with Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Wednesday, June 10, 7pm
(1986, David Seltzer)
EFA Project Space presents Chaperone
an eight-week summer event. This weekly series consists of films
handpicked by a group of artists, all whose work provocatively explores
disparate aspects of our culture's love affair with mediated reality.
EFA Project Space welcomes the artist Sara Greenberger Rafferty as our guest for
the first screening of the series. She has selected, Lucas (1986), as the film
to share with the audience:
"I have chosen the film Lucas as a chaperone to my
autobiography as much as to my actual work. I first saw Lucas on a
quasi-bootleg VHS, courtesy of my grandparent's Nebraskan cable
provider taped directly off of HBO - an amenity not yet offered in my
own Chicago suburb. I recall that Lucas was on the same tape (recorded
for maximum capacity but minimum quality in EP mode) as The Gods Must
Be Crazy, which I never watched in its entirety (its conceit was
completely impenetrable to a nine year old). Like so many films of my
youth, Lucas is the story of an underdog: a slight,
wise-and-voice-cracking dork. I suppose I identified with Lucas -
brainy, funny, strange, tiny (full disclosure: I was a tomboy and was
often referred to as "shrimp" or "greenbooger") - even as I was truly
in love with Cappy, the archetypical hot wide-receiver, played with a
dreamy vacancy by Charlie Sheen. I'm not sure if this movie holds up
after 20 years, but I do know that it has certain crucial ingredients
which continue to inform my life - both as an artist and beyond -
namely: football, humiliation, and testicles. "
-Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Born in Chicago, Sara Greenberger Rafferty currently lives
and works in Brooklyn. In recent years, and through a wide range of
mediums, including re-photography, video, and drawing Rafferty's work
has embraced and explored the role of the performer, escape artist,
comedian, and mental patient. Self-described as an "underwhelming
object maker," her sculptural work quite deftly employs the familiar
and incidental matte-black infrastructures of AV equipment yielding
stark minimal pieces brimming with pathos.
In early 2009, Rafferty had a solo exhibition at The *******, New
York. Another solo exhibition at Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York is
forthcoming this fall. In 2006, she had solo projects at Sandroni Rey
Gallery, Los Angeles and P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York. Her
Public Art Fund-commissioned sculpture, After Harry, will be on view at
MetroTech Center through September. Rafferty's work has been included
in recent group exhibitions including at Museum 52, Guild &
Greyshkul, Susan Inglett, Artist Space, Gagosian Gallery, and Klaus Von
Nichtssagend Gallery, all New York; the Portland Institute for
Contemporary Art, Oregon; and ARTSPACE, Auckland, New Zealand.
EFA Project Space is located at 323 West 39 Street, 2nd Floor.
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To see complete description and schedule for the Chaperone
series, please visit http://efa1.org/2009/05/15/chaperone/
Sponsorship provided by Magic Hat Brewing Co.
>From June 10th through July 29th, 2009, EFA Project Space presents
Chaperone. This weekly series consists of films handpicked by a group of artists,
all whose work provocatively
explores disparate aspects of our culture's love affair with mediated reality.
The participating artists are:
Alex Bag, Beth Campbell, Ian Cooper, Anna Craycroft, Amy Granat, k8 Hardy, Kalup
Linzy, Sara Greenberger Rafferty.
Each artist has been asked to share a film he or she finds curious,
masterful, or compelling. Through live introductions and an accompanying
publication, the artists present their "take" on these
selected cinematic works, giving greater insight and dimension to our understanding
of their own distinct creative processes. Whether it be
a classic, a blockbuster, a musical, a slasher, or an art-house indie,
the audience will experience each film through the watchful eyes of the
eight dutiful 'chaperones'.
Organized by Ian Cooper and Michelle Levy
EFA Project Space is a Program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts.
creative process is essential to shaping society. EFA is dedicated to
providing artists across all disciplines with space, tools and a
cooperative forum for the development of individual practice. We are a
catalyst for cultural growth, stimulating new interactions between
artists, creative communities, and the public.
EFA Project Space, a multi-disciplinary contemporary art venue, encourages creative
expression and new interactions in the arts. By collaborating with
organizations and individuals to present a variety of programs
including exhibitions, performances, screenings, workshops, and
conversations, we aim to generate an ongoing dialogue about the
EFA Project Spaceis supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department
of Cultural Affairs. Private funding for the Gallery has been received
from The Carnegie Corporation Inc.
June 10 - July, 2009
(Wednesdays at 7 pm):
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
(David Seltzer, 1986)
June 18 (THURSDAY):
(Nicholas Goossen, 2006)
The Century of the Self,Ep.1 & 3
(Adam Curtis, 2002)
(Wes Craven, 2000)
Venom and Eternity
(Jean Isidore Isou, 1951)
(Ulrike Ottinger ,1981)
(Jon Waters, 1977)
(Ken Russell, 1980)
EFA Project Space
323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018
btw 8th and 9th Ave.
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Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop
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