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Maurice Stevens and Lucille Toth

Distance/Climate/Access/Contact: A Four-Movement Conversation

Virtual Workshop

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A photo of Maurice Stevens and Lucille Toth. Maurice is on the right wearing glasses and and orange shirt. He stands in front of a brick wall. Lucille is on the right wearing glasses and standing in front of a blue background

Taking four themes inspired by the work and ideas in Climate Changing, Ohio State professors Maurice Stevens and Lucille Toth create a compelling space for conversation in this interactive virtual workshop.

Distance, climate, access, and contact are four key themes in Climate Changing. In this workshop, Stevens and Toth will create intersectional readings, using each theme as a node for interactive engagement, conversation, and reflection about embodied knowing. The workshop will be an exploration of how people can create and tap into interrelation, collective purpose, and the vibrancy of their aliveness in this moment of isolation and contestation.

With each theme there will be discussion that focuses on thinking, feeling, embodying, and reflecting inwardly. For the reflection component, attendees will be invited to explore their orientation to each theme with one practice (movement, drawing, writing, and finally, attendees’ choice). The final portion will use breakout rooms and allow people to choose a practice that amplifies themes of the conversation and what is alive in them at that moment as part of an invitation to feel a thing, to notice it, and to share it. Breakout room participants will be invited to discuss collective purpose and share contact info with their fellow members, should they desire, to encourage contact and connection after the workshop and sustain a new “pod” of relation.

Participants may want paper and a pen or pencil, any other art-making supplies, and a space to move. For questions, please contact education@wexarts.org.

Maurice Stevens wearing glasses and an orange shirt standing in front of a brick wall

Pictured: Maurice Stevens | Image courtesy of Maurice Stevens

A photo of Maurice Stevens and Lucille Toth. Maurice is on the right wearing glasses and and orange shirt. He stands in front of a brick wall. Lucille is on the right wearing glasses and standing in front of a blue background

Pictured: Lucille Toth | Image courtesy of Lucille Toth

An abstract drawing in black pen and gouache that includes a geometric form made up of a semicircle at the top, a trapezoid in the middle, and two equal sized triangles with lines running through them on the right and left sides of the trapezoid

Pictured: Torkwase Dyson, Closer #1 (Bird and Lava), 2020
Gouache and pen on paper 24 x 18 in.
Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery
[Image description: An abstract drawing in black pen and gouache that includes a geometric form made up of a semicircle at the top, a trapezoid in the middle, and two equal sized triangles with lines running through them on the right and left sides of the trapezoid.]

About the participants

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Maurice Stevens (they/them/theirs) is a professor in Ohio State’s Department of Comparative Studies. Stevens’s work focuses on individual and collective identity formation and memory, cultural performance and participatory leadership, critical trauma theory, and intersectionality. Stevens is committed to supporting transformative change at individual, community, institutional, and systemic scales.

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Lucille Toth (she/her/hers) is an assistant professor in Ohio State’s Department of French and Italian (Newark campus) and affiliated with Ohio State’s Department of Dance. Toth was trained in contemporary dance in France, and her research interests lie at the intersection of dance, literature, medical humanities, and gender and migration studies. She is artistic director of On Board(hers), an all-women dance project based on the testimonies of female immigrants. Started in Ohio, the project now also welcomes participants at the US/Mexico border as well as in France and Germany.

WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Mary and C. Robert Kidder
L Brands Foundation
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Bill and Sheila Lambert
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Huntington
Nationwide Foundation
Adam R. Flatto
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease
Arlene and Michael Weiss


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Axium Plastics
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Ohio State Energy Partners
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Lisa Barton
Nancy Kramer
Paramount Group, Inc.
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New England Development
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