Panel Discussion: The Supper Club

February 1, 2019 4:00 PM

Free and open to the public

Elia Alba is joined by Austin-based artist Tammie Rubin in a panel discussion on Alba's multifaceted project, The Supper Club, moderated by Dr. Cherise Smith.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Supper Club, on view January 25 – February 22, 2019.


Elia Alba (b. 1962, Brooklyn, New York) lives and works in New York City. She received her B.A. from Hunter College in 1994 and completed the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2001. She has had solo exhibitions at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, New York (2018); The 8th Floor, New York (2017); Galleria Overfoto, Naples (2010); Black & White Art Gallery, New York (2009); Atlantica TransArt, Santiago, Chile (2005); Jersey City Museum (2003); and Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami (2003), among others. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2017); Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia (2017); El Museo del Barrio, New York (2016); Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC (2013); and the 10th Havana Biennial (2009), among others. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2008, 2002); the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant (2008, 2002); the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2002); and the Whitney Museum Van Lier Foundation Fellowship Grant (2001). A book on The Supper Club, produced by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and published by Hirmer, will be published in March 2019.

Tammie Rubin is a sculptor who transforms familiar objects into ceramic mythic relics. Her sculptures explore the gaps between the readymade and the handcrafted object, opening up dream-like spaces of unexpected associations and dislocations. Rubin has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions, recent selections include Women & Their Work, Austin, TX; the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX; de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART, Austin, TX; John C. Hutcheson Gallery, Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN; and Horton Gallery, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA. Rubin is a recipient of grants from Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects Seattle, and an Artist Project Grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Her work has been featured in journals such as Artforum online, fieldsConflict of Interest, Arts and Culture Texas, Sightlines, Ceramics: Art & Perception, Ceramics Monthly, and newspapers such as The Seattle Times and The Austin American-Statesman. She received a BFA in Ceramics and Art History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an MFA in Ceramics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Born and raised in Chicago, Rubin currently lives in Austin, Texas where she is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics & Sculpture at St. Edward’s University.

Dr. Cherise Smith is Chair of African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS), associate professor of AADS and Art History, and the Founding Executive Director of the Art Galleries at Black Studies. She is the author of Enacting Others: The Politics of Identity in Eleanor Antin, Nikki S. Lee, Adrian Piper, and Anna Deavere Smith (Duke, 2011) and Michael Ray Charles: A Retrospective (forthcoming, UT Press, 2019).

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