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Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Dawn DeDeaux

November 13, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Political Geographies

Political Geography  examines political, cultural and social landscapes. Artists in this lecture series present diverse interpretations of geographic spaces, including psychogeography, and work through modes of mapping and representation, performance and social practice. These artists examine the spatial distribution and control of political processes and how geographic location and identity impact these processes and spaces. These artists are influenced by the study of laws and the effects on bodies in specific geographical environments, especially in relation to the behavior of other individuals and political bodies. Collectively, their work challenges ideas of space, place, ideology, energy, systems of power, agriculture, and dys/utopias.

Dawn DeDeaux
Introduced by artist and curator Diego Cortez

Dawn DeDeaux has merged art with new technologies for decades to broaden art and audience engagement.  Early works such as CB Radio Booths embraced mobility and pre-internet communications; mid-career works offered pioneering synchronized immersive media environments; and latter works, including the MotherShip Series, are inspired by environmental challenges.

Her work has been exhibited nationwide including the Whitney Museum, Armand Hammer Museum, Aldrich Museum,  Ballroom Marfa, and exhibitions now on view at MASS MoCA and the Kansas City Biennial – presenting her quarter-mile sculpture installation Free Fall. Upcoming exhibitions include a career Retrospective “The Space Between Worlds” at New Orleans Museum of Art in 2020

DeDeaux is an American Academy in Rome Prize recipient as the Knight Foundation Southern Artist, Rauschenberg Foundation Artist in Residence, and 2014 Prospect Alumna Artist of the Year.  She was producer / host of Louisiana’s first radio arts program Art Now for NPR affiliate WWNO, founding editor of the journal Arts Quarterly and among the founders of the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center.  As educator she established experimental art programming for the 6000-inmate facility Orleans Parish Prison, and has been Visiting Artist and seminar lecturer at numerous institutions including Maryland Institute College of Art, NYU, School of Visual Arts (SVA), and Princeton University.

DeDeaux was born and raised in New Orleans where she won the 1975 Demolition Derby in the newly constructed SuperDome as the only woman contender in a field of 35 drivers.

An endowment established in 1983 through the generosity of Nancy and Robin Hanes supports the Art Department’s Visiting Artist Series. This important program brings both established and emerging artists to campus to discuss their work in public lectures and to offer individual critiques to our M.F.A. students.  The Hanes Visiting Artist series greatly enriches both our academic programs and our outreach to the wider community.  All lectures are free and open to the public.

Artist website: http://www.dawndedeaux.net/

Image credit: FREE FALL: Paradise Lost / detail views day & night


November 13, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Sabine Gruffat


121 Hanes Art Center
121 E Cameron Ave
CHAPEL HILL, 27514 United States
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