Alyson Pou curated and moderated two special events, in conjunction with the installation bringing together 12 artists of varying view points to share their work and explore the use of storytelling, autobiography, matrilineal heritage and women’s decorative arts and crafts as part of the artistic process. Both events were FREE and open to the public
SAt. MARCH 2, 2013 1–6PM
TAPPING THE MOTHERLINE
Photo Gallery Narrative Threads, March 2nd:
NARRATIVE THREADS- THREE VISIONS 1-3pm
Alyson Pou, Janet Henry and Iviva Olenick show their work and talk about the history, power and magic of combining narrative forms like storytelling and autobiography with traditional women’s crafts.
TAPPING THE MOTHERLINE- THREE VOICES 4-6PM
Alyson Pou, Daniel Alexander Jones, and Christina Springer perform solo works and talk about the oral tradition of storytelling and the matrilineal and cultural roots that inspire them.
SAT. MARCH 30,2013 1-4PM
CONCEPT AND CRAFT:
HANDMADE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Moderated by: Alyson Pou
Special Guest: Judith Brodsky, Distinguished Artist and Professor Emerita, Rutgers Institute for Women and Art
Presenters: Melissa Potter, L.J. Roberts, Andrew Salomone, Nathan Vincent, Bisa Washington, Noelle Lorraine Williams
In the 1960s and 70s in the wake of the Women’s Liberation Movement, feminist artists sought to resurrect women’s craft and decorative arts as a viable artistic means to express female experience, thereby pointing to its political and subversive potential. Since then artists of all gender identities have embraced the use of domestic craft in their work. How has the meaning and politics of using these crafts changed in the last 30 years? How has globalization through new technologies and the internet affected the use of domestic crafts? How is a new generation of artists making use of these age-old crafts?
Join me, Judith Brodsky, and this panel of six dynamic artists to be part of a lively presentation and discussion about Concept and Craft in the 21st Century!