Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Free Visiting Artist Lectures in Portland

Portland’s Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) and Maine College of Art will serve as venues for a free lecture series in April with a whole host of free events.

Those interested can begin with a lecture by Charles Simonds, who will be at ICA on Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 pm.

Charles Simonds has created an entirely imaginary civilization, which he calls Little People, complete with its own history, belief system, and way of life. The people themselves are never seen; we know them only through the architecture they leave behind. Like Native Americans, whose architecture their structures resemble, the Little People’s lives are centered around nature and the land. Their buildings are made of clay, which comes from the earth, and other natural elements such as twigs, bones, or sand.

In evoking a past time, Simonds guides viewers to think about the present. The structures of the Little People are not intended as an escape from reality, but to encourage us to think about our society today: what we create, what we destroy, what we value, what we believe, and what we will leave behind as our ruins.

On Saturday, April 7 at 6:00pm, Lisi Raskin will be at Osher Hall in the Maine College of Art.

In 2005 Lisi Raskin spent an entire month looking for nuclear submarines in Scotland. Since then she has traveled to the Arctic Circle, former East German Atomic bunkers, and through the American west while researching remnants of the Cold War. Raskin has exhibited her artwork internationally at institutions including the Frankfurter Kunstverein, the Contemporary Art Center Vilnius, PS1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center, and the Blanton Museum of Art. Raskin has participated in the Athens, Istanbul, and Singapore Biennales and currently has a solo exhibition at Churner and Churner, in New York City.

This summer Lisi will have a major (mobile) installation as part of her solo exhibition for the ICA @ MECA.

For more details of these and other lectures, visit the Maine College of Art website today!

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