Shana Moulton: CMU School of Art Lecture
The CMU School of Art Lecture series invites internationally-recognized artists, critics, and arts professionals from around the world to offer lectures each semester. Every Tuesday evening throughout February a variety of artists will be visiting. The next lecture will feature video and performance artist, Shana Moulton, on Tuesday, February 5th, at 5pm in Kresge Theater. She has exhibited or performed at The New Museum, SFMoMA, MoMA P.S.1, Performa 2009, The Kitchen, Electronic Arts Intermix, Art in General, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Palais De Tokyo in Paris, The Migros Museum in Zurich and the Times Museum in Guangzhou.
Shana’s work frequently involves a combination of video and performance elements. She often plays an alter ego, interacting with her installation environment with a mix of humor and social commentary. Her most recent work, Whispering Pines, is performed as an ongoing series, featuring “Cynthia” a hypochondriac housewife seeking self-fulfillment, happiness and reflection by trying out endless self-help books and New Age rituals. The accompanying video offers a surreal, mysterious environment as a back drop with a hypnotic affect. The performance highlights the central importance for Cynthia of the quest for self and its development, which is totally commercialized through the marketing of diverse lifestyles. Check out a video excerpt of Whispering Pines 10 below.
Learn more about the upcoming CMU School of Art Lecture Series HERE, also featuring video artists and filmmaker Charles Atlas on February 12th, Taiwanese performance artists Tehching Hsieh on February 19th, and sculptor Diana Al-Hadid on February 26th.