ArtServe Celebrates Women’s History Month with Presentation of (DIS)OBEDIENT: Redefining Feminism in a Fractured Reality
“The 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment serves as an inspiration for our artistic exploration of contemporary perspectives and movements in women’s rights,” said ArtServe’s Executive Director, Craig W. Johnson. “This historic centennial is an exceptional opportunity to honor a milestone of our democracy and to explore its relevance in today’s continued fight for equal rights.”
Curated by ArtServe Chief Curator Sophie Bonet and multidisciplinary artist and activist Carol-Anne McFarlane, (DIS)OBEDIENT explores the issue of gender inequality through visual and performing arts. (DIS)OBEDIENT offers commentary on topics ranging from wage disparities and exploitative advertising to underrepresentation in the art world and more.
Participating artists include VantaBlack , Lisa Rockford, Linda Behar, Sibel Kocabasi, Lori Pratico, Sonia Baez-Hernandez and Khaulah Naima Nuruddin, among others.
The exhibition will also feature video components by filmmaker Robert Adanto including the screening of his film The F Word on Saturday, March 21st, 6:30pm-8:30pm.
Additional components of ArtServe’s programming for DIS)OBEDIENT is a collection of 108 photographs by the Unleashed Project, presented in collaboration with interdisciplinary artist Melissa Vlahos, who will be guiding Unleashed Alchemy on March 12 - a workshop that combines therapeutic art and somatic elements.
“We are living in a time where we must be actively accepting, antiracist and anti-sexist, both internally and externally. We must actively make spaces safe for others and encourage the sharing of perspectives and experiences that are different from our own,” said McFarlane. “The artwork in this exhibition is in direct dialogue with the sociopolitical structures that support division, simplification and erasure. These artists are confronting controlling images and stereotypes, binary reductions, erasure, socio-political challenges brought on by systemic inequality and injustice.”
Activations and experiences scheduled throughout the exhibition include:
(DIS)OBEDIENT: Redefining Feminism in a Fractured Reality Opening Reception
Thursday, March 5 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Join ArtServe as it kicks off (DIS)OBEDIENT: Redefining Feminism in a Fractured Reality with an opening reception on March 5. Explore the artistic representation of women in history and today, connect with South Florida’s leading female artists, experience a positive creative platform where self-identified female artists showcase significant works and join the discussion of ideas around gender, sexuality and culture.
#Trending Tuesday: Live Music by Amy Carol Webb
Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30pm.
For March’s #TrendingTuesday, ArtServe presents a special performance by Amy Carol Webb, the sole songwriter among noted philanthropists, activists and cultural visionaries. Named one of South Florida’s “Ten Best Folk Singers of All Time,” an "act to watch" by Billboard magazine and "one to watch in the next millennium" by the Miami Herald, Amy Carol Webb is passionate and poignant, the girl next door and no ordinary woman. To attend, register at Eventbrite.
Unleashed Alchemy Workshop
Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Presented in partnership with Melissa Vlahos, founder of The Unleashed Project, Unleashed Alchemy is a self-love, body-positive art experience. Unleashed Alchemy combines therapeutic art and somatic elements by understanding, identifying and embodying emotions as energetic feelings, sounds or colors in the body. Participants can enliven this relational experience by using self-applied body paint as a tangible means of expression.
In this workshop, guests will learn methods to increase awareness of one’s inner landscape. The workshop will provide tactics to help reduce stress and tension, reset the autonomic nervous system, create a health dialogue with one’s inner critic, feel the vibration of sound to assist the clearing and balancing of emotions, and access better sleep and happier, healthier states of being with less anxiety. The workshop will conclude with an alchemizing sound bath.
Unleased Alchemy is a by-donation workshop open to individuals ages 13 and up. No yoga or dance experience is necessary. There will be no nudity in this workshop. To make a donation and reserve a spot, visit Eventbrite.
Thou Art Woman’s (MIS)BEHAVE Exhibition and Reception
Friday, March 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.
A collaborative effort with ArtServe’s (DIS)OBEDIENT exhibition, (MIS)BEHAVE: Lesbian Folklore & More explores the representation of lesbians in society and how those representations have been revered, reclaimed, rejected and redefined. The exhibition delves into how gender expression, gender presentation and lesbian sexuality have been used a means of creating circles of identity and acceptance in today’s landscape. (MIS)BEHAVE is organized by G. Wright Muir and features a musical performance by Kim Jay. Tickets are $10 per person if purchased by February 14. Tickets are $15 starting February 15. Visit Eventbrite for tickets and details.
Screening of “The F Word,” A Documentary Film By Robert Adanto
Saturday, March 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the (DIS)OBEDIENT exhibition, ArtServe will host a screening of “The F Word,” a documentary film by Robert Adanto that chronicles radical fourth wave feminist performances and features interviews with Narcissister, Ann Hirsch, Kate Durbin, Leah Schrager, Go! Push Pops and other influential feminist artists. The film also features Dr. Kathy Battista, director of contemporary art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York and author of “Re-negotiating the Body: Feminist Artists in 1970s London” as an onscreen expert. To reserve a spot for the screening, visit LINK. For questions, contact ArtServe at 954.462.8190 or email@example.com.
Admission to the ongoing visual art exhibition is free and does not include performances. ArtServe gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit artserve.org for details.
For more information about (DIS)OBEDIENT and ArtServe, visit www.artserve.org.
Fort Lauderdale-based ArtServe – one of the country’s first arts incubators – has a 30-year history of building Broward County communities through the arts. Each year its programs contribute tangibly to the region’s economy, help 2,000 artists sell their work and build businesses, and engage countless citizens who walk through the doors. ArtServe in 2020 will continue its transformation into a creative laboratory, a hub for experimental artists committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. ArtServe has won several awards for innovation in the arts. It is supported in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Florida’s Department of State and the Division of Cultural Affairs. www.artserve.org