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19th Annual Matrilineage opens at SU

MATRILINEAGE SYMPOSIUM 2010: February 26--March 25

The Committee on Women and Art announces the 19th Annual Matrilineage Symposium, which will take place on the Syracuse University campus and throughout the surrounding community. All events are free and open to the public. This year's symposium features transmedia artist Amy Alexander, performance artists Jibz Cameron and Kristina Wong, fiber artist Olek, Handmade Nation creator Faythe Levine, painter Betty Tompkins, and an art exhibition, Sensational Remix.

The symposium is a series of events traditionally held over three weeks each spring, honoring activism and feminism in the arts. It brings a diverse group of artists to Syracuse to share their work with the community through innovative and interactive programming. Previous guests have included the Guerrilla Girls, bell hooks, Sadie Benning, Judy Chicago, among many others. An internet archive of past programs can be found at matrilineage.org.

Matrilineage was first organized in 1991 by SU students, and since the mid-90's has been stewarded by the Committee on Women and Art, an organization of local artists, graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty of Syracuse University. Though the program has varied a great deal over the years, the efforts are united by at least one common goal: to achieve a more vital, accessible, and diverse art community than the one we inherited. We seek a community in which artists - whether marginalized by the homogeny of history, or by their experiences in the present - can claim creative freedom, gather momentum, and join in concert to begin actively re-forming their discipline.

FULL EVENT/ARTIST LISTING:

JIBZ CAMERON (DYNASTY HANDBAG)

Performance: Friday, February 26, 8pm @ Spark Art Space, 1005 E. Fayette St. Artist talk to follow.

Jibz Cameron is a performance and video artist who lives and works in New York. In 2002 she began performing as Dynasty Handbag, in a one-woman show combining music, audio, video and live performance. She has been heralded a "crackpot genius" by The Village Voice, and the NY Times has said that it's "the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years." Her performance and video work has been seen at Dance Theater Workshop, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, The Kitchen, and OUTFest Los Angeles.

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