BY Beth Comery
(8.8) Matthew Lawrence and Jason Tranchida, editors of Headmaster Magazine, present ‘After School Special’ a night of performance and installation art. This unique event will showcase seven local artists, designers and performers who are creating collaborative new work. Be prepared for an evening of teen angst, moral dilemmas, and a celebration of all things extracurricular.
The evening’s events are inspired by the ABC After School Special, the series of television movies which ran for twenty-five seasons and featured teens in melodramatic situations centered around themes of divorce, alcohol, peer pressure, drugs, dating, and violence. From Paula Hunter’s autobiographical performance to Matthew Underwood’s abstract experiments with electricity and sound, the evening will take the concept of the After School Special both literally and metaphorically. Gloria Gardenburger, hostess of the night’s events, will look at self-image via a class portrait session in which subjects have no control over their identities. Josh Baptista will look at subtle forms of deviance, and Genevieve Cross will reappropriate specific after school specials into one narrative arc involving drugs, bad parenting, teen pregnancy, and obsessive friendship.
‘After School Special’ is a part of the RISD Museum’s Locally Made programming which focuses on artists who live and work in Rhode Island.
Free with museum admission, 6pm to 8pm, Thursday, August 8, Contemporary Art Gallery, RISD Museum (directions)