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(At Home) On Art and Peanut Butter: Artist Talk with Shana Moulton
California-based artist Shana Moulton joins Hirshhorn associate curator of media and performance art Marina Isgro to discuss her ongoing video and performance series Whispering Pines and how her work has evolved in response to the global pandemic.
As part of this program, Moulton will premiere a new performance made for Zoom.
In 2018, Moulton and her collaborator, composer Nick Hallett, released a new, made-for-internet adaptation of the project for the New Museum’s digital portal. In recent months, with the rise of isolation due to COVID-19, the artists made all parts of the cross-platform opera Whispering Pines 10 viewable online for free and incorporated a test to make sure you pay attention: To access the finale of the work, you have to figure out a password based on clues within earlier segments. During a time of increasing physical separation, the democratization of this work points to the role of art and the internet in bringing people together.

Oct 14, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Shana Moulton
Shana Moulton’s performance and video work is built around her alter ago, a fictional character named Cynthia who spends most of her time alone at home. Begun in 2002, the Whispering Pines series was loosely inspired by the artist’s childhood growing up in a senior citizen mobile home park of the same name. Each episode features Cynthia wrestling with anxieties concerning her health, appearance, and purpose in life, as she desperately searches for meaning and healing through consumer goods and television.
Marina Isgro
Associate Curator @Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Marina Isgro joined the Hirshhorn as Associate Curator in March 2020 and is responsible for the Museum’s collection of media and performance art. Prior to joining the Hirshhorn, she served as Nam June Paik Fellow at the Harvard Art Museums, where she curated Nam June Paik: Screen Play (2018) and contributed to Crossing Lines, Constructing Home: Displacement and Belonging in Contemporary Art (2019–20). She also curated rotating installations for the museums’ 1960s and ’70s collections galleries, including works by the Fluxus group, Nancy Graves, Lee Lozano, Howardena Pindell, and Cy Twombly; assisted with acquisition of work by Paik, Willie Doherty, Emily Jacir, Do Ho Suh, and others; and led seminars and organized programming around video and time-based media.