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Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Shoshanna Weinberger’s work relates to her Caribbean-American background and draws strongly on the complexity of heritage and assumed norms as she goes about defining the female archetype. Referencing herself among a sea of antiquated stereotypes, adolescent memory and current subjects as a source, Weinberger renders her female muses as excessive and sexualized; some passive and others dominant; questioning the notions of beauty. Weinberger will cover the visual interests and explorations that inspire her studio practice, how the work relates to the complexity of her Caribbean-American background and the assumed norms that go about defining the modern female archetype. Referencing numerous stereotypes, adolescent memory and current cultural subjects as a source, Weinberger will examine questions on the notions and politics of beauty.
A leading scholar of Chinese are and a specialist in Chinese ink painting, Ping Foong is the Folster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum.
Printmaker and multimedia artist Kathy Aoki lives and works in the Silicon Valley where she is an associate professor of studio art at Santa Clara University. Her work can be found in major collections across the U.S., including the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Harvard University Art Museums. She received an MFA in printmaking at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and is a recipient of several fellowships, including Frans Masereel Centrum, Val Paraiso, Djerassi, and Headlands Center for the Arts.
Artist and activist Cannupa Hanska Luger is a native of North Dakota who was born on the Standing Rock Reservation. Luger creates socially conscious work, interweaving his identity as an American Indian with global issues. Of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian and Norwegian descent, Luger's unique, ceramic-centric, multidisciplinary artwork tells provocative stories of complex indigenous identities coming up against 21st century imperatives, including mediation and destruction. Using his art as a catalyst, Luger invites the public to challenge expectations and misinterpretations imposed upon indigenous people by historical and contemporary colonial social structures. His talk is titled,"They Need Us More Than We Need Them."
"History doesn't laugh. Us is them. They are us. Love overrules." -Hank