Through the lens of the historic record and art history, Ann Carlson and Mary Ellen Strom employ tactics of spectacle and humor to provide critical re-evaluations of cultural and historical narratives. Displayed as immersive projections or installations, their work simultaneously fuses video art’s tendencies towards the visually spectacular and its legacy as a tool for social change. Carlson and Strom examine the moving body within a range of ”landscapes”: the physical western vista, the economic terrain of late-capitalist America, and the artistic tradition of constructing these literal and ideological images.
With support from the UM Department of the History of Art, the UM Department of Dance, and MOCAD — Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
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