WPKN Archives Archive Feed: hartford Archived radio content http://www.wpkn.org/ Sun, 27 Sep 2020 01:06:09 GMT WPKN Archives Archive Feed: hartford http://www.wpkn.org/ http://archives.wpkn.org//banners/7.png 850 192 Live Culture with Martha Willette Lewis--Episode 15 http://archives.wpkn.org/http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/148292 <p>This month's episode begins in conversation with <strong>Vanessa German</strong>, the current artist at <strong>The Wadsworth Athenaeum&rsquo;s MATRIX </strong>series. German&rsquo;s installation<em> &ldquo;i come to do a violence to the lie&rdquo;</em> . <strong>MATRIX 174</strong> will transform the Bunce Gallery into an underground excavation site,&nbsp;with strings of bare light bulbs minimally illuminating a powerful female army of over&nbsp;30 of German&rsquo;s figurative sculptures installed in military formation on an earthen floor.&nbsp;The presentation was inspired by the estimated 7,000 terra cotta warriors&nbsp;buried near the 2,000 year-old tomb of Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi.</p> <p>In her signature prose, German describes them as:</p> <p>&ldquo;an army of healers.an army of weepers. An army of protectors. Armed and dangerous upon the lie.&rdquo; She defines their role in &ldquo;a sustained accumulation of destruction to the vicious and debilitating compendium of hate, lies, and murder; the shapeshifting nature of the weapons aimed against my very flesh and soul. (i do not have to tell you that___black lives matter.)&rdquo;</p> <p>In May she was artist in residence at <strong>Hartford Public Schools</strong>.<br /> In July she will return to Hartford for summer sessions with community groups including <strong>True Colors, Real Art Ways&rsquo; Park Art, Billings Forge Community Works,</strong> and <strong>The Wadsworth Atheneum&rsquo;s Summer Community Studio.</strong></p> <p>Vanessa German lives in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh, where crime, drugs, and<br /> gun violence continually wreak havoc on the historically African-American urban community,<br /> and where many residents have personal connections to the victims of violence. In response to<br /> her life experiences, German creates inspiring sculptures in the tradition of African &ldquo;Nkisi&rdquo;<br /> power figures, divine protective objects thickly encrusted with nails, beads, shells, and found<br /> objects that evoke suits of armor. Housing mystical forces to eradicate evil, German&rsquo;s enigmatic<br /> contemporary variations of the ritualistic sculptures embody a performative, spiritual, and<br /> affirming function.</p> <p><strong>Matrix 174</strong> begins <strong>June 9 </strong>and runs through <strong>Sept. 4, 2016</strong>.<br /> An exhibition opening reception on <strong>June 8</strong> will feature a performance of German&rsquo;s<br /> signature style of spoken word opera, a hybrid of spoken word poetry combining the theatrical<br /> elements of hip hop, African storytelling and opera. Tickets are available for purchase online at <a href="http://www.thewadsworth.org. ">www.thewadsworth.org. </a></p> <p><br /> <strong>The Wadsworth Athenaeum Museum of Art</strong> is located at 600 Main Street Hartford, CT 06013</p> <p>During the second half of the show, Martha is in discussion with Artist <strong>Debbie Hesse</strong> about her project <strong>Sway. Shift: Sea Garden, version 12.0</strong>, A community-enhanced installation at <strong>Vauiso Greenhouse Growers,</strong> located at 75 Hosely Ave., Branford. The installation is on view <strong>May 10-June 15</strong>, during daily retail hours.</p> <p>This work aims to spark a visual conversation about the relationship between agriculture and ocean Farming while highlighting local initiatives to grow underwater restorative sea gardens that address issues of food security and the environment.</p> <p>Hesse has partnered with multiple organizations for this project including <strong>Vauiso farms</strong> and <strong>Green Wave</strong>. This project is the aftermath of her fall residency at <strong>Hongti Art Center</strong> in Busan, South Korea where she researched traditional seaweed cultivation practices and created a video installation.</p> <p>Debbie Hesse is an installation artist who combines organic and artificial materials and forms with cast and painted shadows to create parallel, hybrid, ephemeral environments that explore ideas about growth, materiality and the ethereal.</p> <p>Debbie was recently awarded an International Artist-in-Residence in Busan, South Korea, a Regional Art Initiative Grant from the <strong>Connecticut Office of the Arts and Shoreline Arts Aliance </strong>and is a recipient of a <strong>Rhode Island Visual Artist Sea Grant,</strong> a <strong>Connecticut Visual Artist Sea Grant</strong>, and a <strong>Vermont Studio Residency Individual Grant.</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.geomorphictank.com">www.geomorphictank.com</a> <br /> <a href="http://www.vaiusofarms.com/">http://www.vaiusofarms.com/</a></p> <p>playlist of music excerpts:<br /> Hell you Talmbout,<br /> Janelle Monae and Wonderland</p> <p>Burn the Witch, <br /> radiohead, moon shaped pool</p> <p>Octopus&rsquo;s Garden <br /> Rockabye Baby! lullaby renditions of beatles songs</p> http://archives.wpkn.org/http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/148292 Sat, 28 May 2016 11:01:00 GMT Live Culture episode 7 with Martha Willette Lewis http://archives.wpkn.org/http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/125996 <p>&nbsp;Episode 7: Grand Gestures <br /> This month my guests are :</p> <p>Susan L. Talbott, Director and CEO of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, which is celebrating a GRAND REOPENING on September 19 after a long renovation.The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continually-operating public art museum in the United States and has been undergoing a major renovation since 2010.&nbsp;The $33 million project renewed the museum&rsquo;s historic structures and added 16 new gallery spaces. The Museum, which has expanded by adding nearly 16,000 square feet of exhibition space, has many exciting things in store for us!</p> <p><br /> More about The Wadsworth Atheneum here:&nbsp;<a href="https://thewadsworth.org/">thewadsworth.org/</a></p> <p>and :</p> <p>Artist/print-maker Roxanne Faber Savage and gallerist Gabriel Da Silva, who, with The Westville Village Renaissance Alliance, have an upcoming giant steamroller printmaking project in the works.This public event, happening in October 17-18 as a part of City-Wide Open Studios Festival, organized by Artspace New Haven, is free and open to the public.</p> <p><br /> more about the CWOS festival here<br /> <a href="http://www.cwos.org/oct-17-18-transported-weekend/">http://www.cwos.org/oct-17-18-transported-weekend/</a><br /> more about Roxanne Faber Savage <a href="http://www.roxanneprints.com/">http://www.roxanneprints.com/</a><br /> more about DaSilva Gallery here<br /> <a href="http://dasilva-gallery.com/">http://dasilva-gallery.com/</a><br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> http://archives.wpkn.org/http://archives.wpkn.org/bookmarks/listen/125996 Sat, 26 Sep 2015 11:00:00 GMT