Dara Greenwald: MFA Thesis Show

 

Dara Greenwald: MFA Thesis Show

51 3rd Street, Troy, NY 12180

March 14, 2007 6:00 PM - March 13, 2007

www.daragreenwald.com

Graduate student Dara Greenwald will present her MFA Thesis show from 6-8PM at 51 3rd Street, Troy, NY  12180.  Greenwald's presentation is part of a larger event -- the International Women's Day Art Show.  (See below.)

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Dara Greenwald is an interdisciplinary artist with an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago & a BA in Women's Studies from Oberlin College. She was part-time faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Film/Video/New Media department from 2003-2005 & worked as the Distribution Manager at the Video Data Bank from 1998 - 2005. She is currently pursuing an MFA at RPI in Electronic Arts.

Dara takes an experimental and socially engaged approach to art making & is interested in arts potential to contest dominant power and thinking in the hopes of contributing to the transformation of social relations. She is influenced by punk do-it-yourself culture and the anarchist values of mutual aid and non-hierarchical collective action. Combining this with the careerist individualism that official art, academics, and neo-liberal capitalism breed, she spends much of her time negotiating contradicting notions of "the good life."

Her single channel videos have screened widely at venues such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts/SF, Ocularis/NY, the Liverpool Bienniele/UK, Eyebeam/NY, Videolisboa/Portugal, the Aurora Picture Show/Houston, & the WORM/Holland. Her writing has appeared in Clamor, Gurl.com, the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, & Bad Subjects & her zine appeared in the Mobilivre traveling book exhibit 2004. She is a founding member of the tactical media group, Pink Bloque. Pink Bloque has appeared at many protests and in various press including the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, & on NPR. Dara has appeared as guest speaker at venues including University of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, 16Beaver Art Space/NY, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, & Undeniable Evidence/Montreal.

As a curator, she has presented programs at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Mess Hall/Chicago, Woodstock Center for Photography, Ann Arbor Film Festival, & Cinematexas. She has collaboratively organized large-scale experimental social convergences including Ladyfest Midwest, Version Festival, and Pilot TV Chicago.

 

The 8th of March International Women's Day Art Show

Contact: Boryana Rossa bori999@yahoo.com

Opening Party: Thursday, March 8th, 6-10 pm
Live Performances by C. Ryder Cooley, Sarah Paul & Chris Skinner, and Evolution Revolution!
At 51 3rd Street, Troy, NY

Wednesday March 14th 2007
6-8 pm with an artist talk by Dara Greenwald

Friday March 16th 2007
7pm Screening and The Hole Body Performance by Boryana Rossa

The 8th of March marks the international day of celebration for women's rights. International Women's Day has been celebrated on this date since 1917. This show highlights the work of over 20 local women artists and their collaborators. This happening/celebration/party/ show includes drawing, video, animation, performance, sculpture, bio-art, photography, installations, music, and more. Artists in the show include: Barbara Groves , Bettina Escauriza, Boryana Rossa, Branda Miller, Cat Mazza, C. Ryder Cooley, Caz McIntee, Daniela Kostova, Dara Greenwald, Evolution Revolution, Julia Christensen, Julia Reodica, Jung Yoon, Kathy High, Kyra Garrigue, Lin Bell, Liz Blum, Nao Bustamante, Nina Baldwin, Olivia Robinson, Seana Biondolillo, Sarah Paul & Chris Skinner, and Zulma Aguiar.

More Info on International Women's Day
In 1911, as a result of the decision taken at Copenhagen the previous year, International Women's Day was marked for the first time (19 March) in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million women and men attended rallies. In addition to the right to vote and to hold public office, they demanded the right to work, to vocational training and to an end to discrimination on the job.  Less than a week later, on 25 March, the tragic Triangle Fire in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working girls, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This event had a significant impact on labour legislation in the United States, and the working conditions leading up to the disaster were invoked during subsequent observances of International Women's Day.

In 1917, on the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for "bread and peace" in response to the death over 2 million Russian soldiers in war. Opposed by political leaders the women continued to strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. The date the women's strike commenced was Sunday 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia. This day on the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere was 8 March.
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