Midday Art Break: The Subjects and W.I.T.C.H. 1985
Guest speaker: Sandra Percival, Zena Zezza Director and Curator
Take a break from your workday on the second Wednesday of the month and join a curator, museum educator, artist, or local scholar for a 45-minute talk in the galleries. This month’s program will highlight two installations by Portland-based artist Ellen Lesperance, The Subjects and W.I.T.C.H. 1985, presented in collaboration with curatorial projects Zena Zezza and Converge 45.
Lesperance invokes the work of female activists in her art. The Subjects, features the novel Peace Camps, partially set in the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and published on the occasion of Converge 45, as well as archival photographs, source materials, and other texts linked to the all-woman, direct-action, anti-nuclear-proliferation occupation established outside the Greenham Common Royal Air Force base in Berkshire, England, from 1982 until 2000.
W.I.T.C.H. 1985 consists of thirteen cloaks recreated from a scene of the 1985 made-for-television video called Can’t Beat It Alone that included footage from the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp. Lesperance faithfully recreates a cloak worn by a protesting individual: black, hooded, and with various popular 80s-era women’s power symbolism. W.I.T.C.H. 1985 is part of Zena Zezza’s longer-term artist project season, Ellen Lesperance: Land of Feminye, February through June 2018.
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