Paul Mpagi Sepuya; Figure (0X5A0918), 2019; Archival pigment print; 75 x 50 inches; Edition 1 of 5; Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles; Photo: Jeff McLane.
Maria Antelman; Forever Rock, 2020; 60” monitor; Dimensions variable; Courtesy of the artist and Melanie Flood Projects, Portland, OR.

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts offers three new solo exhibitions opening in December featuring artists Maria Antelman, Joey Fauerso and Paul Mpagi Sepuya. The exhibit, curated together under the rubric of Intimate Actions, is centered on the theme of intimacy, representations of the body and its connections to space, surroundings and relationships.

Intimate Actions will first stream a virtual opening, on Thursday, December 10, from 8 to 9 p.m. at twitch.tv/bemiscenter and facebook.com/bemiscenter. Bemis Chief Curator and Director of Programs Rachel Adams will introduce each exhibition followed by a performance by musician and artist David Hurlin, as part of Fauerso’s exhibition, and a Q+A with the three artists. The exhibition may then be viewed in person beginning December 11 on a limited basis at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts through April 24, 2021.

Maria Antelman’s exhibit, Soft Interface, weaves personal photographs with imagery from the natural landscape, creating still photos and closed loop Gif’s. Antelman, a native of Greece and now based in New York, culls deeply from history while dually imagining the future.


Joey Fauerso; Genre Painting, 2020; Acrylic on canvas; 120 x 110 inches; Courtesy of the artist.

Joey Fauerso mines painting, sculpture, film and performance, weaving personal experiences with the current socio-political climate in  Inside the Spider’s Body. Fauerso’s graphic works, often informed by her personal experiences with breast cancer, lean heavily on humor and tragedy. Fauerso is an artist and professor in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University.

Cameras play a central role in Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s work, Drop Scene, often reflected back at the viewer. Unconventional portraits and other studio-based photographs explore the artist’s relationship with the camera, with sexuality, friendship and the space of the studio. Sepuya’s work is held in a number of major museum collections worldwide.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya; Figure (0X5A0918), 2019; Archival pigment print; 75 x 50 inches; Edition 1 of 5; Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles; Photo: Jeff McLane.

Bemis will stream free public programs to further explore the exhibitions. Adams and the exhibiting artists will participate in virtual conversations, in “Between Two Screens”; Fauerso on January 6, Sepuya on January 13, and Antelman on January 27, all 12:00–1:00 PM.

Additionally, streamed on February 11, March 18, and April 8, 6:00–8:00 PM, “Public Assembly” will include informal conversations, facilitated by community members, seeking to connect questions in the artwork with issues affecting Omaha’s social, political and artistic landscape.

Associated public programs will be hosted on Zoom. RSVP at bemiscenter.org. The exhibition may be viewed in person at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts through April 24, 2021. Reservations are requested. Walk-ins are welcome if space permits, and hours are limited; please see the website for days and times. Entry is free.

 


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