Panel Discussion & Opening Receptions | SCAD MOA | Savannah, GA | June 23, 2016
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Lecture‘Intersections: Person and Place’ A Conversation with Biggs, Gibson and Rodríguez
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Reception for group exhibition: Built, World
Wim Delvoye, D-11 Scale Model 2.0, laser-cut stainless steel, 2008. Courtesy of Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York City.
The SCAD Museum of Art presents “Built, World,” a group exhibition featuring works by leading international artists investigating architecture and constructed realities with a variety of media across a range of scale. Through photography, printmaking, sculpture and installation from the miniature to the monumental, this exhibition engages the social landscape, explores the real and mimetic and deconstructs architectural forms, histories and legacies.
Furthermore, “Built, World” explores the relationship between contemporary visual art practices and architecture as form and discipline, and also considers the power and ideology embedded within our built environment. Special attention is given to the underlying issues of the social and political mores of our time. Environmentalism, industrialization, social activism and historical recounts are touchstones traced throughout the works on view.
The exhibition includes works by:
Bernd and Hilla Becher, Germany
Ramón Miranda Beltrán, Puerto Rico
James Casebere, United States
Louise Bourgeois, France/United States
Bobby Davidson, United States
Wim Delvoye, Belgium
Olafur Eliasson, Denmark/Iceland
Ângela Ferreira, Mozambique/Portugal
Carlos Garaicoa, Cuba
Susan Hefuna, Germany/Egypt
Kiluanji Kia Henda, Angola
Takahiro Iwasaki, Japan
David LaChapelle, United States
Los Carpinteros, Cuba
Adam McEwen, England
Roxy Paine, United States
Talwst Santiago, Canada/Trinidad
Yutaka Sone, United States
Hrair Sarkissian, Syria
“Built, World” is co-curated by SCAD guest curator Aaron Levi Garvey and SCAD head curator of exhibitions Storm Janse van Rensburg, with assistance from SCAD assistant curator of exhibitions Amanda York.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Reception for Mildred Thompson: Resonance, Selected Works from the 1990s
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Reception for exhibition: Aint–Bad: Vision to Reality
Jack Addis, Jean-Michel Basquiat, digital collage, 2011. Image courtesy of the artist.
The SCAD Museum of Art presents a multimedia exhibition profiling the archive and lineage of Aint–Bad, a multiplatform photographic publisher based in Savannah and founded by SCAD alumni.
“Aint–Bad: Vision to Reality” highlights the publisher’s thoughtfully curated editions, exploring the organization’s development from a singular vision and idea at its 2011 inception to the impressive brand it is today. The exhibition includes a selection of photographic works by SCAD alumni who have been profiled by Aint–Bad, as well as publications produced by the brand in the last five years.
Aint–Bad supports a worldwide, progressive community of artists through the publication of fresh photography and writing in its independent journals, books, web-based forum and exhibitions. Working from the premise that photography is at the core of how our world and communities connect, Aint–Bad produces curated publications, each with a particular cultural theme or set of observations. Through various endeavors, the collective has created publications featuring artists from around the globe, including many SCAD alumni.
Founded by SCAD graduates Carson Sanders (B.F.A. photography), Taylor Curry (B.F.A. photography), Caroline McElhinny (B.F.A. photography), Caitie Moore (B.F.A. photography) and James Jackman (B.F.A. photography) while they still attended the university, Aint–Bad has received several accolades and acknowledgments since its genesis. In 2014, the directors were invited to exhibit images from Aint–Bad’s “The American South” issue at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia, as well as represent Georgia at the Southeast Arts Presenters Summit at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Aint–Bad was also invited to launch the issue “Self-ie” at the Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Magazine Store in New York City in 2015, and was selected as an exhibitor at the Philadelphia Art Book Fair in 2016.
Sanders and Curry continue to direct Aint–Bad today. As directors, they have been participants and portfolio reviewers at the Society for Photographic Education National Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2015, and in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2016, as well as at Atlanta Celebrates Photography in 2015. Most recently, they were guest lecturers at the University of Georgia in Athens in Spring 2016.
SCAD art history professor Lisa Jaye Young also contributes to shaping the editorial voice of the initiative. This exhibition is curated by guest curator Susan A. Laney.
Artist conversation: Thursday, July 28, 2016, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Reception: Thursday, June 23, 2016, 6:30–8 p.m.
Transportation will loop between the SCAD Museum of Art and Pinnacle Gallery beginning at 6:15 p.m.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Gamaliel Rodríguez reception: Reminiscent of Time Passed
The SCAD Museum of Art presents “Reminiscent of Time Passed,” a solo exhibition by Gamaliel Rodríguez, featuring recent works on paper, as well as “Figure 1737,” a 45-foot ballpoint pen drawing commissioned by the SCAD Museum of Art. “Figure 1737” depicts Fort Benning, Georgia, and its surrounding areas, created from memory. Rodríguez was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, in the late ’90s during his service as an infantryman with the U.S. Army. As a service member, he honed his skills in navigation, investigation and map reading — knowledge that he later translated into his visual art practice.
Rodríguez’s nondescript industrial landscapes of Puerto Rico and U.S. territories are gleaned from his own personal experiences, travel and imagination. These haunting monochromatic images in ballpoint, acrylic inks and Sharpie markers are at first specific and familiar to visitors, while also unexpected and extraordinary in their scale and design.
This exhibition coincides with the national Blue Star Museums program, which allows active duty military and their families free entry to participating museums from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
‘Reminiscent of Time Passed’ is curated by guest curator Aaron Levi Garvey.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Janet Biggs reception: Afar
Janet Biggs, Afar, still from three-channel video installation with sound, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.
The SCAD Museum of Art presents “Afar,” the most recent work of acclaimed Brooklyn-based video artist, Janet Biggs. Created with the support of the museum, “Afar” depicts Biggs’ travels in the Afar depression, a geologically unstable but visually arresting desert region at the intersection of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti, in Africa. This volatile environment of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and intense heat serves as a metaphor for the ongoing political instability of a region in which salt traders, nomadic people and militia vie for scarce natural resources.
Known for her multichannel video installations involving remote, extreme environments and the people who dwell there, Biggs often explores the concept of endurance – both mental and physical – in her work. For this project, the artist collaborated with experimental choreographer Elizabeth Streb, as well as musicians Blake Fleming and Will Martina.
“Afar” is curated by Alexandra Sachs, executive director of SCAD FASH and Atlanta Exhibitions.
About the artist:
Janet Biggs has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and film screenings, including at Art Basel Miami (2015); Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, Texas (2015); Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2012); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2012); Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl (Ruhr Kunst Museen), Marl, Germany (2012); and the Tampa Museum of Art (2011). Biggs is the recipient of numerous grants, including the La Napoule Art Foundation Award, La Napoule, France (2013); Electronic Media and Film Studies Program at the New York State Council on the Arts Award (2011); the Arctic Circle Fellowship/Residency Expedition Residency (2010); the Art Matters, Inc. Artist’s Project Grant (2010); and Hermès of Paris: Production Funding (2009). Reviews of her work have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Artforum, ARTNews, Art in America, Flash Art, artnet and many others. Biggs’ work is in important private and public collections, such as Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC), Languedoc-Roussillon, France; the Zabludowicz Collection, London; Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl (Ruhr Kunst Museen), Marl, Germany; the Tampa Museum of Art; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York; and the New Britain Museum of Art, Connecticut. Biggs is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York City; CONNERSMITH, Washington, D.C.; and Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Jeffrey Gibson reception: A Kind of Confession
Jeffrey Gibson, The Only Way Out Is Through, glass beads, wool, canvas, artificial sinew, brass studs and brass cones over wood panel, 2015. Courtesy of MARC STRAUS Gallery, New York.
SCAD Museum of Art presents “A Kind of Confession,” the first Southeast solo exhibition by artist Jeffrey Gibson. The title of the exhibition is derived from a quote by African-American novelist James Baldwin: “All art is a kind of confession, more or less oblique. All artists … are forced, at last, to tell the whole story.”
Gibson is a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee, and has lived in the U.S., Germany, South Korea and England. His unique combination of global cultural influences come together in a multidisciplinary practice that intermingles elements of traditional Native American art with contemporary artistic references.
In his paintings and sculptures, Gibson merges powwow regalia, intricate beading, trade blankets and stretched elk hide with elements of geometric abstraction, minimalism and the mid-1970s Pattern and Decoration movement. A selection of recent work will be shown, including three, new large-scale acrylic paintings, intricately beaded punching-bag sculptures and wall hangings that incorporate textual statements.
This exhibition is curated by Alexandra Sachs, executive director of SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film and Atlanta exhibitions.
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