122 Conversations, Tweed Museum of Art & Duluth Sister Cities traveling exhibition, Thunder Bay, Canada; Petrozavodsk, Russia; Ohara-Isumi City, Japan; Växjo, Sweden; and Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan, 2015-2019
122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders is a cultural, social engagement collaboration by: Duluth Sister Cities International, Tweed Museum/School of Fine Art, University of Minnesota Duluth & Professional artist Anne Labovitz
The artwork in the exhibition represents six years of planning and creating and 60 Skype or in person interviews involving ten residents from each of the five sister cities, including the mayor of each city. The large scale paintings created by Labovitz in her studio are inspired by the spirited interview exchanges. Each of the artworks depict an interpretative vision of the conversations that include faces, words, and descriptions of the experiences that relate to the individuals involved.
Using lightweight, portable materials, the artwork is delivered or hand carried to the venue and assembled for exhibition. As customs and shipping requirements vary, the work is adapted to the individual venue site and thus provides each city with its unique exhibition. The pieces exemplify embracing cultural differences and methods of communication through its adaptability. Beginning in September 2015 and continuing through the beginning of 2019, each city will host a public viewing of the exhibition: Thunder Bay, Canada (September 10 – October 19, 2015); Växjö, Sweden (March 4 – April 2, 2017); Petrozavodsk, Russia (May 25 – June 17, 2017); Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan, (January 16 – March 30, 2017); Ohara Isumi-City, Japan (November 1 – 30, 2017); Duluth (September 25 – January 6, 2019).
Included with the exhibition are two oversized artist books of painted pages that will grow as the exhibition travels. New pages will be created collaboratively by visitors and the artist and added to the books.
Coinciding with each exhibition venue will be an artist led workshop for those of that city’s area artists and members of the public who wish to participate. Each participant will be invited to contribute to the exhibition by transforming their responses into art pieces that will, in turn, travel with the show as it progresses from each city onto its culminating venue at the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth.
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Space Bodies, The Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street, New York, January 10, 2016
Anne Labovitz performing Charging Talismans
SPACEBODIES is an exhibition of time-based and performance work on expanded definitions of ‘space’ and its affective (im)materiality.
Curated by Transart MFA candidate Andrea Spaziani
I AM MPLS, First Ave, Minneapolis, December 3, 2015
I AM MPLS! is a fashion/variety show that features local notables modeling looks from local boutiques—and a community-oriented message. Founded and produced by Sarah Edwards. View recap here and Anne Labovitz interview here.
Fourth Fest, Duluth, MN, July 3-5, 2015
Anne Labovitz hosted a public art project with over 500 members of the public, scribing all names into an artist book that will travel with 122 Conversations to the Duluth Sister Cities.
Conversant Portraits, Projecting the City, Northern Spark, Weisman Art Museum, June 14, 2014
Within an 8.5 hour window from sundown to sunrise, artist Anne Labovitz produced 4 large scale artworks exploring human connection and dialogue. Focused on an ongoing interest in the relationships between art, the public and social practice, Labovitz relied on face-to-face and virtual exchanges as source material for the 4’ by 4’ works, conversing with nearly 500 Northern Spark participants. Each participant became a part of the project, and in return received a small artwork in reciprocity.
The interactive portrait session incorporated projection, live stream and social media. Shale 1, 3, 4 and 5, collaborative videos using Anne’s imagery and Bill Gamble’s sound scape were projected onto the walls of the Target studio throughout the night at the Weisman Art Museum.
Thanks to Livebeats for making it live
Composite portraits through a multi-city, multi-country tour in collaboration with the Tweed Museum of Art and the Duluth Sister Cities International. Portraits of the inhabitant of each city will be created utilizing interviews being held through the use of Skype. Initial concepts include the traveling exhibition as a multi-media/online experience exploring the people of each city, commenting on how humans relate to each other and exploring through connecting the cross-cultural similarities and differences. The process, however, is open-ended and will be responsive to the interactions and engagement of the participants. This project reflects a new and exciting direction for my practice.
I Know You public collaborative drawing, Visiting Artist, Walker Free First Saturday, Cargill Lounge, Summer 2014
Find out how today’s artists approach the art of portraiture. Take a seat and get your portrait drawn by a local artist or stop by to observe their methods and techniques. Anne Labovitz and Robin Schwartzman, 11 am–1 pm Mark Fisher and Tracie Thompson, 1–3 pm
First Friday Films: Anne Labovitz and Bill Gamble, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Friday, Feb 1, 2013, 7-8 p.m.
Anne and Bill Gamble created two short films focused on the magic of paint, color and their interaction with each other and the observer. Anne created the visuals, Bill composed and played the sound scape: the result is an enchanting journey that at times combines micro-and macrocosmic forms suggesting that science and wonder are the same thing.
St. Paul Art Crawl Launch Party, Identities & Passions, public project at Minnesota Museum of American Art, Friday, Oct 12, 2012, 7-10 p.m.
Who are you and what’s your passion? St. Paul artist Anne Labovitz invites visitors to explore this question in an interactive art experience.