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Ingrid Wiegand and Julie Finch: On Loft Life and Space-Making in the 1970s
In the experimental video “Walking” (1975), filmmaker Ingrid Wiegand embeds the viewer in her daily life, from family mornings in bed, to walks in her SoHo neighborhood, to making art alongside her husband Robert Wiegand in their loft. The Wiegands were central figures in forging the artist community that remade lower Manhattan in the 1960s by repurposing abandoned industrial interiors as live/work spaces for creatives. In “Julie” (1974), also held by Archives of American Art, the Wiegands collaborate to capture and evocatively enhance a seemingly private performance by their SoHo neighbor, dancer Julie Finch. Finch, with her then-husband Donald Judd, was instrumental in the founding of 101 Spring Street and the development of the surrounding spaces and art community. After a paired screening of these works, curator Josh T. Franco will invite Finch and Wiegand to discuss their art and feminist take on loft life.

This program inaugurates Viewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from the Smithsonian, a monthly virtual screening and conversation series sponsored by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story. The first sequence of selected works reflects on interiority—a particularly timely topic during this global pandemic.

Visit WomensHistory.si.edu for more information about upcoming events in this screening series.

Jan 7, 2021 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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