Join us for performances by members of The Northwestern Art, Theory, and Practice MFA Class of 2020 presenting their thesis work, hosted by 6018North.
1:00pm – 2:00pm Short introductory remarks, followed by a screening of The Waves (50min), by Kayla Anderson
2:10pm – 2:25pm Poetry reading by Cindy Phenix
2:40pm – 3:25pm This is Heaven by Anya Smolnikova, Kellyn Jackson, Rebecca Janovic, Vova Kuperman, Arsen Mshaneckiy, Rada Olshansky, Anya Yermakova, Kate Ziebart, and Aram Atamian
3:30pm – 4:00pm Q & A
The Waves (2021, 50min) is a new video by Kayla Anderson, which developed out of a series of garments and structures, titled Faraday Wear, that shelter users from electromagnetic frequencies and microwave radiation produced by wireless internet technologies. The Waves follows the shared inner monologue of three characters (Kevin Talmer Whiteneir Jr, Dao Nguyen, and Anya Smolnikova) as they decide to cultivate sensitivity towards the world as a practice with a focus on forces deemed invisible. Together they explore the vulnerability of their own bodies and the world around them, passing along objects, gestures, and aphorisms.
Cindy Phenix will read three poems from a series that explores fragmented monsters, precious collections, and fluidity as a strategy. Cindy Phenix is a painter, sculptor, and writer whose work focuses on the relationship between the public and private spheres. She explores the various norms that govern them, the dynamics of their coexistence, the power relations they produce, and the emotions they trigger.
This is Heaven is a 45 minute dance piece showcasing the collaborative work of a Chicago covid dance pod, which came to be called “Heaven,” consisting of Kellyn Jackson, Rebecca Janovic, Vova Kuperman, Arsen Mshaneckiy, Rada Olshansky, Anya Smolnikova, Anya Yermakova and Kate Ziebart, with a guest appearance by Aram Atamian. The movement score for This is Heaven is based on the Underscore – an improvisational structure developed by Nancy Stark Smith, a Founder of Contact Improvisation. Nancy passed away in May of 2020 and this piece is dedicated to her.
Visit new work by Kayla Anderson, Jurrell Lewis, Cindy Phenix, Anya Smolnikova, and Lauren Wy in person Thursday 5-7 PM, Friday 1-7 PM, Saturday and Sunday 1-5 PM by RSVP.
ART, THEORY, PRACTICE, at Northwestern University is pleased to announce the 2020 thesis exhibition showcasing five members of its MFA degree program: Kayla Anderson, Jurrell Lewis, Cindy Phenix, Anya Smolnikova, and Lauren Wy.
The exhibition, “While We’re At It,” is hosted by 6018North, Chicago’s home for experimental arts and culture. To schedule an in-person viewing of the exhibition at 6018North, please RSVP on their website. For more information about the exhibition and associated events, please also consult the 6018North website.
To view the catalogue online, please download.