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Apr 13, 2021
The Wex is excited to partner with our friends at WOSU Public Media on Always Subject to Change, a new web series debuting Tuesday, December 15 at 11 AM.
Co-hosted by visual artist Ann Hamilton and Wex Executive Director Johanna Burton, Always Subject to Change is a series of conversations with artists, thinkers, and creators asking such questions as: What does artistic practice look like in an unprecedented era of the public health crises of racism and a pandemic? How do artists and creative thinkers move forward with their work when every day is subject to change? How can artists and institutions play a role in this evolution?
On this first episode, Hamilton and Burton lay the groundwork for the series. Future episodes will feature such guests as Anne Bogart, Bebe Miller, Deana Haggag, Kristy Edmunds, Ann Carlson, and Carmen Winant.
Check in Tuesdays at 11 AM for new episodes.
Dancer, choreographer, and director Bebe Miller is a past Wex Residency Artist and longtime Wexner Center friend and collaborator. Her extraordinary, award-winning career continues to find new avenues of expression and creation. Viewing the moving human body as a record of thought, experience, and beauty, she creates vivid and dynamic cross-disciplinary work that continues to break new ground as her company approaches its 35th year of existence. In this conversation, she talks about her practice, work, and process in this era unprecedented upheaval and change.
Deana Haggag is the President and CEO of United States Artists, a national arts funding organization doing the crucial work of providing direct, unrestricted support and funding to artists and cultural practitioners in a variety of fields, including film, design, dance, theater, and more. In this episode, Deana discusses why this work continues to be as urgent, essential, and imperiled as ever. How does the crucial work of United States Artists take shape in the face of the dual crises of the pandemic and systemic racism and oppression?
Anne Bogart, the co-director of SITI Company, and Ann Hamilton are longtime friends and collaborators (and past Wex Residency Artists). This lively conversation speaks to that meaningful and lengthy partnership as they talk work and process (and the title of this show) in this free-flowing, but focused, conversation about creation and collaboration. Think of it as eavesdropping on two path pushing, boundary-less artists as they talk shop.
Ann’s work borrows from dance, performance, and theater, along with visual, conceptual, and social art practices. Socially engaged and endlessly curious, Ann addresses bias and boundary, stereotypes and their accompanying cultural challenges all to create a body of work that is deeply rewarding and barrier breaking.
Artist and writer Carmen Winant is the Roy Lichtenstein Chair of Studio Art in Ohio State University’s Department of Art. Her extraordinary work engaged critically and compellingly across a variety of practices and form and has been featured at a number of venues, including MOMA and the Wexner Center for the Arts. Her recent books—My Birth and Notes on Fundamental Joy—are powerful works focused on the ways in which photography and images can be used to address feminist narratives and representation of women.
The Executive and Artistic Director of UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, Kristy Edmunds is known for innovative approaches to the presentation of the performing arts. She’s created unique platforms and offered unwavering support to artists across disciplines, establishing an unparalleled creative environment. On this episode she discusses that work and the ongoing challenges of creative practice in these tumultuous times.
An acclaimed musician, composer, educator, and activist, Dr. Mark Lomax, II’s work specializes in the sociopolitical and spiritual aspects of African American art and music and utilizing his work and the arts more broadly to build community. His monumental 12-album cycle 400: An Afrikan Epic was released to great acclaim in 2019 and continues to reverberate to this day. In this episode (recorded shortly before the violent insurrection on the nation’s capital), he discusses his work and approach and how the arts can be used to ask crucial questions and offer possible avenues for cultural transformation.
On this special episode of Always Subject to Change, Ann Hamilton and Johanna Burton turn the show over to past guest Anne Bogart for a conversation with actress Debra Winger. Bogart and Winger are longtime friends, and this dialogue with Winger, a three-time Academy Award nominee, touches on that friendship as well as working during a pandemic, forging one’s path in a life of artmaking, and the concept of “satz.” Winger can currently be seen in Miranda July’s latest film, Kajillionaire, now streaming on most major services.
Suzanne Bocanegra and David Lang may work in different media—Suzanne’s a visual artist, Lang, a compser—but both create memorable, thoughtful work marked by its endless creativity and inventive nature. Bocanegra recently received the 2020 Robert Rauschenberg award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a 2020 Guggenheim. Lang is a Pulitzer Prize winning composer and has had a prolific career, including serving as co-founder of the Bang on a Can All Stars and a recently premiered opera with the New York Philharmonic.
The inimitable Sharon Udoh is a dynamic performer, composer, and writer. Whether solo or with Counterfeit Madison, her performances are genre spanning, magnetic, dangerous, and kind. In this wide-ranging conversation with Ann Hamilton and Johanna Burton, Udoh discusses her work, teaching, and music.
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