Ana Prvacki: The Greeting Committee – Blaffer Art Museum

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Ana Prvacki: The Greeting Committee

April 2, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


In Fine Arts rm. 110 – a general overview of Prvacki’s work and introduction to The Greeting Committee. OPEN TO ALL.

In Ana Prvacki’s The Greeting Committee, UH faculty, staff and students will welcome Blaffer visitors with a spoonful of Serbian slatko, a sweet strawberry preserve served to guests as a traditional gesture of hospitality. The work will be part of the exhibition Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, on view at Blaffer from opening night on Friday, September 6 through December 7.

If you would like to participate, you need to attend both events. No RSVP required.

Watch Ana Prvacki discuss The Greeting Committee online:

About the artist
Ana Prvacki (b. 1976, Serbia) is an artist whose work draws on daily practices and social research. Her interventions into daily life are meant to transform the viewer’s perception and experience of daily life and routine, attempting to provide solutions to our daily problems, worries, and fears. She explores social anxiety and the comedic potential of faux pas.

Her art work has been exhibited internationally and was included in the 2006 Singapore Biennial and Turin Triennial, 2008 Sydney Biennial and dOCUMENTA 13. She has developed projects at various art institutions, including Bloomberg (NY), Art in General (NY), Artists Space (NY), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (Turin), and Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). She is represented by Lombard Freid Gallery where she will have a solo exhibition in this fall.

About the exhibition
Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston is proud to host Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art. Organized by the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, the exhibition defines an important new category of contemporary artistic practice – the artist-orchestrated meal.
The act of sharing food and drink with others is a basic human pleasure and an enduring source of aesthetic inspiration. While representations of meals have been common in art since ancient times, only in the last century has the shared meal itself also become a compelling artistic medium. Since the 1930s, a surprising number of artists have used meals as a means to simultaneously advance aesthetic goals and to foster critical engagement with the culture of their moment. These artist-orchestrated meals often invite the participation of a wide range of publics and can offer a radical form of hospitality that punctures everyday experience, using food as a means to spark encounters and perceptions that aren’t otherwise possible. Feast surveys this practice for the first time, assessing its roots in early-twentieth century European avant-garde art, its development over the past five decades within Western art, and its current global ubiquity.

Feast features more than twenty-five artists through two interrelated components: a gallery presentation and participatory, performative projects. Together, these will be mutually enriching, with new commissions and new iterations of performances allowing people to experience in real time the kinds of projects documented within the museum, and the gallery display providing a broader perspective on the participatory works. Feast includes art, documentary materials, and new public projects by Marina Abramović and Ulay, Sonja Alhäuser, Mary Ellen Carroll, Fallen Fruit, Theaster Gates, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, InCUBATE, The Italian Futurists, Mella Jaarsma, Alison Knowles, Suzanne Lacy, Lee Mingwei, Laura Letinsky, Tom Marioni, Gordon Matta-Clark, Mildred’s Lane, Julio César Morales and Max La Rivière-Hedrick, motiroti, National Bitter Melon Council, Ana Prvacki, Sudsiri Pui-Ock, Michael Rakowitz, Ayman Ramadan, Red76, David Robbins, Allen Ruppersberg, Bonnie Sherk, Barbara T. Smith, Daniel Spoerri, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art is organized by the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. The exhibition is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award. Generous major support has also been provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Chicago Community Trust, Helen Zell, the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Foundation, the University of Chicago’s Arts Council, and Janis Kanter and Tom McCormick.

The presentation of the exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum is made possible, in part, by The Cecil Amelia Blaffer von Furstenberg Endowment for Exhibitions and Programs, the Houston Endowment, Inc., and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Additional support is provided by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Jo and Jim Furr Exhibition Endowment at Blaffer Art Museum, The George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation, KUHF-FM, Mike Loya, Dutch Small, the Texas Commission on the Arts, Uchi Restaurant and Whole Foods. Community and campus partners include the Center for Public History, Conrad R. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, the Council of Ethnic Organizations, the Student Program Board, and Urban Harvest. Educational outreach programs are made possible by Dorothy C. Sumner and the Kinder Morgan Foundation.

Ana Prvacki’s visit is supported through the Innovation Grants program of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, which is funded in part by the Houston Endowment, Inc.


April 2, 2013
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


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