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Artist Lecture: Anita Groener

March 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In partnership with Northwest Arkansas Community College’s 2020 Spring Arts & Culture Festival, please join us for a lecture, titled “The Other” by Dutch-born, Irish artist Anita Groener. Groener’s works “Citizen”” and “Blink” are included in 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville”s current exhibition “Refuge.”
What is it to be human today? In her talk Anita Groener will touch on how we in our minds and through individual and collective behavior create ‘the other’ seen in light of the idea of ‘the narcissism of minor differences’. How does this perception define the world we live in today? The artist’s work explores the substance of trauma and loss rooted in these questions. Her work takes an anthropological view on how systems, networks and communities come about through human interaction. Focusing on specific current events, their archetypal and psychological resonances, the artist traces urgent connections between people driven from their homes through armed, political, economic or environmental conflict and her own life and family. The deliberately modest means of her work speaks to the fragility of life and society that refugee crises expose. Her art implicates herself and us, asking questions about the ethics of witnessing and aesthetic response.
About the Spring Arts & Culture Festival:
The Spring Arts & Culture Festival is an annual cross-campus, cross-disciplinary event at NWACC designed to encourage conversations about social issues, broaden understandings of culture, promote creativity and diversity, and to feature and promote the arts.
This year’s festival runs March 2-5, 2020 and the theme is 20/20 Vision–Examining perspectives of the self, the “other,” and the larger world. By highlighting diverse viewpoints through multidisciplinary lenses, we will explore what sharpens vision and what obscures it. We want to challenge attendees’ views on the senses and the arts as well as history, society, culture, politics, business, science, health, and more by asking them to examine biases, blind spots, and perspectives.
About the artist:
Born in The Netherlands and based in Dublin, Anita Groener is one of Ireland’s most distinguished artists, exhibiting her drawings, installations, films, and animations internationally. In 2005, she was elected a member of Aosdána, the prestigious official association of Ireland’s preeminent cultural producers. Until 2014 she was a professor at Technological University Dublin where she also served as the Head of Fine Art from 2004 to 2006. Her work has been exhibited at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; the Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam; RHA Gallery, Dublin; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; Witteveen Visual Art Centre, Amsterdam; Poggiali & Forconi Gallery, Florence; Rubicon Gallery, Dublin and Rubicon Projects, Brussels; Art on Paper, New York City; Riverside Museum, Beijing; Columbia Circle, Shanghai; Eugen Lendl Gallery, Graz; Art Miami, Miami; Volta Basel; Drawing Now, Paris; Point B | Williamsburg, New York City; PAN Amsterdam and DuPont Underground, Washington DC. Recent Artist in Residencies include The Josef & Anne Albers Foundation, Bethany, Connecticut; Point B, Williamsburg, NYC and Facebook EMEA Head office, Dublin, Ireland. Collections include The Irish Museum of Modern Art; The Arts Council of Ireland; the State Art Collection, Ireland; 21C Museum Hotels, USA; VU University Medical Centre, Amsterdam; DELA Insurance, The Netherlands; Sun Communities USA; The Law Library of Ireland; The National Drawing Collection of Ireland; AIB Bank; and ABN-AMRO Bank and private collections in the USA, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Belgium.


March 3, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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