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Modes of Relationship conversation

January 26 @ 5:00 pm

Hostile Terrain 94 explores and opens a conversation on the experiences of immgrants in the U.S. today, at MCLA's Gallery 51.
Photo by Kate Abbott

MCLA Arts & Culture (MAC) will host a panel conversation on “Modes of Relationship,” focused on art, race, nationality, and gender on January 26, 2023, with artist-in-residence Wang Chen and Mikayla Patton, artist-in-residence at The Studios at Mass MoCA. The talk will take place the MCLA Design Lab on 49 Main St., free and open to all.

The panelists will reflect on the contemporary art world that insists on the ideas of authenticity and identity in their work. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Eunice Uhm, Assistant Professor of art history and museum studies at MCLA.

“Modes of Relationship” question what it means to work as an artist with marginal identities and how identities inform artistic practices. The topics stem from the narrative Patrick Flores questions, “how can women’s art be deterred from reiterating the logic of objectification if it is to change it by reiterating its subjectivities?” Or Joan Kee’s question, “are affiliations of nation, race, and gender more important than those chosen by the artist or her work, even to the point where the latter is displaced by the former?”

Wang Chen is the 2022-2023 Benedetti Teaching artist-in-residence – a nine-month visiting fellowship offered through MAC and MCLA’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Chen has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Fotografiska Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, Roswell Museum, New Mexico, Lauren Powell Project, Los Angeles, The Immigrant Artist Biennial, NYC, Alfred University, and Crosstown Art Center in Memphis. Her work incorporates drawing, animation, sculpture, costumed performance, fabrication, sound engineering, and 3D game design to create highly fictional immersive dreamscapes within video installation.

Mikayla Patton is a mixed-media artist from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Her practice involves printmaking, paper making, beading, sculpture, and installation with an interest in the history, physicality, and symbolism of paper, sustainable methods, and paper-making through the combination of traditional and contemporary artistic methods. In 2022, Patton received the Artist in Business Leadership from First Peoples Fund, and LIFT: Early Career Support for Native Artists from Native Arts and Culture Foundation.

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Date:
January 26
Time:
5:00 pm
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Event Location

MCLA Gallery 51
51 Main St.
North Adams, MA
413-662-5320

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