(11.5) How nice it is to finally change the topic and cleanse the mental palate. Head over to Granoff for an artist talk by Candice Breitz presented in conjunction with “She: Picturing women at the turn of 21st century.”
Born in Johannesburg and based in Berlin, Candice Breitz is a multimedia artist whose work addresses issues of representation at play in films and popular culture. Breitz’s Mother (2005) is installed in the Cohen Gallery of the Perry and Marty Granoff Center as part of SHE. The six-channel video installation of chopped, edited, and looped clips features iconic Hollywood actresses in memorable roles relating to motherhood and femininity. The cast consists of Faye Dunaway, Diane Keaton, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Meryl Streep appropriated from films such as Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), The Champ (1979), Mommie Dearest (1981), The Good Mother (1988), Postcards from the Edge (1990), and Stepmom (1998). Reconfiguring these short episodes, she presents a narrative of the exasperation, insecurity, and anxiety that these filmic women express about their maternal abilities.
Free and open to the public, 5:30pm, Wednesday, November 5, Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center, 154 Angell Street, (directions)