Join us on Friday, January 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. for an artist’s perspective on the exhibition Lifelike, a film screening, and more!
Schedule of events:
- 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Art Making Activity with NOMA
- 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Music by The Mumbles
- 6 p.m.: Lifelike: Artist Perspective with Maxx Sizeler
- 7 p.m.: Screening: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
About The Mumbles
THE MUMBLES are a New Orleans, LA based Avant-Soul Trio: a tiny band with a mighty sound. Using two keyboards, a drum kit, and a saxophone, they combine soul music with avant and old time jazz to create “pop songs in the key of partying down” (Time Out New York). Keysman Keith Burnstein and drummer Ethan Shorter met in the rhythm section of a 14 piece hip hop orchestra in New York City, soon striking out on their own in late 2006 to write tunes that would become Mumbles mainstays.
Their first full-length album, Annunciation St, features newest member Ejric Bernhart on tenor sax and vocals, as well as locals Brandon Tarricone and Wes Anderson on guitar and trombone respectively. It is now available and should be available digitally in 2013.
About Maxx Sizeler
Maxx Sizeler is a mixed media artist who received a MFA from The University of New Orleans in 2001, and a BFA from Parsons School of Design New York in 1988, with a year at Parsons at the American College in Paris in 1986. Creating whimsical models and prototypes of gender, Sizeler's work focuses on bodies in-between the binaries, specifically gender falling between boy and girl, male and female.
About Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Named by ArtReview as the most powerful artist in the world, Ai Weiwei is China’s most celebrated contemporary artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. In April 2011, when Ai disappeared into police custody for three months, he quickly became China's most famous missing person, having first risen to international prominence in 2008 after helping design Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium and then publicly denouncing the Games as party propaganda. Since then, Ai Weiwei's critiques of China's repressive regime have ranged from playful photographs of his raised middle finger in front of Tiananmen Square to searing memorials of the more than 5,000 schoolchildren who died in shoddy government construction in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Against a backdrop of strict censorship, Ai has become a kind of Internet champion. His frequent witty use of his blog and twitter, he is able to organize, inform, and inspire his followers, becoming an underground hero to millions of Chinese citizens.
First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to the charismatic artist, as well as his family and others close to him, while working as a journalist in Beijing. In the years she filmed, government authorities shut down Ai's blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention; while Time magazine named him a runner-up for 2011's Person of the Year. This compelling documentary is the inside story of a passionate dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.