Platform 2016: Conversation Without Walls: Two of Two
In the second of two long-form conversations contextualizing Platform 2016: Lost & Found, artists and curators revisit the community ethos of the East Village in the 1980s/90s and analogous networks of artists and activists today, in an afternoon interspersed with performance. In search of an intergenerational discussion around artistic influence, portraiture, and performed history, Lost & Found has provided four performers with “dossiers” consisting of images, flyers, biographies, documentation, and other ephemera to explore the act of reconstructing, or responding to, the life, work, and mythology of artists who have passed away.
1:30-2:30pm: LOST: East Village Ethos: a conversation about how local values and sensibilities historically defined by immigrant and artistic communities informed a “downtown” response to the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s/90s. With Allied Productions (Jack Waters & Peter Cramer), Sarah Schulman, Alex Fialho, and Ishmael Houston-Jones, moderated by Jaime Shearn Coan.
2:45pm: “Life Drawing” Response #3: Katy Pyle responding to the work of Greer Lankton (1958-1996).
3-4pm: FOUND: Imaginative Alliances: Artists and curators Ali Rosa-Salas, DonChristian, Brontez Purnell, Nelson Santos, and Larissa Velez-Jackson. This discussion will focus how artists and other creative performative minds address AIDS in their work today though notions of loss, queerness, and activism, moderated by Alex Fialho.
4:15: “Life Drawing” Response #4: Narcissister responding to the work of Alvin Ailey (1931-1989).
4:30pm: Wrap-Up with Katy Pyle, Narcissister, and all panelists.
“Life Drawings” Responses propose an intergenerational discussion around artistic influence, portraiture, and performed history, Lost and Found has provided four performers with “dossiers” consisting of images, flyers, biographies, documentation, and other ephemera. Responding to these dossiers, Raja Feather Kelly, Mariana Valencia, Narcissister, and Katy Pyle explore the act of reconstructing, or responding to, the life, work, and mythology of Ethyl Eichelberger (1945-1990), Assotto Saint (1957-1994), Alvin Ailey (1931-1989), and Greer Lankton (1958-1996). Considering these live events as a cross between performance and presentation, the Platform encourages these artists to approach the embodiment of widely-known or unsung artists through an exploration of their own artistic questions.
Part of PLATFORM 2016: Lost and Found
Narcissister, Unititled (Spanish Shawl), Self-Portrait Series, 2012-Present
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