Rowan Renee Reception and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, May 23
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6:00–7:00 p.m. – Cocktail Reception for Rowan Renee
7:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion with Lois Braverman, Rowan Renee, and Mila Zuo
Join Aperture for a cocktail reception for Rowan Renee’s Bodies of Wood exhibition and a panel discussion focused on questioning cultural narratives of gender-based violence and victimhood, the complexities of reclaiming pleasures that are intrinsically connected to pain, and the repositioning of incest and other forms of childhood sexual abuse as a structural problem that occurs within the family institution. The goal is to open up avenues for personal and cultural healing through art-making by addressing individual experiences of trauma that are connected to social stigma and taboo.
Part of a weekend-long collaboration between Aperture, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and The Voices and Faces Project, presenting an intersectional approach to art-making and storytelling as vehicles to address gender-based violence and trauma, and to create social change. For further information, see here.
Rowan Renee is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work deals with gender, transgression, and the potential for violence under patriarchy. Renee has received awards from The Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation, The Rasmuson Foundation at the Anchorage Museum of Art, and the Jain Family Institute. Previous solo exhibitions include Z at Pioneer Works (2015)–a series of nude ambrotypes that complicate gender ambiguities and revise unrecorded queer histories–and Bodies of Wood (2016) at Peninsula Art Space. They have been profiled on NPR, in The New York Times, VICE, Guernica, Hyperallergic, among many other publications.
Lois Braverman (LCSW) is a highly regarded educator and clinician, and President and CEO of the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She is founding editor of the Journal of Feminist Family Therapy and author of Women, Feminism and Family Therapy (The Haworth Press, 1988). Her many publications and international presentations challenge the assumptions implicit in major schools of family therapy about women’s role in the family, in the workplace, and in the psychotherapeutic setting. She was the recipient of the 1994 American Family Therapy Academy’s “Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy Award” and the 2012 University of Iowa, College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Alumni Award.
Mila Zuo is an assistant professor of Film at Oregon State University. She received her PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA, and her research interests include affect, gender, and contemporary film. Her recent scholarship appears in Journal of Chinese Cinemas and Celebrity Studies journal, with forthcoming chapters in edited volumes on Asian cinemas. As a narrative filmmaker, Zuo examines the serious and violent consumption of gendered and racialized bodies. Her short film Carnal Orient (2016) was an official selection in a dozen international film festivals and has exhibited nationally and internationally in theaters, galleries, and university classes.
This program is made possible with the generous support of The Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.
Image: Rowan Renee, The room through eyes that see askew, 2016 © Rowan Renee