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Webinar "History 'Gone Viral:' Negotiating the Past through the Present

  • Dates: February 3, 2022
  • Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Price: $5, Free for Olana Members
  • Overview

    Join artist Valerie Hegarty and art historian Alexis L. Boylan for a virtual presentation and discussion about how Hegarty’s recent work connects the past and present, incorporating and interrogating historical narratives from the 19th century and beyond. Joined by art historian Alexis Boylan, Hegarty will examine how her 2021 exhibition, Gone Viral, engages with our own contemporary history while drawing from her past work and larger histories. Inspired by the artist’s personal journal entries from the onset of the COVID, Hegarty’s work in Gone Viral grapples with the complexities of our current moment and the mythologies associated with our past.

    Alexis L. Boylan is the director of academic affairs of the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) and professor with a joint appointment in the Art and Art History Department and the Africana Studies Institute. She is currently the Coordinator of Seeing Truth: Art, Science, Museums, and Making Knowledge. Valerie Hegarty is a Brooklyn-based artist who makes paintings, sculptures and installations that explore issues of memory, place and history. Her work has been exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum, on the High Line, and at MoMA PS1.

    Olana After Hours is a virtual platform for lively conversations with interdisciplinary practitioners discussing how their passions intersect with the ongoing story of Olana. Participants will be invited to join in the conversation so be sure to bring your own questions. Each conversation will be hosted on Zoom. A link to the program will be sent beforehand. $5 (FREE for Olana members).

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