Women in the Arts: Angela Ellsworth Exhibit and Lecture

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Date(s) - 02/08/2018
6:30 pm
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Parotti Hall


Edwina and Charles Milner Women in the Arts Lecture
Angela Ellsworth: Between them

6:30 pm | Lecture Parotti Hall
7:30 pm | Solo Exhibition Opening  McCray Gallery

FREE event. Open to the public.


Angela Ellsworth is an interdisciplinary artist situated within the histories and strategies of feminist art, conceptual art, and performance art. Her work merges object making, drawing, installation, collaborative events, and participatory actions. Her practice creates a series of conditions that aim to challenge predetermined structures and allow for aleatoric actions to occur. Focusing on conceptual relationships to material, she traverses themes of the body, the quotidian, temporality, social space, and human engagement. Ellsworth is an Associate Professor in the School of Art at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and founder/ director of the Museum of Walking.

Between Them navigates the space between objects, images, and people investigating hidden qualities of domestic objects. Ellsworth transforms familiar materials such as paper napkins, cardboard boxes, books, and tea towels into extraordinary objects. All works are connected to Ellsworth’s Plural Wife Project focusing on women within the construct of polygamy and other homosocial communities. Exploring lineage of her own family structure as well as a feminist art lineage, Ellsworth uncovers gesture and the unspoken language of lineage. 

Ellsworth’s Mormon ancestors were some of the earliest people to pioneer the west. They were prophets and poets who spoke in tongues, lived within the construct of Mormon polygamy, and practiced mystical aspects of their faith. Ellsworth re-imagines a community of women with their own visionary and revelatory powers as they pioneer new personal histories.  

About the Image: Linda & Eliza—Tea towels with black yarn, 20″ x 20″ (each) 2006-2011

Western Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL)

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