Dec
21
Jan 11

Cafe Consciousness

Welcome to Cafe Consciousness!

Cafe Consciousness will aim to create an environment for learning and sharing within A.I.R. gallery’s art exhibit.  It will comprise of a series of art educational programs that will open up conversations on art, feminism, and life.  The programs will include Panel Discussions, Artist Talks, Workshops (for teens and women) and Family Guided Tours. Most of these events will require RSVPs (jm@jaymoorthy.com) and will close once it reaches a maximum number of participants. The below events will run from Dec 21, 2016 - Jan 11, 2017.


WORKSHOPS
Wednesdays from 3-5pm.
Dec 21, Dec 28, Jan 4, Jan 11

This workshop is free and will create a space for artistically inclined adult women to come together around shared goals of art making, exploration, experimentation, and community building. Workshop themes will range from spirituality to personal identity, the environment, and more. Please RSVP if you wish to partake in it. The event will close once it reaches a maximum number of participants. RSVP to Jayanthi Moorthy at jm@jaymoorthy.com.


ART WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS 
Wednesdays from 10-12pm
Dec 21, Dec 28, Jan 4, Jan 11

As part of A.I.R. Gallery's exhibit Cooperative Consciousness at the Kochi Biennale, we will be creating an environment for learning and sharing through a series of art educational programs that will open up conversations on art, feminism, and life. These workshops are free and will create a space for artistically inclined teens to come together around shared goals of art making, exploration, experimentation, and community building. Workshop themes will range from spirituality to personal identity, the environment, and more. Please RSVP if you wish to take part in this. The event will close once it reaches a maximum number of participants. RSVP to Jayanthi Moorthy at jm@jaymoorthy.com.


ARTIST TALKS
Fridays from 5-7pm
Dec 23, Dec 30, Jan 6

Saturday, Jan 7 from 10:30-12pm

Every week participating A.I.R. artists will talk about their art practice and open dialogues with the audience on aspects of feminism related to gender, race, identity, environment, etc. The goal is to have a cross-cultural exchange of ideas and for everyone to learn together or simply share experiences. The event is open to everyone to participate. No RSVPs required but please try to be here by 5 mins before the event starts. 


PANEL DISCUSSION
Saturday, Jan 7 from 4-6pm

Women run societies and what can we learn from them? The panel will explore about the importance of matriarchies and imagined utopias of women run societies, as existed at some time in the distant past or could be re-created in a possible future, and how the definitions of gendered power themselves might have shifted in relation to varying social and historical contexts.

Dec
16
2:00 pm14:00

Artist Talk

Meet the visiting artists from A.I.R and engage in a conversation with them as they do with you.

ARTISTS
Yvette Drury Dubinsky, artist, A.I.R. member
Jayanthi Moorthy, artist, A.I.R. member, Art Educator
Nancy Morrow, artist, A.I.R. member, Associate Professor of Art, Kansas State University

Dec
14
3:00 pm15:00

Panel Discussion

Essential or Essentialized?
The past, potential and current place of artist-run women artist’s cooperatives


In the 1970’s, energized by a groundswell of feminist activism, and fueled by Linda Nochlin’s fraught questioning of why there were great women artists, pioneering women’s cooperative galleries such as A.I.R. began to reshape the gallery landscape and culture. The idea that female “essence” could be contained in an exhibition space was paralleled by fears that women artists might be “ghettoized,” and that “cooperative,” as an alternative to “commercial,” meant a compromised standard. A conciliatory view held that women-only spaces were neither good or bad, but necessary in a still sexist world. Despite these galleries proven success in providing opportunities for women artists closed out of the male-dominated art world, and a sense of camaraderie in a competitive art world, many artists and critics still question their continued necessity in what many feel is a now a more inclusive art world. 

This panel will explore the reasons artists have and still choose to join womens cooperatives, the challenges involved in setting up and sustaining them, and the changing role they have played in the art world at large and the lives of artists. This panel will also explore the visibility and potentialities of women’s galleries in India.

MODERATOR
Kathryn Myers, artist, Professor of Art, The University of Connecticut

PANELISTS
Yvette Drury Dubinsky, artist, A.I.R. Gallery member
Margaret Lanzetta, artist, New York, New York, Fulbright Senior Global Flex Scholar
Pradosh Mishra, Professor of History of Art, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Fulbright Senior Scholar, United States
Jayanthi Moorthy, artist, A.I.R. Gallery member, Art Educator
Nancy Morrow, artist, A.I.R. member, Associate Professor of Art, Kansas State University
Sharmila Sagara, Professor of Visual Arts, Ahmedabad