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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Wundergarten: Sa[l]vaging the Family Archive by Clarke Bedford and curated by Laura Roulet

Wundergarten: Sa[l]vaging the Family Archive by Clarke Bedford and curated by Laura Roulet
April 2 - May 29

PREVIEW RECEPTION: April 1, 2010, 7PM
Free food and refreshments
$10 admission. Free for IA&A members
Seating is limited. Please RSVP to events@artsandartists.org

Special preview and performance by "Professor Benjamin J. Dreadnought, PhD." in conjunction with Hillyer Art Space's upcoming exhibition by Clarke Bedford!

 Professor Benjamin J. Dreadnought, PhD., will attempt to contextualize the exhibition Wundergarten: Salvaging the Family Archive by Clarke Bedford with an illustrated lecture entitled:

From the Family of Man to All in the Family: Appropriation and Desecration in Ancestor Worship of the Post-War Period.

The lecture will focus on the present vogue for mythic genealogy, specifically dissecting the disturbing obsessions of the exhibiting artist to such personages as deceased robber-baron-era collector F. D. Kalley, celebrities William Tecumseh Sherman and the Venus of Willendorf, cutting-edge conceptual/minimalist artist Coleslaw Baklava and now a perfectly innocent, anonymous and extinct American family.  Professor Dreadnought will attempt to show that such substitute behavior closely resembles the procreation of certain species of jellyfish in which tissue residues develop asexually, and are more an approximation of sand shark embryonic cannibalism than they are true familial dynamics.

Professor Dreadnought is a lecturer in Marine Biology at the Freedom of Information Institute and adjunct Curator of Genealogy at the Hyattsville Hills Historical society. He will be presenting his lecture in the persona of Uncle Wiggly Ward.

Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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