March 19, 2016 @ 4:30 am - 8:30 pm PDT

Artists re-purpose film for baskets, reclaim burlesque

Gail Tremblay

Gail Tremblay

Artist, weaver, poet, cultural critic and First Nations elder, Gail Tremblay and interdisciplinary performing artist DawN Crandell, who works at the intersection of burlesque, dance, theater and poetry, are the visiting guest artists at Goddard’s MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts  spring residency in Port Townsend, Wash.

Both artists employ political savvy, humor, and pop culture reclamation to demonstrate, in radically different ways, how artists embody their values, literally putting their bodies into the craft and work of political protest and cultural resurgence.

Gail Tremblay’s basket sculptures made from found film footage bear titles that succinctly critique the industry’s misrepresentation of Native Americans: And Then There Is the Hollywood Indian Princess (2002) turns an educational film on sexually transmitted infections into cultural critique. The title, Mountain Men and Indians: A Hot and Prickly History (2009) is a story unto itself—making reference to the white settler colonization of the Southwest lands obscured by the romanticizing of the (white) wilderness hero.

Tremblay will be in residence for the week working with the MFA students to build an installation, entitled Shadow Magic: Collaborative Multimedia Installation, at Fort Worden.

She will talk about her work in “Evolution of an Artist: the Art of Gail Tremblay” on Saturday, March 19 at 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at Fort Worden in the Reading Room, Building 204. This talk is free and open to the public.

DawN Crandell in Performance

DawN Crandell in Performance

DawN Crandell’s performance, “Xenophobadelica,” blends poetry and burlesque, storytelling and movement to ask: “Not Black enough, Queer enough, sweet enough, sexy enough… all mixed up? What happens when you find hypocrisy in the heart of your community?”

A force in the neo-burlesque movement since 2007 when she co-founded Brown Girls Burlesque, DawN Crandell, aka Miss AuroraBoobRealis, celebrates black female sexuality as a political act, as a signifier of black female resistance to the marginalization of women.

Crandell holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College with a focus in performing arts, and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College (2006) with a focus on 20th Century Black Radical Artists and the intersections of dance, poetry and theater.

“Xenophobadelica” is made possible by a partnership between the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Program at Goddard College and The Madrona Mind Body Institute.

The performance begins at 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 19th, at Madrona Mind Body Institute located at 310 Fort Worden Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368. This is free and open to the public.

Following the one-hour performance, there will be a reception for both artists.

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March 19, 2016
4:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Fort Worden, Reading Room
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