Embracing the FARB: Modes of Reenactment

Exhibition Dates:  November 15, 2012 - February 9, 2013
Opening Reception: November 15, 2012 5-8pm

Farb is a derogatory term used in the community of historical reenactment to describe the least authentic of reenactors - someone who is not concerned with or fails to achieve historical accuracy. Authenticity is an important and frequent topic of conversation in historical reenactment and a topic that artists in this exhibition also engage. In an artistic practice, however, farb is not such a dirty word. Embracing the Farb:  Modes of Reenactment explores how artists have impulses and motives similar to reenactors, yet in their work, embrace the entire continuum of authenticity. The exhibition seeks to expand our understanding of reenactment by compelling us to think about alternate, or related strategies that artists employ through elements such as setting and context, costume, play, archetypes, story, performance and history.  

Artists include: Lori Felker, Kirsten Leenaars, Heather MekkelsonSteve Nyktas, and  Jefferson Pinder.

Curated by: Julie Rudder.

February 7, 2013 7:15pm:
Artist Kirsten Leenaars will be presenting her performance: Homeland of Gestures - Annotations.  The lecture by Jenny Thompson has been canceled due to illness.

Exhibition Contact: Justin Witte. jwitte@colum.edu, 312-369-8177

Gallery Hours:  M, T, W, F:  9am to 5pm,  TH: 9am to 7pm, SAT: 12pm - 5pm

The gallery will be closed for the holidays December 22 - January 1st reopening the 2nd.

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Press and Reviews:

Hyperallergic Review 

Newcity review: Strategies Against History

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Embracing the Farb, $6.00

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