Saturday, January 26, 2019
888 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
An evening of open studios and special projects from artists at Mana. Featuring contributions from Mana’s New Media Program, plus the film forum Body + Camera 2019: The Un/Certain Body.
Food and drinks will accompany the evening's festivities.
Lacey McKinney: Portraits
A last chance to see an exhibition of works on paper by Lacey McKinney, presented by ArtLeadHER and curated by Mashonda Tifrere. McKinney uses paint to depict women’s faces, exploring embodiment, power structures, and perceptions of self and other.
ArtLeadHER is a platform dedicated to celebrating women in the art world and encouraging young women pursuing careers in the visual arts through events and education.
BSMT SCREENINGS AND INSTALLATIONS
5–10PM, Mana BSMT
HYSTERICAL AGGRESSION AND THE END OF THINGS
Two suites of films, the first confronting anxieties surrounding societal expectations of gender norms, the second navigating transition, loss, death, and decay
JILLIAN MAYER (FLORIDA), DAY OFF 1
Run time: 1 min., 56 sec.
Day Off is an ongoing series of videos in which our protagonists play what is assumed to be an immersive virtual reality video game; they are completely disconnected from and oblivious to the world of the viewer.
BENJAMIN BUXTON (ILLINOIS), ON THE RINK
Run time: 10 min., 2 sec.
The Rink in Southside Chicago has been home to a vibrant community of rollerskating enthusiasts for more than forty years. Benjamin Buxton’s portrait conveys their boundless energy.
ELIZABETH LEISTER (CALIFORNIA), ROCKHAVEN CREEPERS TRILOGY
Run time: 9 min., 52 sec.
Inspired by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s novel The Yellow Wallpaper (1932), Rockhaven Creepers uses 360-degree video to bring the viewer into the space of the abandoned Rockhaven Sanitarium. Each room is inhabited by a dancer, who uses movement to embody the various “nervous disorders” considered particular to women when the book first appeared.
ROSSINA BOSSIO (COLOMBIA), RUINS
Run time: 5 min., 42 sec.
A group of dancers moves through a surreal landscape of dust and stone. Through sound, movement, and magical atmosphere, Ruins unveils the beauty of chaos and celebrates the uncertainty of life.
CHAMECKILERNER (NEW YORK), SAMBA #2
Run time: 3 min., 4 sec.
Choreographers Rosane and Andrea subvert the cliché of the samba, using the tight-on-the-hips framing characteristic of mainstream Brazilian TV to create an unsettling “dance of the flesh” in which the material body becomes a disorienting landscape.
ERIKA ROUX (THE NETHERLANDS), PSYCHE AND CUPID
Run time: 5 min., 15 sec.
An attempt to recreate a detail of Antonio Canova’s marble sculpture Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss. Roux asks her father and his girlfriend to re-enact the image of Psyche offering her soul to love, but her aim is never satisfactorily achieved.
Photo: Installations by Mana’s New Media Program residents. Photo: Christine Wagner