Artist Presentations: Angela Ellsworth

"Peripatetic Histories: A Navigation of Distance, Duration, and Topography through Contemporary Art"

Thursday April 21, 2016
4:30pm - 5:45pm
Weitz Cinema
Carleton College

1 North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057

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"There To Here"

Tuesday April 12, 2016
4:30pm - 5:45pm
Weitz Cinema
Carleton College

1 North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057

Artist Angela Ellsworth will talk about the Museum of Walking and her other projects related to walking as political and personal actions. 

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Artist Talk: Maria Whiteman

Tuesday March 22, 2016
5:30pm - 6:30pm
ASU Art Museum 
51 E. 10th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281

Join us for an evening with multidisciplinary artist Maria Whiteman as she her recent work and exhibition at the Museum of Walking, Temporal Changes in the Landscape. We will walk over to the Museum of Walking at the end of her talk for the opening reception of her new exhibition.

Maria Whiteman co-directed the 2012 (BRIC) Banff Research in Culture/ Documenta 13 research residency and participated in the Geoffrey Farmer Residency at the Banff Centre in 2012. Whiteman's “Mountain Pine Beetle and Roadside Kestrel” most recent video/photography work premiered at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival and Rice Media Centre, Houston, TX, Nov 2014. She has recently been selected as a recipient of the Visiting Scholar Lynette S. Autrey Fellowship 2015-2016 at Rice University. February of 2016, Videos and Photographs of "Polar Bear," Video "IntheAir" and Video "Pine Beetle," Butler College Studio 34, Curated by Eben Kirksey, Princeton University, NJ. and "Visitor"  Brooklyn Gallery, NY, (March-April 2016). March of 2016, "I loved you right up to the end" and "Touching" will be exhibited in the Urban Video Project “Between Species,” Curated by Anneka Herre at Syracuse University, New York.

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Artist Talk: Estrella Payton

Tuesday March 1, 2016
5:30pm - 6:30pm
ASU Art Museum 
51 E. 10th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281

Join us for an evening with Phoenix-based interdisciplinary artist Estrella Payton as she discusses her recent exhibition at the Museum of Walking, 2,219 Miles Makes All the Difference.

Payton is an observer of people, especially their interactions with each other in a space. Her interest in power and privilege, cultural conditioning, and systemic inequity combined with her lived experience as a Stateside Puerto Rican, drives her motivation to complicate physical spaces to reorient a viewer’s experience and perspective in institutional and organized environments.

Formally trained as a printmaker, her artwork also explores the use of building materials, constructed spaces, movement, unconventional drawing, collage, and place-centering experiences.

She earned a Master of Fine Art degree from Arizona State University in 2015 and a Bachelor of Fine Art from Kansas City Art Institute in 2007.

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Artist Talk: Ernesto Pujol

Thursday February 18, 2016
7pm - 8pm
Grant Street Studios
605 E Grant St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Join us for an evening with Ernesto Pujol as he presents Making Conscious Culture.

Ernesto Pujol discusses his performative walking as a public art practice that seeks to generate conscious culture, in terms of greater individual and collective consciousness of the complex webbing of life. Pujol will show a selection of images from past duration performance group projects in cities such as Chicago, Honolulu and Salt Lake. Pujol is a site-specific performance artist and social choreographer based in New York. He is the author of Sited Body, Public Visions: Silence, Walking & Stillness as Performance Practice, as well as numerous published essays. 

This event is organized in collaboration with ASU Art Museum and support from a Seed Grant from the Institute for Humanities Research at ASU. 

Etienne-Jules Marey, Chronophotographic Study: Walking (1884)

Etienne-Jules Marey, Chronophotographic Study: Walking (1884)

Scholar Talk: Judith Rodenbeck

Thursday January 21, 2016
5.30pm - 6.30pm
ASU Art Museum 
51 E. 10th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281

Join us for an evening with Judith Rodenbeck as she presents Bipedal Modernity

Judith Rodenbeck is an art historian and cultural critic specializing in intermedia of the 1950s and 1960s. Her talk examines moments in visual production from the 19th to the 21st centuries and how we understand embodiment. It begins with the invention of cinema and walks on the moon. The former allowed a biomechanical description of the act of walking, undertaken in the Paris studios of Etienne-Jules Marey, while the latter was the partial subject of one of the most haunting late 20th century art projects, Pierre Huyghe's Ann Lee Project. 

This event is organized in collaboration with ASU Art Museum and support from a Seed Grant from the Institute for Humanities Research at ASU. 

25th International Sculpture Conference: New Frontiers in Sculpture presents

Outwardly Mobile: Wanderlust and Physical Mobility in Contemporary Sculptural Practice

Friday November 6, 2015
10am - 11.15am
Arizona State University Tempe Campus 

A panel discussion with Angela Ellsworth, Steve Rossi and Richard Saxton. Moderated by Emily Puthoff

Bringing together artists who each incorporate aspects of wanderlust and physical mobility in their creative process, this panel will discuss the specific strategies and experiences of artists who situate their works in a nomadic context. Reacting against the historically permanent and monumental nature of sculpture, many artists are incorporating mobility into their practice as a way to actively engage a variety of populations. This physical mobility allows the artists to transgress economic and cultural barriers to forge new networks and insights along the way.

Angela Ellsworth is a multidisciplinary artist traversing disciplines of drawing, sculpture, installation, video, and performance. Her solo and collaborative work has taken in wide-ranging subjects such as physical fitness, endurance, illness, social ritual, and religious tradition. She is interested in art merging with everyday life and public and private experiences colliding in unexpected spaces. Her work has been reviewed in ArtUS, Art News, Fiber Arts, Frieze, and Performance Research. She has presented work at national and international institutions including the Getty Center (Los Angeles), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, Australia), Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland), National Review of Live Art (Glasgow, Scotland), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, CA), Crystal Bridges (Bentonville, Arkansas), Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver, CO), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Scottsdale, AZ), and Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ) to name a few. She is represented by Lisa Sette Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona and Fehily Contemporary in Melbourne, Australia. Angela holds an MFA from Rutgers University in painting and performance and a BA from Hampshire College in photography and painting. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Art within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and launched the Museum of Walking (MoW) in her office on the ASU campus in 2014.

Emily Puthoff's artwork is comprised of sculpture, installation, digital media, prints/drawings, performance/interventions, and artist books. Her work slips out the door to intervene and interact in a curious way. She has deployed a portable apparatus to elicit surrender, wandered with rolls of sod on her back through desert suburbs, mobilized a free-speech flat-pack (a pop-up protest kit). She is currently roving the country with a custom-built teardrop trailer to gather ideas about progress. While her work addresses social concerns, an element of humor in the work often disarms the viewer and allows for deeper engagement. Emily is also an Associate Professor of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she co-heads the Sculpture Program and collaborates to develop interdisciplinary and digital curriculum. She earned a Master of Fine Arts from Arizona State University in 2002 and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University in 1996. Currently, Emily lives and works in Kingston, NY.

Steve Rossi’s interdisciplinary practice incorporates sculpture, photography, performative actions and video, while drawing on economic and political situations. His body of work investigates personal and public conflicts and confusions related to individual identity verses collective identity in contemporary American culture. Through recontextualizing utilitarian objects and cultural source materials, he aims to question our familiar associations with everyday spaces, objects and varying forms of social organization - exploring ideas related to the hand-made and the mass-produced, the permanent and the ephemeral, and notions of shared experience in contemporary culture. Steve received his BFA from Pratt Institute in 2000 and his MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2006. His work has been exhibited at Dorsky Curatorial Projects, Eco Art Space, Open Engagement Conference at the Queens Museum, Bronx Art Space, the Wassaic Project, and the John Michael Kohler Art Center among others. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Art Department at Westchester Community College and the Instructional Support Technician in the Sculpture Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and now lives in Beacon, New York.

Richard Saxton is an artist, designer, and educator whose work focuses primarily on rural knowledge and landscape. His work is conceived through an interdisciplinary cultural framework, and can be contextualized through social and site-based art practice. Richard's work has been described as contemporary vernacular, non-heroic, and an art infused with rural experience without subscribing to any one genre or culture. Recent works and projects have appeared at The Santa Fe Art Institute, The Venice Biennale of Architecture, The Kalmar Konstmuseum in Sweden, Wormfarm Institute, The Australian Biennial, The Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and other institutions nationally and internationally. Richard is also the founder of the M12 Collective, an interdisciplinary group based in Colorado that create context-based art works, research projects, and education programs. M12 favors projects that are centered in rural areas and which can be developed through dialogical and collaborative approaches. Overall, his practice celebrates the value of often under-represented rural communities and their surrounding landscapes. 

Outwardly Mobile: Wanderlust and Physical Mobility in Contemporary Sculptural Practice is one component of the larger 25th International Sculpture Conference: New Frontiers in Sculpture being held from Wednesday November 4 to Saturday November 7 in Phoenix, Arizona. For more general information on the conference, a guide to travel and accommodation, full schedule of events and registration details click here

Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference 2015 presents

Desiring Lines: Women Walking as Making

Saturday October 31, 2015
1.30pm - 2.45pm
Memorial Union, Arizona State University Tempe Campus, 301 E. Orange Street, Tempe, AZ 85287

A collaborative interactive presentation by Adriene Jenik and Heather Lineberry, created in association with Angela Ellsworth.

As part of the Tenth Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, friends and collaborators Adriene Jenik and Heather Lineberry will invite conference participants to walk with them in a unique interactive experience.

For many years I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that color of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away. The color of that distance is the color of an emotion, the color of solitude and of desire, the color of three seen from here, the color of where you are not. And the color of where you can never go. For the blue is not in the place those miles away at the horizon, but in the atmospheric distance between you and the mountains.”

                                    - Rebecca Solnit  “A Field Guide to Getting Lost”


Walking is liminal. Walking is slow. Walking is line. Walking is time. Walking is longing. Walking often goes unnoticed. Walking and gathering were some of the first activities of women. When we walk on the earth, we are among the animals and the elements. Walking is our default human pace. 

Desire paths create lines that resist the already determined routes of our everyday. They are the paths in our built environment that emerge from collective use over time, as opposed to pathways and sidewalks that are planned and laid in concrete, asphalt and rock.

Adriene and Heather, will lead participants on a silent intentional walking procession through a thoughtfully chartered accessible route from the conference location through the Diane and Bruce Halle Skyspace Garden (designed by landscape architect Christy Ten Eyck) to Air Apparent the contemplative, intimate architectural environment created by public artist James Turrell, located on the North-West corner of the ASU Tempe Campus. 

Upon arrival the collective silence will be broken in order to share observations of this silent group walk, read reflections on walking, and share information about women artists who have used walking as a means to create political, poetic, and environmental works. Some of the artists discussed will include Eve Mosher, Mona Hatoum, Sophie Calle, Ingrid Pollard, Marina Abramovic, Janine Antoni, Janet Cardiff, and Jen Southern + Jen Hamilton. 

As arts practitioners and educators Adriene, Heather and Angela (individually and collectively) explore walking and its relationship to contemporary art practices as well as historic traditions. All three women are also involved with the Museum of Walking that was established on the ASU campus in 2014.

Desiring Lines: Women Walking as Making is one component of the larger Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference being held from Wednesday October 28 to Saturday October 31 at ASU. For more general information on the conference, a guide to visitor parking and transportation, full schedule of events and registration details click here.  


A Conversation...

Tuesday November 18, 2014
Talk 7pm-8 pm, Walk 8pm-9 pm

A Conversation with Kathryn Wood and Claudia La Rocco. Moderated by Angela Ellsworth.

Kathryn Wood, Claudia La Rocco, and Angela Ellsworth will discuss the possibilities of a meandering library system and an experiential archive designed for the Museum of Walking. After the talk we will walk "A" mountain.

Kathryn Wood (MLIS) is the librarian for the Museum of Walking. Kathryn mastered the art of walking sometime in 1970. A few years later, she quick-stepped through a degree in theatre from UC Irvine, and eventually meandered into a Masters of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. She has perambulated for over two decades in San Francisco, well-known for being a rewarding walking city.  She prefers urban landscapes to pastoral ones, and believes that the perfect walk ends with a good lunch and an excellent book.
Claudia La Rocco is a poet, critic and teacher whose work frequently revolves around interdisciplinary projects and performances. Recent collaborators include the performance company Findlay//Sandsmark, the composer Phillip Greenlief and The Bureau for the Future of Choreography. She contributes regularly to Artforum and The New York Times, runs and is a member of the Off the Park press.  She is the author of The Best Most Useless Dress (Badlands Unlimited, 2014) a selection of writings encompassing a decade's worth of poetry, essays, performance texts and reviews. La Rocco is currently guest teaching artist at Arizona State University’s School of Film, Dance and Theatre.

On view at Museum of Walking Tempe Site 1
Tower Center A, Suite 206
123 E. University, Tempe, Arizona, 85281