The Artist as Culture Producer Lecture
7 - 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8
The Duluth Art Institute presents a multi-tiered program this fall led by two nationally renowned artists: Sharon Louden and Wendy Red Star. The program is presented on the occasion of Louden’s book tour for her new publication, “The Artist as Culture Producer,” which features 40 artists including Red Star. As part of the program, Red Star’s solo exhibit, “Reservation Pop,” will debut in Duluth with an opening reception Friday, Sept. 8, from 5 – 7 p.m. in DAI Galleries. Directly following, the two artists will present a free lecture downstairs in the Underground from 7 – 8 p.m. No reservation is required; drop-in.
“The Artist as Culture Producer” showcases first-hand stories of international contemporary artists adding to creative economies, and will be available to purchase at Zenith Bookstore, as well as at a sales table on site at the event. The lecture will address how artists extend their practices outside of their studios; share examples of the roles artists play as change agents; examine models of sustaining creative lives in the public realm; and explore what success means to different artists. After the talk, the floor will be opened to questions and comments from the audience, with participation highly encouraged. Louden and Red Star will also be available to sign books.Sponsored by:
The Artist as Culture Producer Workshop
Time TBA Saturday, Sept. 9
@DAI Lincoln Center for Arts Education
The Duluth Art Institute presents a multi-tiered program this fall led by two nationally renowned artists: Sharon Louden and Wendy Red Star. The program is presented on the occasion of Louden’s book tour for her new publication, “The Artist as Culture Producer,” which features 40 artists including Red Star. As part of the program, Louden will lead an artist professional development workshop at the Duluth Art Institute’s Lincoln Park location (time TBA), concentrating on the ways that artists can expand their practices beyond their studios. The workshop is free but registration is required via www.duluthartinstitute.org/Events.
Louden holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Yale University School of Art, and her work has been exhibited at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth as well as Carnegie Mellon University, Weisman Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Weatherspoon Art Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and more. Her work is held in major public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, National Gallery of Art, Neuberger Museum of Art, Arkansas Arts Center, Yale University Art Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Art in America, Washington Post, ARTnews and elsewhere. Louden has taught for more than 25 years and is a Senior Critic at the New York Academy of Art in New York City, as well as a consultant for the Joan Mitchell Foundation. She has also contributed to the National Endowment for the Art's Creativity Connects campaign.
4:30 - 6 p.m. Workshop; 6 - 7 p.m. Break; 7 - 8 p.m. Film
Thurs., Sept. 21 (Peace Day) :: Zeitgeist Teatro
The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) creates bridges of communication, understanding and support between Americans and Iraqis. IARP received a grant from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation to host a screening and workshop in Duluth, sponsored by the Duluth Art Institute and Zeitgeist.
The workshop, “Cross-Cultural Storytelling,” will teach participants to develop a deeper understanding of how to make cross-cultural storytelling effective, accurate and fair. Iraqi Voices teaching artist and filmmaker Nathan Fisher, with Iraqi directors, will lead a discussion. The workshop is free but registration is required via www.duluthartinstitute.org/Events.
The one-hour screening will feature a compilation of short documentary films, with Fisher and the directors available for a post-screening conversation.
Terrain: The Art of Localizing Symposium
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat. - Sun., Oct. 28 - 29
(8:30 a.m. check-in; break 1 - 2 p.m.)
Community Forum: 7 - 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 28
@DAI Lincoln Center for Arts Education
Artist and educator Cecilia Ramon, in partnership with the DAI and the Office of Sustainability at UMD, offers Terrain: The Art of Localizing. The two-day symposium will address intersections between ecology, art and design based on systems thinking, opening new ways to co-exist with the living world. The goal is to explore the transformative power of art-making and nature-based design to re-imagine our world at a time of systemic change. Ramon will be joined by an interdisciplinary teaching team comprised of David Sanchez-Ruano, PhD in Design, University of Dundee, UK and Rachel Toczydlowski, PhD Candidate in Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Participatory and inclusive, every session will dedicate time to theory, experimentation, hands-on art-making and sharing conclusions. The artist is supported by an Arrowhead Regional Arts Council grant. The symposium is free but registration is required via www.duluthartinstitute.org/Events. There will be a 30-person cap. Can’t make the two-day symposium? Please drop in Saturday evening for a free, one-hour Community Forum.