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Distributed November 7, 2003
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Brown and RISD team up to offer Performance Art Series

Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design have teamed up to offer the first annual RISD-Brown Performance Art Series through April 2004. The collaborative presentations – all free and open to the public – will include separate performances by playwright/actor Eric Bogosian and performance artist Julia Mandle on Nov. 13, 2003.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Faculty from Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design have joined forces to offer the first RISD-Brown Performance Art Series, through April 2004. The collaborative presentations will include separate performances by playwright, actor and novelist Eric Bogosian and performance artist Julia Mandle on Nov. 13, 2003.


Eric Bogosian
In addition to his presentation as inaugural artist of the RISD-Brown Performance Art Series, Bogosian will spend several days on the Brown campus as a Lawton Fitt Artist-in-Residence, teaching several master classes.
[Photo: Joan Marcus]

Bogosian, the Obie Award-winning author of the play and screen adaptation of Radio Talk and the novel Mall, will perform and speak about his work at 4 p.m. in Brown’s Leeds Theatre that day. Mandle, of the New York-based experimental arts organization J Mandle Performance, will discuss her work and give a slide presentation of some of her site-specific group performances at 7 p.m. in the RISD Auditorium. Mandle has performed and exhibited work in a broad range of unusual locations and well-known venues in New York City and Brooklyn, including KALCH, which was performed over six city blocks in lower Manhattan.

All events in the series are free and open to the public, but seats for Bogosian’s performance must be reserved in advance by calling (401) 863-1362 or e-mailing [email protected].

The series, which began last month with appearances by performance artists Tania Bruguera, William Pope.L and Buzz Spector, features performances that cross disciplines, drawing on visual and graphic arts, movement and contemporary, folk and popular performance. It was organized by Rebecca Schneider Brown, associate professor of theatre, speech and dance at Brown, and Wendy Walters, assistant professor of English at RISD.

“We’ve invited people who do things across the spectrum,” said Schneider. “It’s a great collaboration. This is a field that intersects the critical theory that’s strong at Brown and the creative portion RISD is so good at.”

“There’s some great interaction going on,” noted Walters. “We feel really lucky to have pioneer artists like Martha Rosler and Joan Jonas participating in this ... These are people who were key in defining the genre.”

Bogosian is also coming to campus as a guest of Brown’s Creative Arts Council and the Lawton Wehle Fitt Artist-in-Residence Program. In addition to his appearance in Leeds Theatre, Bogosian will teach several master classes. In conjunction with his visit, the CAC will present screenings at Brown of two of his movies – Talk Radio on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in Smith-Buonanno Hall and Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in MacMillan’s Starr Auditorium.

The RISD-Brown series will continue throughout this semester and next:

  • Dec. 3, 2003 – Pioneer video/performance artist Joan Jonas will speak about her innovative works, which center on issues of the artistic process and self-knowledge; 6:30 p.m., RISD Museum;
  • Jan. 11, 2004 – Screening of Not for Sale: Feminism and Art in the USA during the 1970s, directed by Laura Cunningham, music by Yoko Ono; 3 p.m., RISD Museum;
  • Jan. 28, 2004 – Pioneer video artist Martha Rosler will talk about her work, in which she uses new media to transform everyday signs and objects into commentary on social inequities; 6:30 p.m., RISD Museum;
  • March 11, 2003 – Dancer/performance artist/storyteller Anna Beatrice Scott; 7 p.m., RISD Auditorium;
  • April 11, 2003 – Conceptual and performance artist Coco Fusco; 7 p.m., Stuart Theatre, Brown University.

In addition, from Nov. 20, 2003 through Feb. 1, 2004, the RISD Museum will host Gloria: Another Look at Feminist Art of the 1970s, an exhibition that explores the legacy of feminism through action- and performance-based works.


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