Evan Pritchard, Linda Mary Montano, Luke Stence, Rae Goodwin, Va
Fri, April 3, 2020
7-9 pm Music and Interview with Evan Pritchard [NY]
9-9:30 live music by 1st Bassist, Luke Stence [NY]
9:30 Opening Ritual by artist and healer Rae Goodwin [Ky]
9:30-11:00 Performances: Valerie Sharp [Stone Ridge, NY] Kristiane Nerdrum Bøgwald [Norway]
11:00 Good Night!
EVAN PRITCHARD [NEW YORK] and LINDA MARY MONTANO [NY]
Evan Pritchard, a descendant of the Micmac people (part of the Algonquin nations) is the founder of The Center for Algonquin Culture, and is a former Professor of Native American history at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
He is the author of Native New Yorkers, The Legacy of the Algonquin People of New York.
He is also the author of the widely praised No Word For Time, the Way of the Algonquin People, and many other books, including an Algonkian language series.
LINDA MARY MONTANO [NY]
Linda Mary Montano is a seminal figure in contemporary feminist performance art and her work since the mid 1960s has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Attempting to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, Montano continues to actively explore her art/life through shared experience, role adoption, and intricate life altering ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years. Her artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual transformation.
Montano’s influence is wide ranging – she has been featured at museums including The New Museum in New York, MOCA San Francisco and the ICA in London.
Professor Pritchard has given "Native New Yorker" walking tours of lower Manhattan for the Smithsonian Institute, The Open Center, South Street Seaport, and other institutions. He has recently shared his findings on Native American life in Manhattan on Leonard Lopate's New York And Company show, on WBAI/ Pacifica Radio, ABC news, several NPR shows, New Dimensions, Maryknoll Productions and on other stations around the country. Native Peoples Magazine published a feature article on Native New Yorkers in the November/December 2002 issue, and a recent Village Voice cover article by Erik Baard was based, in part, on Pritchard's book.
LUKE STENCE [KINGSTON, NY]
Luke Stence’s engagements as a double bassist include frequent performances at New York City venues Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, with groups such as Teatro Nuovo, Talea Ensemble, the New World Symphony, the New Haven Symphony and at the Aldeburgh, Bard, Chelsea, and Norfolk festivals. He received degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Yale University and was twice a fellow at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. Luke currently resides in New York’s Hudson Valley where he is a member of The Orchestra Now, an ensemble dedicated to audience engagement and innovative programming. His playing may be heard on the Hyperion and Naxos record labels.
RAE GOODWIN [KENTUCKY]
In my art practice I work with intimacy, risk and therefor vulnerability as my main material. I am also deeply concerned with maternal ancestry as it influences the construction of identity, assumptions of strength and notions of agency. Individual Grandmothers in our society, after a whole life they are seen thru the lens of their role or perceptions of their archetype and vastly undervalued. When I ask people about their own grandmothers many confess they do not know her first name, how she grew up, nor her favorite music. Many people do not wonder about her until after she has passed. The absence in presence and presence in absence of this grandmother figure in the social lives of families, leads me to think about relationships, relationality and vulnerability in my work. Often this is conveyed through archetypal or sentimental gestures, materials and interactions between myself and the viewer/participant.
Rae Goodwin received an MFA from Winthrop University and a BA in Studio Art from Framingham State University. She has shown work at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, McColl Center for Visual Art, Dimanche Rouge in Paris, 10/12 Gallery in Brussels, defibrillator gallery, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Grace Exhibition Space, SUPERNOVA, BIPAF and MPAB festivals and other venues. She also serves as Professor and Director of Art Studio Foundations at the University of Kentucky. She is grateful for the support of the College of Fine Art, the Office of Institutional Research and the School of Art and Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky.
VALERIE SHARP [MARBLETOWN, NY]
Valerie Sharp is a visual and performance artist living in the Hudson Valley in New York, originally from Oklahoma City with a BFA in Acting (2014) and BA in Studio Art (2015) (minors in Costume Design and Directing) from Oklahoma City University. She creates creates expressionist paintings reflecting her inner world, and performance art using a combination of durational actions, costume, and installation in order to transform personal experiences into universal symbols. Through her work, she plays with perception of time, delves into the psyche of fairytales, examines our relationship to nature as a mirror to ourselves, and wanders through the wonderful, mysterious forest that is the mind.
KRISTIANE NERDRUM BØGWALD [NORWAY]
Kristiane Nerdrum Bøgwald (born 1987) is a Norwegian actress, performance artist and film student. Her work crosses boundaries between performance art, butoh inspired dance, writing, film acting, classical and contemporary theatre. She has her education from the theatre school, Nordic Black Express in Oslo (2009-11). She has also studied performance art under Johannes Deimling/PAS in Oslo and Bratislava (2013). Kristiane has in the last 4 years been involved in several productions with the Oslo-based, physical theatre company “Grusomhetens teater” (Theatre of Cruelty) as a paid actress, and with this company she has collaborated with The Living Theatre (US) taking part in the very last theatre play written by Judith Malina, "Venus & Mars" performed in Oslo 2017.
She has also been involved in several film projects. In 2014, she had the leading role in Marius Myrmel’s short film SKINLESS that was nominated to Palm Springs international shorfest/USA 2015. and Reel short film Festival in Canada 2016.
Kristiane is one of six members in the dance company Oslo Butoh- Laboratorium and she has taken part in many butoh-inspired performances and projects with this group and organized workshops and interdisciplinary art festivals in collaboration with butoh dancers from Norway and abroad. The last years she has written, produced and performed several independent performances and she has performed in Japan (Theatre Xcai 2017 and 2018), Iran (Fajir International Theatre festival, Tehran 2019) Slovakia (Nomadic Art Festival 2016), Poland (Gardzienice 2018), India (Morni Hills Performance Art Biennale 2018) Mexico City (Artivismo, Casa Viva, 2020), and Norway. As a performance artist she make use of images as a miror of the time and the society that she lives in. In her work she is exploring the concept of presence - of being and be seen. She wants to explore the available body and the immediate intensity between the public and create moments which stays in the public's consciousness. She is particulary interested in the topic of femininity and human's relationship to the nature within ourselves.
LES: GES & Perma-Culture is made possible in part with public funds from
Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural
Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.
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