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Entering…Tent City

Ant Farm 1971

‘Entering…Tent City-The melting of architecture into film, art and life.’

Mark Shunney will lead a tour and lecture of the current exhibit-

‘Chip Lord: Public Spaces’

University of California Santa Cruz – Porter College

Sesnon Art Gallery – http://arts.ucsc.edu/sesnon/

Wednesday, March 2    5:00-6:45PM

The short presentation will cover the influences Shunney observes in Lord’s work and the relevance of this exhibition to current world events and contemporary art.

The program for the lecture is as follows:

The first part will expose a pattern and relationship seen in the international art and film community and the work of Ant Farm and Chip Lord.   The talk will compare a diverse grouping of artworks from the 1960’s to current day.  Some of the selected artists that will be discussed are Vito Acconci, Cindy Sherman, Adrian Piper, Martin Kippenberger, Chris Marker, Tino Sehgal, The Yes Men and Andy Warhol.

The last part of the lecture will look at current world events starting at the turn of the 21st century.  Beginning with Sept. 11, 2001 and leading into the recent events happening in 2011 with Egypt and the greater Middle East .  The past years are witness to large transformations and paradigm shifts.   Shunney will use this perspective to understand and look at Lord’s exhibition.  Concluding with a discussion on what public space and international travel means to the early 21st century observer and artist alike.

Mark Shunney is an artist, critic and curator.  In 2001 Mark opened and operated a contemporary art gallery in a storefront in D.U.M.B.O. Brooklyn, NY.   Since completing his graduate degree in sculpture in 1997 at RISD, Mark has maintained a studio focus in sculpture and installation art.  Starting in 1997 he maintained his studio in Brooklyn (DUMBO & Red Hook) and concluded in the South Bronx before moving it to the forest of Felton, California in 2005.

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