Everson Up-Close Artist Series
Joins us for a series of artist talks and demonstrations inspired by our latest exhibition, Who What When Where.
6:00pm, April 22, April 29, May 2, May 13, June 10, August 12
Zoom, *Click on the talks below to register. Must register separately for each.
*PLEASE NOTE: Registration will close 10 minutes before the start of each event.
On view starting April 10, Who What When Where is a provocative exhibition that poses questions about how narratives are constructed, interpreted, and revised relative to time, place, and positions of power. Who is writing history? What factors determine which stories get told? When does reality become a construct of perception? Where does our lived experience collide with that of others? Spanning a variety of media and decades, WWWW features works by more than fifty artists and introduces several recent acquisitions that bring new and needed perspectives to the Everson’s collection.
Speakers and Dates
Greenham Common And The Summer of 1983
What: In the early 1980's Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp was among a series of women only protest camps established to protest nuclear weapons and the placement of nuclear weapons at RAF Greenham Common in Berkshire, England. Artist Ellen Lesperance's in-depth research on their use of creative direct action craftwork and knitwear inspired her work Black Gloves Gods Eyes which will be featured in the exhibition Who What When Where. This talk will bring together Lesperance, fellow feminist and renowned artist Sheila Pepe, and Shad Reinstein, an organizing member of a women's peace camp in Romulus, NY whose 1983 protest made headlines in the New York Times. Together they will discuss their work, their activism, and the evolution and portrayal of women-led protests.
When: Thursday, April 22, 6:00pm
Ehren Tool: A Different Kind Of Mission w/Special Guest Omar Columbus
Who: Artist Ehren Tool is the ceramics studio manager in the Department of Art Practice at UC Berkeley and US Marine Corp Veteran. Omar Columbus is a poet, writer, photographer, and US Air Force Veteran.
What: Ehren will share about his featured work and how serving in the military informed his pursuit of the arts, and how it continues to influence his work as an artist and a teacher. He'll be joined for a spoken word performance by poet and fellow Veteran Omar Columbus.
When: Thursday, April 29, 6:00pm
David MacDonald: Vessels For The Human Spirit
Who: Artist David MacDonald's is known for his richly patterned utilitarian clay works. He uses patterns and decoration found in textiles, objects, body ornament, and architecture from diverse ethnic groups of sub-Saharan Africa.
What: David has described his work as a "personal journey in search of order, reason, reality, and beauty." He will discuss these grounding elements of his work, his process, and his pieces featured in Who What When Where.
When: Sunday, May 2, 2:00pm
Ellen Blalock: Conversations Through Creation
Who: Artist Ellen Blalock's work tells stories of the ignored and underrepresented. Her choice of media include photography, video, drawing, fiber, and installation.
What: Ellen will share about how she uses art to raise awareness of human conditions, social injustices, cultural diversities, and religious and spiritual beliefs. She'll also discuss the meaning and inspiration behind her piece Bang Bang, You Dead! (2018), featured in Who What When Where.
When: Thursday, May 13, 6:00pm
Dawn Williams Boyd: The Perspective Of The ‘Other’
Who: Atlanta-based artist Dawn Williams Boyd uses cloth painting, acrylics and paper collages to create works that portray American history, politics, and culture from the perspective of the ‘other’ - the oppressed, the abused, and the disenfranchised.
What: Dawn will discuss the intricate processes involved with her work and her piece Waiting For Medgar featured in Who What When Where. The striking work is nearly eight feet tall and depicts white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith, who shot and killed Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers outside his home in Mississippi in 1963.
When: Thursday, May 27, 6:00pm
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Peter B. Jones: Conserving An Ancient Art
Who: Peter B. Jones is a clay artist of the Onondaga Nation in New York State. He returned to his homeland in 1977 after studies at the Institute of American Indian Art and has worked to bring Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) pottery back to life in his home communities by teaching classes and workshops.
What: Along with his work, Peter will discuss how he's been able to connect with his ancestors through the study of their pottery making and the reasons it is so important for him to revive this ancient practice.
When: Thursday, June 10, 6:00pm
Carrie Mae Weems: Who What When Where - The Works That Inspired The Exhibition
Who: Artist Carrie Mae Weems work spans images, text, film, and performance. She is represented in public and private collections around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Modern, Museum of Modern Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art.
What: Who What When Where centers around a photographic series of the same name by Carrie Mae Weems. This seminal work, first exhibited in 1998 in Weems’ solo exhibition at the Everson, features four large format photographs printed on canvas, each combining text with a single image that references one of the foundational elements of narrative. Weems will discuss this piece in the context of the current climate in which perception is reality and misinformation has become a pervasive force in our lives.
When: Thursday, August 12, 6:00pm
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