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Bruce Conner was born 1933 in McPherson, Kansas, USA. He lived and was based in San Francisco, California and was a key part of the San Francisco Beat scene during the late 1950s. He became known for his assemblages (made between 1957–1964) crafted from an assortment of cast-off materials before gaining international admiration for his innovative avant-garde films, which he made under the influence of his friend and fellow American experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage (1933–2003). Like his assemblages, his films were collages, which he produced by splicing together found and new footage, a revolutionary method during that time. Conner passed away in 2008 at the age of 74. In 2016, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) organized his first comprehensive retrospective initially presented at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and travelled to SFMoMA and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain.
About the Speakers
Bruce Jenkins is Professor of Film, Video, New Media and Animation, Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to his appointment at SAIC, he was the Stanley Cavell Curator at the Harvard Film Archive and served many years as the Director of Film/Video at the Walker Art Center. Jenkins has written for arts journals including Artforum, Millennium Film Journal, and Mousse Magazine, major museum exhibition catalogues, and published books on Gordon Matta-Clark, Bruce Conner, and Hollis Frampton. Currently he is at work co-authoring the second volume of the catalogue raisonné for the films of Andy Warhol, published by Whitney Museum of Art and Yale University Press.
Diana Campbell Betancourt is the Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects and curator of Bruce Conner: Out of Body. Since April 2016, she has curated at the Outpost Prelude: Carlos Amorales, Nazareno: Quiapo Constellations by Pawel Althamer, High Noon at Cagayan Garden by Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan and the upcoming solo exhibition of Filipino artist Cian Dayrit. She is also working with a number of international artists including Rana Begum (Bangladesh), Cristina Lucas and Fernando Sanchez (Spain), Tatzu Nishi (Japan) and Eddie Peake (UK) among many others for their art residencies with BAP in Bagac, Bataan. In addition, she is concurrently the Artistic Director of Samdani Art Foundation and Chief
Ateneo Art Gallery presents ArtSpeak with Cian Dayrit on the 23rd of November, Thursday, 3:30 pm at Ateneo Art Gallery in Areté. Winner of the Ateneo Art Awards 2017 – Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art and recipient of the La Trobe Art Institute residency grant, Dayrit will speak to us about his art practice, and his winning works in the group show, Exposition held at the Lopez Museum and Library.
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About the artist
Cian Dayrit is an intermedia artist working with painting, sculpture, and installation. Straddling between fact and fiction, Dayrit’s works explore origins and histories, and their re-presentations in visual apparatuses, from the map, curiosity cabinet, and on to the museum. He received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from UP Diliman in 2011, where his final project titled Artefact X was awarded Most Outstanding Thesis. His recent solo exhibitions include Spectacles of the Third World at Tin-Aw Gallery (2015); Polycephalous at Art Informal (2014); and The Bla-Bla Archeological Complex at the UP Vargas Museum (2013). He participated in the group exhibition titled Exposition at the Lopez Memorial Museum in 2016. Dayrit won the Ateneo Art Awards 2017 – Fernando Zóbel Prizes for Visual Art and received the La Trobe Art Institute residency grant.
10 am and 2 pm*Both films will be shown during each time slot at the Manga Hokusai Manga exhibition space.
Ambeth R. Ocampo, historian and curator of #LUZ@90, will give a lecture on the show on 20 April 2017, Thursday at 3:30 pm. Featuring recent and early works, the exhibition is a celebration of the 90th birth anniversary of Arturo R. Luz, National Artist for Visual Arts. Selected works featured in the exhibition will form part of the Ambeth R. Ocampo bequest to the Ateneo de Manila University. Limited seats available. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Photo credit: Bahag)
ArtSpeak with featured artists in ‘Ligalig: Art in a Time of Turmoil’
23 March 2017, Thursday, 3:30 pm
On the panel for next week’s ArtSpeak are featured artists in ‘Ligalig: Art in a Time of Turmoil’. Virgilio Aviado, Edgar Talusan Fernandez, Jose Tence Ruiz and Pablo Baen Santos will engage us in conversation about their works in the show and art and its response to political unrest. We will also be joined by special guests, Pete Lacaba for a poetry reading and sharing of his experiences in now-defunct Arts Club in Ateneo and Lisa Ito of Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP).
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Ferran Barenbilt, Director of MACBA will speak about PEI, the Independent Studies program of their museum. The Independent Studies Program (PEI after its Spanish acronym) is a learning laboratory that that takes place inside and outside the museum institution, and whose main aim is to develop critical thought from the intersection of artistic practices, social sciences and political and institutional interventions.
Learn more about MACBA’s PEI on 14 February, Tuesday 5pm at Ateneo Art Gallery. This ArtSpeak is presented in cooperation with Embajada de España en Manila and Art Fair Philippines.