Three dancers from the NMSU Kinesiology department along with a professional cellist acted as stand-ins for mothers and children wearing, dancing, and experimenting with Jessica Jackson Hutchins’s abstract clay sculptures during an improvisational performance. The dancers turned ceramic objects into wearable sculptures using their bodies to recreate the euphoria and pain that children and mothering brings to a mother’s body and creative life. | Photo courtesy NMSU
The New Mexico State University Art Museum has created a series of online Saturday programs in collaboration with artists and programming partners from “Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020,” in response to closing their doors for public health reasons due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The series will be fully online, utilizing different social media platforms and online apps. Many of these projects were developed from existing programs that were planned for the museum exhibition, including live performances, pre-recorded video, and experimental community programs led by artists in the community.
“It is our hope that a brief performance, a live reading, or an artist-led collaboration will inspire parents and all members of our community to experience this time in an alternative and positive way,” said Marisa Sage, director of the University Art Museum at NMSU.
“We are confident that art will continue to play a crucial and valuable role in times of crisis by providing compassionate and community-minded avenues for creative expression.”
“Little Labors,” a video performance by Jessica Jackson Hutchins, will be released online at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4 to kick off the online series. The performance, filmed at the University Art Museum on opening night, transforms Hutchins three sculptures, “Sap, Deviled Eggs and Red Wine, and Lascaux Reprise,” into a performance installation.
Three dancers from the NMSU Kinesiology department along with a professional cellist acted as stand-ins for mothers and children wearing, dancing, and experimenting with Hutchins’s abstract clay sculptures during an improvisational performance.
The dancers turned ceramic objects into wearable sculptures using their bodies to recreate the euphoria and pain that children and mothering brings to a mother’s body and creative life.
The following Saturday, the public is invited to participate in a live simultaneous video performance of, “Let’s Crash Together,” by Joey Fauerso on Zoom at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11. The crash happens at 1 p.m.
Inspired by the work, “You Destroy Every Special Thing I Make,” and in response to the instability of our current times, “Let’s Crash Together,” invites you to build something impermanent made from objects inside your home that can be knocked down. The idea is to express the collective frustration by crashing all the set-ups at the same time.
The crash will take place at 1 p.m. The meeting will be recorded and posted on the University Art Museum website.
Also beginning on Saturday, the public can participate in “Shelter in Place,” a collaborative photography project by Joey Fauerso. “Shelter in Place,” is a community-sourced collection of pillow forts and shelters built by confined families all over the world. Your ‘shelter’ will join a collection of images displayed digitally and ultimately in print form.
To participate, send pictures of your shelter, along with your “shelter builders,” where you live, and a title or material list if you wish, to firstname.lastname@example.org, from April 11 to May 11. Submissions will be posted on the University Art Museum Instagram (@nmsuartmuseum).
For more information about “ALONE/TOGETHER,” please visit the exhibit website.
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