Artist's Reception: October 4, 2013, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Panel with Wendy Vogel: October 5, 2013, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
The Hagedorn Foundation Gallery is pleased to present Ready for My Close-Up, a group exhibition of four lens-based artists from Atlanta, New York, and San Francisco, working in photography, video and performance around the idea of the female and her cultural and social relationships. The exhibition title is taken from the exit line of Sunset Boulevard, a film which questions women's identity issues, the rehearsal of the self, the gaze of the viewer and the use of the theatrical to command attention.
In the last half-century, feminism and performativity have influenced contemporary photography more than any other cultural markers. These artists explore the arc of this trend. The West Coast’s Hannah Ireland and Annie Vought (Double Zero) create and document performances that deal with vulnerability and safety and the creation of the self through others. Their videos and large format still images - exuberant, costumed records of their performances - are a joyous celebration of women. Sziladi patrols the intense social spheres of New York City life, recombining images from multiple events and times in seamless panoramic statements full of the gaze and objects of the gaze: artworks that assert the new norm in which “appearance is performance." Atlantan Jill Frank investigates the idea of romance through interactive performance with established couples. Each pair acts out their fantasies of love and attachment in an outdoor setting.
At the gallery on October 5th, Wendy Vogel, Associate Editor of Modern Painters, will moderate a conversation with the exhibiting artists as they discuss how identity is “performed” in their works through gestures like masquerade, intimate exchanges between couples, posing for pictures and relative speech.
Hannah Ireland (born 1977) graduated from California College of the Arts in 2010 and St. John’s College in 2001. She lives and works in San Francisco. This year she is exhibiting in San Francisco and Berkeley.
Annie Vought (born 1977) graduated from Mills College in 2009, New College of California in 2003 and California College of the Arts in 1999. She lives and works in San Francisco.
Jill Frank (born 1978) graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 and Bard College in 2001. This year she is exhibiting in Atlanta and Lexington, KY.
Monika Sziladi (born 1974 in Budapest, Hungary) graduated from Yale University School of Art in 2010 and Universite Paris IV/Sorbonne, Paris, France in 1997. She lives and works in New York City. This year, she has had several exhibitions in New York and in Budapest. Her works are in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
For additional information please visit the Hagedorn Foundation Gallery website.