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Trans - Across, Beyond, Through (Panel Discussion)

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Asheville, NC 28801

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CCCD is pleased to announce the second annual Windgate Research and Collections Curator Lecture, Trans—Across, Beyond, Through.

Please join us for an evening dedicated to unpacking the powerful, and loaded, prefix trans-, defined as "across, beyond, and through." From nation-wide activism supporting the civil rights of transgender people, to the popularity of the show Transparent, trans- is having an "it" moment. Taking the current political and cultural energy as a jumping off point, this special panel presentation brings together three innovative creatives to discuss how their practices illustrate, leverage, or probe the meaning of the prefix trans-.

Jes Fan, Rachel Frank, and Kay Wells have studio and research practices that, on the surface, seem very different. Moderated by Windgate Research & Collections Curator Elissa Auther, this panel will form new connections between the artists as each responds to the question: "How does your work invoke trans-?"

About the Windgate Research and Collections Curator:
The Windgate Research & Collections Curator is a jointly appointed position demonstrating a significant partnership between CCCD, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), and the Bard Graduate Center (BGC) in New York City. This position serves to establish a new hub for expanded field of craft research in the United States. Funded by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, the post is intended to advance scholarly research and critical discourse in the fields of craft and design through research, exhibitions, publications, and public programming. In addition to serving on CCCD's Program Advisory Council, the Windgate Research & Collections Curator organizes an annual lecture series in Asheville, NC.

Elissa Auther is the Windgate Research and Collections Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan, and The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. She is the curator of the forthcoming exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design titled Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro, which examines the political and aesthetic objectives of the artist’s collage-paintings of the early 1970s and 1980s as an intervention in the hierarchy of art and craft.

Image courtesy of Rachel Frank from her current Rewilding project

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