in Pursuit of Venus [infected] is Lisa Reihana’s corrective to the historical record, created in response to eighteenth-century views of the Pacific islands as presented in the historic French wallpaper Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique (Native Peoples of the South Pacific), 1804-05. Reihana reimagines the wallpaper as a vast 60-foot-long scrolling video that moves through live-action vignettes—of kava-drinking ceremonies; haka and hula dances; and the death of Cook, among others—all placed within an idealized background inspired by the original wallpaper. Included in the 2017 Venice Biennale, the powerful and spectacular work brought Reihana international recognition. This conversation serves as a preview of in Pursuit of Venus [infected], which will be shown at the David Winton Bell Gallery in the fall of 2021.
Marisa Angell Brown, Assistant Director for Programs, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities Julia Lum, Assistant Professor of Art History at Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Annawon Weeden, an educator and performer
Jo-Ann Conklin, Director, David Winton Bell Gallery will moderate the discussion
Presented in conjunction with REMAKING the real, a program of the Brown Arts Initiative
Join us for a screening of Elisabeth Subrin’s 1997 film, Shulie, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker and Kate Kraczon, Curator of the David Winton Bell Gallery, on Subrin's current project, Maria Schneider, 1983, an experimental cinematic recreation of a 1983 television interview with the late French actress Maria Schneider (1952-2011).
Staging an extended act of homage – as well as a playful, provocative confounding of filmic propriety – Subrin's 1997 film resurrects a little-known 1967 documentary portrait of young Chicago art student Shulamith Firestone, who several years later would become a notable figure in Second Wave feminism and author of the radical 1970 manifesto The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution. Reflecting on her life and times, Shulie functions as a prism for refracting questions of gender, race and class that continue to resonate.
Elisabeth Subrin is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, visual artist and associate professor of film and media arts at Temple University. Her critically acclaimed feature narrative A Woman, A Part was released theatrically in 2017. Her critically acclaimed short films and installations have screened and exhibited widely in film festivals, museums and galleries. A 2020 Fulbright Fellow, she’s currently working on a film and book project about the late French actress Maria Schneider, in light of the global #metoo movement.
Presented in conjunction with REMAKING the real, a program of the Brown Arts Initiative.
RAYMOND HOOD AND THE AMERICAN SKYSCRAPER
12:30 pm Online exhibition premiere
3:00 pm Annabelle Selldorf in Conversation
with Dietrich Neumann and Jonathan Duval
Based in New York, Selldorf was the architect of the Hay Library renovation;
she specializes in art galleries, residences, and high-rises in New York City.
As museums rush to produce virtual content during the COVID-19 crisis, many are
opting to create virtual exhibitions using apps like Smartify, online viewing platforms
such as Google Art and Culture, architectural rendering programs like AutoCAD, and
even 3D modeling software designed for real estate agents. Though we may not have a
choice between physical and virtual gallery spaces at this moment, what is gained and
what is lost as we mount our exhibitions online? Are there alternative strategies to
connect the public with our collections and exhibition programs under this “new normal” of