Exhibit To Stir Discussions About Women's 'Places'
AUG. 23, 2006--The newest exhibition in the Gallery 101 at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls explores the ideas of how women experience their "place" in culture."
"A Place at the Table," which runs Sept. 6-26, consists of 'chairscapes' created by16 women artists who address perceptions and interpretations of their status in their cultures.
An opening reception is Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Gallery 101 of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. The evening also includes a guest lecture, "Visual Culture and the Witch" by Deborah Smith-Shank, of Northern Illinois University, from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. and a panel discussion, "Exploring the Lives of Artists" from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. in the Syse Theater of the fine arts building. In conjunction with the exhibit, a performance piece, "African American Queen For a Day" will be presented on Sept. 20. All events are free and open to the public.
Smith-Shank will discuss the semiotics, meanings and significations of visual images of women in contemporary culture as well as throughout history.
"We are immersed in a visually-mediated atmosphere, continuously besieged by globally disseminated gender-based images that serve as food for aesthetic contemplation or as anesthetization," says Smith-Shank, who is author of the book "Semiotics and Visual Culture: Sights, Signs, and Significance" (2004).
"While these images may offer liberation, they can also host a plague of fantasies, not necessarily a bad thing. Some of the most potent visual signifiers crossing cultures and centuries are ones that portray woman as the goddess or witch; as maiden, mother, or crone; and as an object of desire or fear," says Shank, in addition to depictions of temptress, nurturer, warrior, and destroyer or sexuality including asexual, heterosexual, bi-sexual, and lesbian.
"Many contemporary artists and designers working within a feminist tradition have built on the concept of desire and/or repulsion connected with these images of woman/witch/goddess," maintains Smith-Shank.
Five participating artists will discuss their experiences as women artists in American culture in a panel moderated by Smith-Shank following the lecture.
Also in conjunction with the exhibit, the performance "African American Queen for a Day" will be performed from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Gallery 101 on Wednesday, Sept. 20. The performance, designed to be entertaining yet educational, will be followed by a discussion.
An ASL interpreter is available for events on Sept. 13 and 20. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m. and Sunday 2 - 4 p.m. Gallery 101 at UW-River Falls is just 25 minutes east of St. Paul, Minn., in River Falls, Wis.
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