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Though sculptural and installation-based practice, Is a Call to Pleasure a Loss? investigates the standardization of construction materials in the United States and their relationship to the domestic space. An assemblage of found objects, including building supplies, are employed in the service of these sometimes precarious constructions. Utilizing strategies of juxtapositions that highlight lines, gravity, and balance, attention is called to these objects’ material and formal qualities–qualities that are intentionally concealed in the building process.
Dr. Mary Jo Arnoldi is Curator of African Ethnology and the Arts for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and has worked extensively in Mali. She is trained in both anthropology and art history and is interested in many forms of material and expressive culture. Her research in Africa focuses on the roles that material and expressive culture play in the construction of identities: local, national, and global.
Opening Reception Friday, 2 March 7-9 pm
“The Cocktail Party”
Ann Reynolds is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. In her research and teaching, she focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century art and visual culture in the United States and Europe.
The inaugural Cosmic Rays Experimental Film Festival will beam into Chapel Hill's historic downtown Varsity Theatre on March 1st and 2nd, 2018 to present 5 programs of screenings that explore the artistic possibilities of film and video.
Brooklyn-based artist Noah Fischer studied at RISD and Columbia University and his political installations were first exhibited in 2006. Today he has fused his studio art practice with movements for social and economic justice, and the work can be found in the gap between the museum and the streets.
Kathryn Desplanque recently completed her PhD in Art History at Duke University (2017). Kathryn specializes in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century French visual culture, printed imagery, and art markets.
“Symbiontics, or, Contemporary Artists and the Bios”
Caroline A Jones studies modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on its technological modes of production, distribution, and reception.