October 31, 2008 – January 4, 2009
Land Matters series
Artists: Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan
Curator: Josephine Mills
Helen Christou Gallery
reception: Nov. 7, 4 – 6 pm
*November 17 – 21: tour-of-duty by Lesbian Rangers Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan including a Scintillating Slide show, Tuesday November 18,12:15 to 1:00, room W731.
*Public talk, “Piercing the Thin Skin of Normal: Art and Activism” by Dempsey and Millan, Tuesday November 18, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, SUB Ballroom A. Co-sponsored by the Women Scholars Speakers Series.
Feminist performance artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan talk about their artistic practice, specifically their use of humour to communicate radical politics to a wide and often unsuspecting audience. Illustrated with excerpts from their video and performance works, this duo’s presentation boldly asserts the power of laughter to change the world.
Reference features work by artists who use playful and performative strategies to address the social aspects of landscape through guidebooks, maps, tours, postcards and other forms of conveying official information about parks, historic sites and landmarks. The exhibition includes a one week tour-of-duty in Lethbridge by the Lesbian Rangers (Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan) as well as a selection of informative brochures and other documents from the archives of the Lesbian National Parks and Services. Part of the Land Matters series, Reference also includes work from the U of L Art Collection.