Epicentro: Re Tracing the Plains, Venice, Italy

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Epicentro , 2011 Screenprint Installation 20x20x20 Feet ©
Epicentro: Re Tracing the Plains , 2011 Installation, Performance, And Printmaking ©
Offering, 2011 Small Give Away Prints As Print Offerings To The Architectural Spaces And Land, Venice, Italy ©
Once Wetland, 2011 Screenprint, Mixed Media 3x15 Feet © Emily Arthur Douglass
Receipt-Pitre, 2011 Intaglio © Ryan O’Malley
The Road to Perdition , 2010 Woodcut 4x6 Feet © Joseph Velasquez
Prairie Dog, 2011 Screenprint 4x5 Inches © Melanie Yazzie
Intaglio 5x210 Inches © John S. Hancock
Offering , 2011 Digital Projection In Venice, Italy ©
Pirntmaking, Relief Ryan O’Malley
Epicentro: Re Tracing the Plains, June 1, 2011 Print, Installation, Performance, And Printmaking ©
June 1st, 2011 - June 4th, 2011
Opening: June 1st, 2011 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

10 am to 5 pm daily
University of Wisconsin-Madison
installation mixed-media, live-art, printmaking, prints installation, graffiti/street-art, performance, conceptual, landscape, figurative, modern, sculpture

The print action "Epicentro: Re Tracing the Plains" featuring John Hitchcock in collaboration with the Dirty Printmakers of America Joseph Velasquez, Emily Arthur Douglass, Ryan O’Malley, John S. Hancock, and Melanie Yazzie, curated by Nancy Marie Mithlo will open on the occasion of La Biennale di Venezia 54th international arts exhibition from June 1st - 4th, 2011.

Opening reception: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. on June 1st, 2011.

The Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati, University of Ca' Foscari, Venice  Palazzo Cosulich, Zattere Dorsoduro, 1405 Venice, Italy • June 1st - 4th, 2011 MAP

Hitchcock uses the print medium with its long history of social and political commentary to explore relationships of community, land, and culture. The four-day multimedia installation Epicentro consists of prints and video that mediate the trauma of war and the fragility of life. Images of U.S. military weaponry are combined with mythological hybrid creatures from the Wichita Mountains of western Oklahoma to explore notions of assimilation and control. The tradition of making and gifting will be enacted during a print “give-away” with the arts collaborative The Dirty Printmakers of America. 

 The symposium Convergence on June 1st,  5pm – 7pm at the Casa del Cinema, Palazzo Mocenigo - San Stae 1990 30125 Venezia, addresses Hitchcock’s themes of exchange and traditional gifting in the context of fertile border zones where translations are never direct, but always fraught with multiple meanings. The history of Venice as a center of trade and cultural exchange mirrors the complexity of encounters in the American West –Hitchcock’s home. Leading artists and cultural theorists will explore indigenous perspectives on the meaning of gifting and collaboration through film presentations and discussions.

Presenters include: Nancy Marie Mithlo, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Art History and American Indian Studies Program University of Wisconsin-Madison, John Hitchcock/Hybrid Press, exhibiting artist and Professor of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Patsy Phillips, Director, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, a center of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Elisabetta Frasca, Researcher, The Luigi Pigorini National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography, Rome, Italy. 

The Dirty Printmakers of America: Joseph Velasquez, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Auburn University; Emily Arthur Douglass, Associate Professor, University of North Florida; Ryan O’Malley, Assistant Professor of Art, Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi; John S. Hancock, Professor of Art, University of Mary Hardin Baylor, Texas and Melanie Yazzie, Associate Professor, University of Colorado-Boulder, will present the States of the State: A Contemporary Survey of American Printmaking, a limited edition folio of prints from 120 artists from North America.

This event is made possible through the generous support of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, a center of the Institute of American Indian Arts, in collaboration with the Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati; Cà Foscari University, Venice, Casa del Cinema, Venice, Circuito Cinema Comunale, the City of Venice and Studio dal Ponte.

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