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Traction: Art Talk with Amy Franceschini

Amy Franceschini, Annual Harvest, 2014
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 7:00pm
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108
Presented by: 
Institute of the Arts and Sciences

Renowned artist Amy Franceschini works in a wide variety of media to question and challenge current social, cultural and environmental systems. Focusing on ecological issues, her projects are often site specific and reveal how local political ecologies are informed by globalization. Franceschini's solo and collaborative work have been exhibited internationally at ZKM, Whitney Museum of American Art, the New York Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. She is the recipient of the Artadia, Cultural Innovation, Eureka Fellowship, Creative Capital, Guggenheim Fellowship and SFMOMA SECA Awards.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Parking is available in the Performing Arts lot (pay at the pay station).​

For Traction, Franceschini will discuss her body of work, often made in collaboration with other artists, activists, researchers, and gardeners. In 1995, for instance. Amy founded Futurefarmers, a group of artists, researchers, designers, farmers, scientists, engineers, illustrators, people who know how to sew, cooks and bus drivers with a common interest in creating work that challenges current social, political and economic systems. She will then be joined in conversation by Professor of Art, Elisabeth Stephens.

Elizabeth Stephens is a performance artist, filmmaker, activist and educator. Her work explores themes of queerness, feminism, ecosexuality, and environmentalism. She is the founding director of the E.A.R.T.H. Lab which explores environmental art, research, theory and happenings in collaboration with her life partner and collaborator Annie Sprinkle. Stephens has exhibited visual art, created performance art pieces and screened films nationally and internationally for over 35 years. Most recently she and Annie Sprinkle were featured in dOCUMENTA 14.