March 16, 2018 - May 20, 2018
Habitat is a multi-disciplinary village of artist environments that examines the cosmos, domesticity, and women’s roles in intimate spaces. Curated by Laura Marsh, visitors are immersed in a series of installations made by individual artists and collaboratives.
Inspired by an article written by Anne-Marie Slaughter, Why Women Still Can’t Have It All, RPM Project stands for artist collaborative of Rhonda Mitrani, Patricia Schnall Gutierrez, and Marina Font. RPM explores the ongoing conversation between women and what they contend with when they juggle their personal and professional lives. They render a dining table as blobby chairs and talking heads. Referencing artists like Carrie Mae Weems, who utilizes the kitchen table as a performative space, RPM focuses on the division of labor and pressure to pull off perfection in a fractured world.
Performance Happy Hour:
May 18, 5:30 -7 pm
Free for members
$7 for nonmembers, including lite bites and refreshments
Join us for our first Art and Culture Center performance happy hour, featuring appearances by Pip and Duane James Brant. As a social for the exhibitions Habitat, Origin, and Plush, it’s your opportunity to grab a cocktail and be immersed. We’re introducing experimental encounters in lieu of artist talks. Pip and Duane will humorously perform, Pet-o-ramma, inviting you to engage.
Pet-o-ramma is an interactive performance that references the 70’s provocative Austrian action artist, VALIE EXPORT. Waltraud Hollinger practiced out of Vienna and changed her name in reaction to male-dominated groups like the Vienna Actionists when she was just 28. Export was the name of a popular cigarette brand at the time, and the artist wanted to be free of both her father’s and ex-husband’s names. In Tap and Touch Cinema from 1968, Viennese viewers were invited to reach into a cardboard diorama attached to the artist’s chest. For Brant, as an artist, feminist, and professor, she combines the “ backyard food production rights movement with feminism.” She wears her native custom dress to connect with her own historical culture and the present day reality. Duane James Brant will perform in tandem.
After several performances of Pet-o-ramma, it bothered the couple that this piece seemed to be only about women. Men needed to be included. Thus a wooden pair of faux lederhosen was constructed. This piece has been presented at the Miami International Performance festival, curated by Charo Oquet. The artist’s couple has been making art and urban farming right here in Hollywood for over 30 years. Join us to celebrate artists who are changing the ways we can culturally connect.
Photo Caption: Pip Brant, 2012, Pet-o-ramma, dimensions variable, performance at the Miami International Performance festival
Artist duo Annie Blazejack + Geddes Levenson provide a participatory tent with bleached fabric, referencing the book Herland, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the author of The Yellow Wallpaper.
Eurydice, fiber artist and writer. covers the Immersive Gallery walls with embroidered contours of women who overlap and stare back at the viewer, averting the traditional male gaze in art history. Eurydice critiques how women’s bodies are used to represent passion, redemption, the spoils of war, and conquest to justify major events in history. In light of the #metoo movement, the artist challenges the societal imposition that women are taught to think of themselves as fractured objects.
Sri Prahba connects the cosmic with a meditative experience, encouraging the viewer to reflect on one’s own sense of space and self. His research across ecology, geology, spirituality, and science spans a range of mediums.
- Pip Brant
- Marina Font
- Patricia Schnall-Gutierrez
- Nick Mahshie
- Rhonda Mitrani
- Annie Blazejack + Geddes Levenson
- Karen Rifas
- RPM Projects
Habitat is funded in part by a grant from Funding Arts Broward.