Anderson Ranch Arts Center Announces Symposium Series and Featured Artists Series for 2014

Anderson Ranch Arts Center announces Symposium Series and Featured Artists Series for 2014. New symposium series includes Oscar-winning director, Steve McQueen.

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Steve McQueen, Photo by Thierry Bal

The artists participating in the Making the Change They Want to See symposium refuse to be passive bystanders just pointing to issues. Who better than artists to ring the alarm bell and help shape the change we wish to see?

Snowmass, Colo. (PRWEB) May 06, 2014

Summer at Anderson Ranch Arts Center will once again be filled with contemporary artists, critics and journalists, as the Ranch introduces a new Symposium Series and brings back its popular Featured Artists Series.

“The new Symposium Series is an exciting addition to our summer events,” said Nancy Wilhelms, Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to share these thought-provoking leaders in the global art world with the community.”

Oscar-winning director and artist Steve McQueen will serve as keynote speaker of a two-day symposium, Making the Change They Want to See, August 13-14. Curated by Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, this symposium invites Mel Chin, Holland Cotter, Pedro Reyes and Superflex, along with Mr. McQueen, to share how they are working to bring greater justice into the world through their insights, provocations and creation of new models of change.

“Artists are feeling an urgency to use their creative skills and freedoms to help solve some of the key problems of our day,” said Ms. Pasternak. “The artists participating in the Making the Change They Want to See symposium refuse to be passive bystanders just pointing to issues. Who better than artists to ring the alarm bell and help shape the change we wish to see?”

Also part of the Symposium Series is a panel discussion that takes place on July 30 and brings together the four authors of The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium – Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal and Sue Scott, along with renowned photographer Catherine Opie. The panel will explore and discuss the evolving status and concerns of women artists who followed the pioneering artists of the 1970s.

The Featured Artists Series has brought a number of vibrant artists to the Roaring Fork Valley in years’ past, and 2014 promises to be an equally entertaining season with artists Wendell Castle (July 10), Theaster Gates (July 19), Charles Gaines (July 24), Catherine Opie (July 31) and Ron Nagle (August 7).

All presentations that are part of the Featured Artists Series, as well as The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium symposium, are at 12:30 p.m. on the days offered and are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so advanced registration is required. The Making the Change They Want to See symposium is a paid, ticketed event at $500 for general admission seating or $250 for summer 2014 students and faculty of the Ranch and National Council members. Visit andersonranch.org or call 970/923-3181 for more details or to register for any of the presentations.

The Featured Artists Series is made possible by the generous support of Rona & Jeff Citrin, Friends in honor of Lee & Mel Eagle,Evan Snyderman and Zesty Meyers /R & Company, New York. Both series are sponsored by Harman International, the Westin Snowmass Resort/Wildwood Snowmass.

2014 Featured Artists Series:

JULY 10 - Wendell Castle. Format: Conversation with Michael Golec, Associate Professor of the History of Design, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lauded as the father of the art furniture movement, celebrated artist Wendell Castle has been a sculptor, designer and educator for more than five decades. From early in his career, Castle has consistently challenged boundaries of functional design, becoming renown for his superb craftsmanship, whimsically organic forms and original techniques for stack-laminating wood.

JULY 19 - Theaster Gates. Format: Slideshow Presentation. Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates has developed an expanded practice that includes space development, object making, performance and critical engagement with many publics. Founder of the non-profit Rebuild Foundation, Gates is currently Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago.

JULY 24 - Charles Gaines. Format: Slideshow Presentation. A Los Angeles-based artist, Gaines’ solo exhibition, Notes on Social Justice, opened on September 6, 2013 at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York, NY. The exhibition includes earlier works, “Night/Crimes” (1994/1995) and “Skybox I” (2011), as well as newer bodies of works, “Notes on Social Justice,” and “Manifestos 2. Upcoming exhibitions for Gaines include Prospect .3 New Orleans, opening in October of 2014, and a solo exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in Summer 2014.

JULY 31 - Catherine Opie. Format: Slideshow Presentation. Opie has become one of America’s premier documentarians, photographing the American landscape—from its Alaskan glaciers to its suburban freeways—as frequently as she images its citizens. Opie’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.

AUGUST 7 - Ron Nagle. Format: Slideshow Presentation. Nagle is an American ceramic sculptor, musician and songwriter, and he is considered part of the Abstract Expressionist Ceramics group that developed around Peter Voulkos. Nagle has worked almost exclusively on variations of cups, often pushing the form to the point of abstraction.

2014 Symposium Series:

JULY 30 - The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium

Panel Discussion with the four authors: Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal and Sue Scott, along with photographer Catherine Opie.

What does feminism mean to women artists today? Does it still make sense to talk about art by women as a distinct category? How does the work of women artists reflect contemporary concerns? How are women artists faring vis-a-vis men in the hyper-commercialized contemporary art market?

This panel explores the evolving status and concerns of women artists who followed the pioneering feminist artists of the 1970s. It brings together the authors of The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium, a book published in the fall of 2013 by the authors of the earlier, prizewinning book After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art. Eleanor Heartney, Nancy Princenthal, Helaine Posner and Sue Scott will discuss the work of women artists born after 1960, with a focus on changing attitudes toward the body and sexuality; the globalization of social and political issues; introspection, dream and fantasy as subversive strategies; and contemporary responses to society’s mixed messages about gender roles and the domestic sphere. Catherine Opie, one of the artists featured in the book, will discuss her work in relationship to ideas of family.

AUGUST 13-14 - Making the Change They Want to See
Keynote Speaker: Steve McQueen, Artist, Filmmaker and Oscar-Winning Director of 12 Years of Slave
Curated by: Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director of Creative Time.
Panelists: Mel Chin, Holland Cotter, Pedro Reyes, Superflex and more.

Making the Change They Want To See, is a two-day symposium curated by Anne Pasternak (President and Artistic Director, Creative Time) and features a keynote address by renowned British artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen. Other participants include Mel Chin, Holland Cotter, Pedro Reyes, Superflex and more.

Theaster Gates recently said “art is a place to assert one’s right to say difficult things.” This is indeed true. After all, through countless media, artists freely and creatively tell us stories that help us understand ourselves and interpret our world. They are looking at the sublime as well as the painful. The artist Joan Jonas described this as the artist’s central role, the role of translation. But it shouldn’t be a surprise that in what is surely the most complicated era in human history, artists are wanting to do more than just translate. Artists are feeling an urgency to use their creative skills and freedoms to help solve some of the key problems of our day.

Call it what you want: art and citizenship, relational aesthetics, social practice, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that multitudes of artists around the globe are becoming more central, not peripheral, to our daily lives as they work to make the change they want to see. From eradicating lead poisoning in our soil and shutting down super max prisons to launching new economic models in impoverished communities, artists are not only making things, they are making important things to counter social injustices.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center celebrates artists, art making, critical dialog and community.

For more information on our programs, call 970.923.3181, email info(at)andersonranch(dot)org, or visit the web site http://www.andersonranch.org. For photos or inquiries about the Featured Artists Series or Symposium Series, please contact Stephanie Keister at skeister(at)andersonranch(dot)org.


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Steve McQueen, Artist and Oscar-Winning Director