VAC Presents Two Exhibitions in Collaboration with Faculty

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For Immediate Release:
Friday, January 21, 2011

The Visual Arts Center Presents Two Spring Exhibitions in Collaboration with Department of Art and Art History Faculty

Womanscape: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in African Art

New Prints 2010

On View January 28 through March 12
Opening Reception: January 28, 6–8 pm

Austin, TX — The Visual Arts Center (VAC) in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin presents two exhibitions this spring in collaboration with the Department’s distinguished faculty. Curated by Associate Professor in Art History Dr. Moyo Okediji, Womanscape: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in African Art is a group exhibition exploring the role of women, gender, and sexuality in contemporary African art, and will be on view in the East Gallery through March 12.

In the adjacent Mezzanine Gallery, the Department’s Printmaking Convergence Program will showcase its inaugural exhibition New Prints 2010, presented in partnership with International Print Center New York (IPCNY). This exhibition will showcase a cross-section of some of the most exceptional printmaking today from emerging to established artists.

About Womanscape: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in African Art

Curated by Associate Professor in Art History Dr. Moyo Okediji, Womanscape: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in African Art draws on works that deflect and inflect concepts of womanhood in African art. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, installations, videos, and photographs from indigenous and contemporary hybrid cultures by artists and scholars, including Tinuomi Afilaka, Akinyi Wadende, Wole lagunju, Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde and Orisagbemi Arigbabuwo.

Commenting on the exhibition, Dr. Okediji states:

“When color definitions come from fire but not strictly from light, many sociological and creative parameters shift. Gender lines become porous and sexuality expands beyond traditional commitments within monogamous or polygamous alliances. These nuanced heterogamous experiences frame and redefine the contours of creative expressions and the consumption of expressive cultures in many African communities. By questioning western ideas of womanhood, Womanscape problematizes the boundaries between females and males in African art, through creative equations that triangulate and extrapolate traditional representations as images. Men become women and women become men, as factors of sexuality are situated within the creative form. And what really matters are not the products, but the journeys of process.”

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Department of Art and Art History's Lectures in Art of the Black Diaspora and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.

Feedback Lecture: Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde
Tuesday, February 22 at 6:30 pm
East Gallery

In this edition of Feedback, the VAC invites Houston-based African artist Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde to engage our audience in a new exploration of the exhibition Womanscape: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in African Art.

Using post-feminist ideas that articulate her creativity in a variety of genres including the visual arts, drama, writing, filmmaking and performance arts, Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde is a Nigerian-born artist who has exhibited her work widely in the United States. She is the author of Conversations With The Soul At 3:00am, a collection of love poems and art photography, and the British Council/ANA award winning play, The Woman with a Past (Heinemann Books). She is also a recipient of the Christopher Okigbo Poetry Prize. Her performance work balances indigenous musical and lyrical traditions from Africa with adapted influences from European, American, and Asian sources to reveal a hybrid expressive impulse that elaborates on issues of vulnerability and power. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; and a Master of Science degree from Iowa State University. She currently resides in Houston where she works full-time as an artist.

About New Prints 2010

Presented as a partnership between with the Department of Art and Art History’s Printmaking Convergence Program, and the International Print Center (IPCNY), New Prints 2010 represents a cross-section of some of the most exceptional printmaking today and includes works by 43 emerging to established artists. This exhibition is the 37th presentation of IPCNY’s New Prints Program, a series of juried exhibitions organized by IPCNY four times each year, featuring prints made within the past twelve months by artists at all stages of their careers.

“This exciting new partnership will greatly amplify the role and importance of contemporary printmaking to our students, colleagues, community and region and provide the existing Guest Artist in Printmaking Program considerably greater visibility.” says Co-Founder and Director of the Printmaking Convergence Program Leonard Lehrer, “In addition, during the exhibition we are planning a symposium with local and regional printmaking professionals as panelists, which will be available via our website to a widespread audience. This exhibition and symposium are major components of this partnership plan to establish a world-class reputation for The University of Texas at Austin in this field and add to the cultural ambience of the printmaking community in Austin and our region.”

The Selections Committee for New Prints 2010 included Jennifer McGregor, curator, Wave Hill; Katie Michel, The Grenfell Press, printer and collector; John Newman, artist; and Martina Yamin, paper conservator.

Artists in New Prints 2010 include Jebah Baum, Joell Baxter, Jarrod Beck, Anne Beresford, Håkan Berg, Derek Boshier, Lisa Bulawsky, Victoria Burge, Walter Buttrick, Ann Conner, Michael Dal Cerro, Bruce Davenport, Jr., Donna Diamond, Sara Eichner, Sara Farrell Okamura, Gary Groves, Kevin Haas, Takuji Hamanaka, Mary Hood, Anita S. Hunt, Isaiah King, Michael Loderstedt, Nichole Maury, Frederick Mershimer, Mitch Mitchell, Carol Montgomery, Sean P. Morrissey, James Mustin III, Lisa Nankivil, Alice O’Neill, Onyedika Chuke, Ryan Parker, Sarah Plimpton, William Powhida, Ross Racine, Jimena NoemíRamos García, Scott Reeds, John-Mark Schlink, Shino Soma, Fulvio Tomasi, April Vollmer, Carolyn Webb, and Judy Youngblood.

A Conversation on Printmaking
Mezzanine Gallery
February 13, 3 pm

In conjunction with the Mezzanine Gallery’s New Prints 2010 exhibition, the Visual Arts Center, in cooperation with the Printmaking Convergence Program, presents A Conversation on Printmaking. Against the backdrop of IPCNY’s New Prints 2010 exhibition, a selected panel will participate in a conversation about the fine art print, moderated by UT's Ken Hale and Leonard Lehrer.

Additional support for the exhibition comes from the College of Fine Arts and Guest Artist in Printmaking Program. New Prints 2010 was organized by International Print Center New York.

About Printmaking Convergence

Founded by professors Ken Hale and Leonard Lehrer, Printmaking Convergence is a program of the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. Using both traditional and the newest of contemporary technologies, printmaking in the 21st century embraces an openness to innovation and exploration. The mission of Printmaking Convergence is to bring focus of the richness, challenges and pleasures of the fine art print to the university community and other local, national and international constituencies.

About the Visual Arts Center

The Visual Arts Center (VAC) opened its doors in the fall of 2010 to showcase a series of inaugural exhibitions throughout the 25,000-square-foot space, which features five state-of-the-art galleries and three inviting public spaces. This beautiful facility, with its airy galleries and inspiring art exhibits, draws students, faculty, guest artists and creative voices from around the world to form an intellectual and emotional center of University of Texas at Austin’s dynamic arts community. Situated in the heart of the university, at the corner of Trinity and 23rd streets, the VAC serves as a hub for artistic expression, education, and innovation.

KUT is the media partner of the Visual Arts Center’s inaugural exhibition season.

Generous support is provided by Art Lies.