. Their inability to coexist within their environment creates a sense of awkward tension and restlessness in this new series.

Knowles is a SCAD alumnus (B.F.A. painting) and SCAD Atlanta associate dean of fine arts and foundation studies.

This exhibition is curated by Amanda York, SCAD assistant curator of exhibitions.

All deFINE ART lectures, receptions and events are free and open to the public.

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