Recent Work by Claire Arctander
& The Nightingale’s 8th Birthday Party
Join us as we celebrate the Nightingale’s 8th year in existence with the video work of one of Chicago’s best party-makers, Claire Arctander. Along with the screening, our birthday will also include an introduction to the new class of Nightingale programmers, cake, free beers, Nightingale-themed raffle gifts, and a dance party with our friends and loved ones.
Working across multiple mediums, Arctander joyfully articulates conflicted feminist notions of desire and desirability. Via an investment in and respectful treatment of abject materials and low-brow media outlets- like pop music, home decor, porn, internet phenomena, edibles and consumer ephemera- she posits debasement as a viable position from which to critically operate. In this screening, we are delighted to premiere a new work by Arctander entitled Why Have There Been No Great Women Magicians?
One strain of Arctander’s moving image work can be housed squarely in performative video. Completing endurance tasks with exuberance and in colorful environments Arctander supplants performance art’s often dark tone with her own blithe and lavish presence. Using a sustained eye contact with the camera, she creates a dynamic awareness of looking and being looked at. Her femme beauty and generous gaze often suffuse the frame, creating an affective illusion of the work happening in the present moment. The usual relationship to watching women onscreen is at once indulged and changed – the audience’s innate desire to be seen answered with confidence and playfulness. -CA & CL
Please Please Don’t (2012, digital file, 8:25)
Feeding Time (2014, digital file, 2:30)
The Right to Piss in Different Colors, Part 2: Tributes
(2014, digital file, 9:20)
Bloom Where You Are Planted (2013,digital file, 1:43)
Everything She Wants (2011, digital file, 9:31)
Three Scenes from Last Summer (2014, digital file, 3:43)
by Claire Arctander, Rami George & Latham Zearfoss
Why Have There Been No Great Women Magicians?
(2016, digital file, 10:00)
Claire Arctander earned a BA in Art Theory and Practice and Gender Studies from Northwestern University and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently works in the Education Department at the Museum of Contrmporary Art Chicago. She has taught art classes for UIC and the City Colleges of Chicago. In the past she has been a resident at The Cooper Union, Summer Forum, ACRE and Ox-Bow Upcoming Shows include a one-person show at The Nightingale in Chicago, a group show at Weinberg Newton Gallery in Chicago and a group screening at the Mini in Cincinnati. Her practice also encompasses a social-political impulse to bring together and celebrate feminist makers. Arctander often curates and hosts events that showcase others’ work, most often through Crimson Glow, a feminist dance party and performance showcase project created with her often-collaborator Latham Zearfoss.
Programmed by Christy LeMaster
Filed under: BIRTHDAY PARTY, experimental, feminism, performance, queer, Uncategorized, video