Joanne Lefrak, SITE's Education and Catalogue Manager, will contextualize the work of biennial artists Lotte Reiniger, Kara Walker, and Paul Chan through the history of shadows and silhouettes. Touching on subjects such as Victorian silhouette portraiture, Lefrak will shed new light on the shadows and silhouettes of three artists included in The Dissolve.
Martha Colburn, Biennial artist and collagist extraordinaire, and Jad Fair, co-founder of alternative '70s rock group Half-Japanese, take the stage with pianist/comprovisor Thollem Macdonas on keyboards, for an evening that will challenge the limits of live projection performance art and will likely border on the outrageous.
Janet Dees, SITE's Thaw Curatorial Fellow, will investigate the theme of surveillance in contemporary art, connecting it to the work of Hasan Elahi. The theme of surveillance has garnered substantial attention from artists concerned with the loss of personal privacy after 9/11. However, the idea of watching and being watched has played a steady, if less obvious role in contemporary art since video cameras and feed-back loop technology became more accessible in the mid -1960’s.
Joanne Lefrak, SITE's Education and Catalogue Manager, will explore the theme of obsession in contemporary art and relate it to the works of Kaari Upson. She will investigate the idea of compulsive fixations and desire and will discuss contemporary artists who focus on obsessive practices or subjects. Lefrak will explore the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea or image through the lens of contemporary art.