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Taking Up Space: An afternoon of readings

November 13, 2016

Hosted by Ellie Krakow. Admission is free and open to the public.

As part of our public program series, NURTUREart presents Taking Up Space, a reading about objects and feminism. Guest readers—who are working in visual art, performance, poetry, translation, history, and cultural anthropology—include Katherine Behar, Aimee Meredith Cox, Katrina Dodson reading from Hilary Kaplan’s translation of Angélica Freitas, Megan Heuer, Glendalys Medina, and Barb Smith. Admission is free and open to the public.

Katherine Behar is an interdisciplinary media and performance artist and assistant professor of new media arts at Baruch College of the City University of New York. Exploring gender and labor in digital culture, her work was the subject of a recent survey exhibition, Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry | Veri Girişi, at the Pera Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. She is the editor of Object-Oriented Feminism, the coeditor with Emmy Mikelson of And Another Thing: Nonanthropocentrism and Art, and the author of Bigger than You: Big Data and Obesity. Her art publications include Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry and Katherine Behar: E-Waste.

Aimee Meredith Cox is a cultural anthropologist and movement artist who teaches at Fordham University where she is the Creator and Director of the Fashion Studies Minor, and advisor to the Alvin Ailey/Fordham BFA program in Dance. Aimee is the author of Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship (Duke 2015) and the forthcoming edited volume, Gender: Space (MacMillan). She is also editing a special issue of Public: A Journal of Imagining America on art and knowledge production in the academy. Aimee has written peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on performance, race and gender in youth culture, and the politics of cultural production. She is a former professional dancer who toured widely with Ailey II/The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, and is the founder of BlackLight, a young women of color-led activist art initiative that has produced community-based projects in Detroit, Newark, and New York City.

Angélica Freitas is the author of two books of poetry, Rilke Shake and Um útero é do tamanho de um punho (The uterus is the size of a fist, a finalist for the 2013 Portugal Telecom Prize), and a graphic novel, Guadalupe. She co-edits the journal Modo de Usar & Co., and lives in Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Hilary Kaplan’s translation of Rilke Shake received the 2016 Best Translated Book Award and the National Translation Award for poetry, and was a finalist for the 2016 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Katrina Dodson, translator of The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the 2016 PEN Translation Prize and a Northern California Book Award, will read from Hilary Kaplan’s translation of Rilke Shake by Angélica Freitas.

Megan Heuer is an art historian who currently works as the Director of Public Programs at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is completing a Ph.D. in art and archaeology at Princeton University.

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx, Glendalys Medina is an interdisciplinary artist who received her MFA from Hunter College in 2008. Medina’s work has been exhibited at such notable venues as Artists Space, Bronx Museum and El Museo del Barrio. She was awarded a SIP fellowship at EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in 2016, a BACK IN FIVE MINUTES artist residency at El Museo Del Barrio in 2015, a residency at Yaddo in 2014, the Rome Prize in Visual Arts in 2013 from the American Academy in Rome, a NYFA Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Art in 2012, and the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace residency in 2010.

Barb Smith is a Brooklyn based artist born in Kokomo, Indiana. Her work exists in a wide range of media including photography, video, and sculpture and invites reflection on one’s relationship to the material world as navigated by and through the body. Solo exhibitions include Strike-slip at Páramo Gallery (Guadalajara, Mexico), Unexpired Time at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mesa, AZ, and Apperception at Purdue University. Smith was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture (2011) and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2012). Her writing has been featured in The Shawangunk Review, No Dear Magazine, The Saint Lucy, Makhzin, and The Brooklyn Rail. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Bard College (2016).

Featured Image: Katherine Behar, Data’s Entry, 2016. Performance.

Taking Up Space