2011 Santa Monica Artist Fellowship Talks - Lita Albuquerque, Rudy Perez, Lionel Popkin & Jody Zellen
Monday, April 16, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)
5:15-6:15pm Docents available to discuss the site
6:30-7:30pm Illustrated Talks and Q&A
Join painter and environmental installation artist Lita Albuquerque, choreographers Rudy Perez and Lionel Popkin, and new media artist Jody Zellen for an illustrated talk ranging from bodies in space to bits in the ether! The Santa Monica Artist Fellowship program offers five fellowships annually to individual artists to create new work and advance the public discourse about art and ideas in Santa Monica. Each year, Fellows present their work in a public forum for discussion. The five 2011 Fellows are Lita Albuquerque, Patrick Kennelly, Rudy Perez, Lionel Popkin, and Jody Zellen. Tonight, Albuquerque, Perez, Popkin and Zellen will show work and engage in a Q & A with the audience, moderated by Cultural Affairs Administrator Nathan Birnbaum.
Lita Albuquerque is an internationally renowned installation and environmental artist, painter and sculptor. Born in Santa Monica and raised in Tunisia and Paris, Albuquerque returned to California in the 1970s as part of the Light and Space movement, winning national attention for her epic, ephemeral pigment pieces at desert sites. She is currently working on Starfield, a public works proposal for the City of Paris. Albuquerque is the recipient of many awards including the Santa Monica Artist Fellowship, National Science Foundation Grant, the Cairo Biennale Prize, Arts International award, National Endowment for the Arts Art in Public Places Award (1983, 1984, 1990), a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Fellowship Grant and the esteemed Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Perugia, Italy. She was honored by MOCA in their 25th anniversary celebration and her work is featured in their anniversary catalogue and permanent collection. She is also a noted educator and has been on the core faculty of the Fine Art Graduate Program at Art Center College of Design for the last twenty years.
After studying with Martha Graham in the ’50s, Rudy Perez became entrenched in New York’s experimental Judson Dance Theater. It was that school, founded in 1962 by David Gordon, Trisha Brown and others, that defined the boundary-breaking “downtown” aesthetics that Perez has embedded in his DNA. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships, Irvine Fellowship in Dance and the Lester Horton Awards for Performance and Teaching. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the Otis Institute alongside ceramist Beatrice Wood. Countdown: Reflections on a Life in Dance, a documentary on Rudy Perez's life and work was premiered at MOCA and broadcast nationally on PBS.
Lionel Popkin’s dances are characterized by a blend of humor, sensuality, precision, wit, and raw physical power that The Village Voice says, “yields first to the senses” and then to “intimate adventures.” His work comes from a kinesthetic curiosity that places vibrant individuals within an imagistic or abstract landscape. Popkin has presented his choreography nationally and internationally at venues such as New York’s Danspace Project and Dance Theater Workshop, the Getty Museum, REDCAT, and Highways, Jacob’s Pillow, and Seattle’s On the Boards. Popkin danced in the companies of Trisha Brown, Terry Creach and Stephanie Skura and was Choreographer-In-Residence at Philadelphia’s Susan Hess Studio. He is a recipient of the Santa Monica Artist Fellowship, as well as grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, L. A. Department of Cultural Affairs, Danspace Project’s Commissioning Initiative, Jerome Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York State Music Fund, and the Durfee Foundation. Popkin served on the faculties of Bates College, London’s Laban Centre, Sarah Lawrence, Temple University and the University of Maryland, and is currently Assoc. Professor of Choreography and Performance at UCLA.
Jody Zellen is a Sana Monica based artist who works in many media simultaneously making interactive installations, internet art, drawings, photographs, public art, as well as artists' books that explore the urban environment and its representation. She employs media-generated representations as raw material for aesthetic and social investigations. Recent interactive installations include The Unemployed, a data visualization at Disseny Hub Museum (Barcelona, 2011), The Blackest Spot (Fringe Exhibitions, Los Angles, 2008), Trigger (Pace University, New York, 2005) and Disembodied Voices (Los Angles, 2004). Internet projects include "Spine Sonnet" (LACMA commission), "Lines of Life", and "Without A Trace,". Other internet art includes "Ghost City", begun in 1997, an ever-changing meditation on the urban environment, urbanfragments.net, allthenewsthatsfittoprint.net, talking-walls.com and disembodiedvoices.com. In addition to making works for the screen she has also created four permanent public art projects in Los Angeles. In 2011, she was awarded a Center for Cultural Innovation Artistic Innovation Grant to create an artwork for the iPhone, which is now available for free in the App Store.
The Santa Monica Artist Fellowship program was instituted in 2010 to acknowledge our community’s regard for creativity and innovation and recognize the excellence of Santa Monica-based artists. The program offers direct support to enable local artists to dedicate themselves to the creation of new work.
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