Tuesday, February 03, 2009

This Week at iMOCA


Today the term "postmodernism" is applied to everything from architecture and baby boomer disillusionment to The Late Show with David Letterman. So it's understandable that you ask: What the heck is postmodernism?

iMOCA and Butler University professor Elizabeth Mix will answer that question in terms of art in our new, more in depth series - iMOCA 201. The series will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m starting this Wednesday and will continue every Wednesday until March 4th.

This week's class: Intro to Postmodernism & Conceptual Art

How did the idea become more important than what art looks like or is made of? This session explores how postmodernism, and its sometimes bewildering branch called conceptual art, developed. Featured artists include Sol Lewitt, Joseph Kosuth, John Baldessari, Komar and Melamid, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer and Kay Rosen.

Future talks in this series will be:

* Feb. 11, Happenings, Performance & Body Art. An artist's body as a canvas... the art "happenings" of the 1960s... performance art, and how it differs from theater. This session explores these developments by looking at the work of Allen Kaprow, Gilbert and George, Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden, Vito Acconci, Ana Mendieta, Orlan, Carolee Schneeman and Guillermo Gomez-Pena.

* Feb. 18, Earth Art & Process Art. In the 1960s artists became fascinated with the idea of decay and began placing their works outside. This session examines why, as well as how this approach has changed over the ensuing years. Featured artists include Robert Smithson, Walter DeMaria, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Andy Goldsworthy, Robert Morris, Rachel Whiteread, Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn and Vik Muniz.

* Feb. 25, Site & Installation Art. Designing art for specific locations, as well as temporary placement, has transformed museum collections and the way artists approach artwork. Find out why as the session discusses Richard Serra, Edward Kienholz, Bruce Nauman, Judy Pfaff, Ilya Kabakov, James Turrell, Kara Walker, Anish Kapoor and Ann Hamilton.

* March 4, Video Art. Do not adjust your set. Television and video technology has made possible the use of video as an artistic medium. Featured artists include Paul McCarthy, Joan Jonas, Bill Viola, Nam June Paik, Dara Birnbaum, Matthew Barney, Krzyrztof Wodiczko, Tony Oursler and Pipilotti Rist.

iMOCA 201 is FREE but space is limited so please RSVP to info@indymoca.org.

Opening this Friday - 6 to 9 pm, FREE

das my i$H

New Paintings and Installations by Ismael Muhammad Nieves

"Das my i$H is a post-graffiti exhibition. It's a reflection of my 25 year activity as a graffiti writer. The fun part of graffiti writing has always been getting your name up, busting a character on the wall, and taking some flicks.

As a child in Lower East Side Manhattan during the late 70's and early 80's, my environment was flooded with graffiti, street art, gang culture, and hip hop. It was a language that my generation learned at birth and taught the world."

- Ish (Ismael Muhammad Nieves)

Check out the installation in progress and invite your friends on Facebook!

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