Thursday, November 13th
When Art Betrays Heart: Contemporary Artists Confronting Family
in their Work
by Maggie Cardelus
Most artists, at some point in their lives betray the conflicts, traumas, histories, characters, love, fears, secrecy and more within their families. Some artists have dealt with problematic relationships with their parents or siblings, while others have perhaps focused their entire oeuvre on one, cherished partner. This seminar will take a closer look at some of the most interesting works of sculpture, painting, installation work, performance, and photography on family and on the artists who made them, getting a rare insight into some of the deep emotional forces that have driven these artists to confront the intimate subject of family in order to examine, purge, heal, elaborate, understand, or simply draw attention to our universal and fraught connections to others. The course will review dozens of works made by dozens of artists among which Louise Bourgeois, Sally Mann, Janine Antoni, Joanna Spence, Larry Sultan, Allan Kaprow, Richard Billingham, Marina Abramovic, and more. This seminar encourages lively participation and discussion.
Instructor: Maggie Cardelus is an internationally exhibited multi-media artist whose photo-based works challenge our conventional understanding of photography and stretch its boundaries into drawing, sculpture, installation, and video. Her work is internationally exhibited and collected. At the Accademia di Belle Arti di Santagiulia in Italy, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in studio art and in the theory of photography. She earned her undergraduate degree in studio art and art history from Wellesely College, and her graduate degrees in architecture and fine arts from Columbia University and Hunter College in New York City.
To learn more about Maggie and her work, we invite you to visit her website: www.maggiecardelus.com.