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Nandipha Mntambo
© Nandipha Mntambo
Undercover: Performing and Transforming Black Female Identities
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
Featuring work by: Mequitta Ahuja, Emma Amos, Sheila Pree Bright, Nick Cave, Renée Cox, Lalla Essaydi, Ellen Gallagher, Myra Greene, Lyle Ashton Harris, Lauren Kelly, Marcia Kure, Deana Lawson, Kalup Linzy, Kalup Linzy, Beverly McIver, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Wangechi Mutu, Lorraine O'Grady, Magdalene Odundo, Gordon Parks, Jessica Ann Peavy, Jessica Ann Peavy, Etiye Dimma Poulsen, Berni Searle, Cindy Sherman, Coreen Simpson, Lorna Simpson, Renée Stout, Mickalene Thomas, Sheila Turner, Iké Udé, Doris Ulmann, James VanDerZee, Pat Ward Williams

: Wed, Sep 9, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

This exhibition explores the complicated practice of black women disguising themselves as well as the historic trend of others camouflaging themselves as black women. It is based on the premise that people manipulate their outward appearance for many reasons including: to gain access that they would not otherwise have, mimic, deflect attention, or garner confidential information. The project also surmises that artists incorporate the practice of disguise as a critical strategy to carry out or debunk cultural traditions, confront or reinforce stereotypes, explore fetishes, and challenge sociocultural norms.

"Undercover" considers the reasons and ramifications of disguise and the multiple implications it has on race and gender. It examines seemingly disparate types of disguise including, self-portraiture, cross-dressing, and blackface performance. Featuring a range of media including painting, video, and photography, "Undercover" investigates the multi-layered strategies for and outcomes of disguise. While it includes works by well-known artists including Lorraine O'Grady, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, Doris Ulmann, and James VanDerZee, it also introduces promising emerging and mid-career artists such as Renée Cox, Lalla Essaydi, Ellen Gallagher, Myra Greene, Lyle Ashton Harris, Lauren Kelley, Kalup Linzy, Nandipha Mntambo, Magdalene Odundo, Berni Searle, and many others.

For a corresponding lecture from participating artist Renée Cox, please see ACP 11 Collaborations.

Exhibition: Thu, Sep 10, to Sat, Dec 5 2009

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center
350 Spelman Lane, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri: 10am - 4pm
Sat: 12pm - 4pm
web: http://www.spelman.edu/museum
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/172
ACP Listing #: 028

© Duncan/Fried
Palimpsest Portraits Neil Fried and Monica Duncan
Marcia Wood Gallery
Featuring work by: Monica Duncan, Neil Fried

Exhibition: Thu, Sep 10, to Sat, Oct 17 2009

Neil Fried (Atlanta) and Monica Duncan (San Diego) present Palimpsest Portraits, a video project using a technique the artists have termed ‘encaustic video’. The traditionally linear format of the video process is altered by Duncan and Fried as they use a process wherein real-time image processing siphons off portions of the video stream into a reservoir of computer memory that either fades of fixes, according to degrees of luminosity in the scene. Like the palimpsest, some areas must be rubbed out to admit the new, but are never totally lost. The video portraits to be presented in Palimpsest Portraits are the initial stage of larger project that will culminate in a video piece wherein the characters inhabit architectural forms in site-specific, interactive performance in a city that resembles Atlanta.

: Thu, Sep 10, 7pm - 9pm

Other: Fri, Oct 2, 7pm - 12am

Le Flash / Palimpsest Portraits

A site specific indoor/outdoor video project at Marcia Wood Gallery presented by Neil Fried and Monica Duncan for Le Flash. A one night only event, Le Flash is an evening of dozens of artists projects held throughout Castleberry Hill.

: Sat, Oct 3, 11am - 12:30pm

Palimpsest Portraits Monica Duncan and Neil Fried

In conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography month, Fried and Duncan will give a multi-media presentation on the process and concept of their video exhibition Palimpsest Portraits...

Marcia Wood Gallery
263 Walker Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30313  [map: Google Maps]
hours: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 11am - 6pm
p: (404) 827-0030
web: http://www.marciawoodgallery.com
permalink: http://festivalguide.acpinfo.org/listings/view/188
ACP Listing #: 029

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