Clifford Owens visits UNC-Chapel Hill, November 2-13, 2009

9 06 2010

In conjunction with John Bowles’ fall graduate seminar, the Art Department brought Clifford Owens to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for a two week residency, November 2-13, 2009. As the Hanes Visiting Artist, Owens created two performances of Photographs with an Audience for the Process theater series, staged a series of actions in the Alumni Sculpture Garden and elsewhere across campus, presented a public lecture, and met with graduate students working on the African American Performance Art Archive.

Below, a selection of the media coverage documenting Owens’ residency.  Click a heading to follow the link:

Artist Clifford Owens visits UNC Nov. 2-13

UNC-Chapel Hill College of Arts & Sciences press release, October 2009.

The Process Series and Clifford Owens

Interview and profile of Clifford Owens for the Independent newspaper, November 4, 2009.

Clifford Owens visiting artist

Brief story about Clifford Owens’ performances from the Durham Herald-Sun newspaper, November 2009.


AAPAA featured in CHAT Festival exhibit, Feb. 16-19, 2010

9 06 2010

The African American Performance Art Archive was featured in an exhibition of faculty research projects sponsored by the Institute for the Arts and Humanities’ CHAT Festival (Collaborations: Humanities, Arts & Technology) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, February 16-19, 2010.

The CHAT Festival’s mission was to explore how “digital technologies are transforming the practices of the arts and humanities, including how we learn, think, know, teach and express ourselves both as individuals and as communities.” Festival events included live performances, a series of panels and lectures, and exhibitions of collaborative projects created by scholars at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University.

Photo: John Bowles demonstrates the Archive to CHAT Festival attendees.

Below, a selection of CHAT Festival coverage documenting the Archive’s participation.  Click a heading to follow the link:

Internet Archive of African-American Performance Art

A CHAT Festival announcement with a description of the African American Performance Art Archive and exhibition details.

Photos from Faculty Exhibitions

Photo gallery documenting the CHAT Festival, including a photograph of John Bowles at the exhibition of faculty projects, demonstrating the site to visitors.

CHAT Festival’s Photos – Faculty Working Groups

Photo gallery documenting the Faculty Working Groups held in preparation for the CHAT Festival. John Bowles appears in two of the photographs.

Photo: CHAT Festival participants Paul Jones and John Bowles at one of the Faculty Working Groups, summer 2009.

Women’s Work

23 04 2010

Maren Hassinger first performed Women’s Work in conjunction with her collaborative performance with Senga Nengudi, Side by Side, at “Les soirées nomades: Nuits Noires,” at the Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, France, in April 2006.  Hassinger explains, “‘Women’s Work’ was my individual creation. Senga had an individual creation and then we made an extended piece together [Side by Side] which involved a video review of our work together over the years and a gift giving segment involving the Paris audience.”

Hassinger adds, “In 2009 the ‘Women’s Work’ piece was reprised during an evening of performance organized by Ulysses Jenkins called ‘Quiet as Kept’ at the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Los Angeles.  This evening was in honor of my receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women’s Caucus [for Art] that year and to the many African American women artists of Los Angeles.  Many of them were present that night, including Senga.”

Artist: Maren Hassinger Current repository: Collection of Maren Hassinger
Location: Foundation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, France

Source: Maren Hassingeri
Title:  Women’s Work Rights:
Medium: video Comments: Performed in conjunction with Hassinger’s collaborative performance with Senga Nengudi, Side by Side, at “Les soirées nomades: Nuits Noires.”

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Personal Statement [2009]

29 11 2009

Personal statement (2009)

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Untitled note regarding “LILLIES OF THE VALLEY UNITE! or not”

26 11 2009

"Lilies" note

Artist: Senga Nengudi Current repository:
Location: Source: Senga Nengudi
Title: Untitled note regarding “LILLIES OF THE VALLEY UNITE! or not” Rights:
Medium: post-it note on document Comments: Senga Nengudi’s note affixed to “Lillies of the Valley Unite!”: Sample of my poetry as persona Lily Bea Moor[.]  Poetry references my way of working and my installations[.] Lilies of the Vally Unite! is a manifesto of sorts
Dimensions: Date: 2009