Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 08:05

University of California, Irvine  Graduate Studio Art Lecture Series Perfect Lovers
Artist Lecture:  Daria Martin and Yvonne Rainer

Wednesday, June 2 at 7pm
McCormick Theater

Daria Martin is a London-based artist who has dedicated herself to film-making since the 1990s. Born in San Francisco, USA, in 1973, she lives and works in London.

Martin trained in humanities at Yale University and painting at the University of California, Los Angeles. The mediums of painting and dance exert a strong influence on Martin's mode of film-making, which reveals an acute attention to technique, material and timing. The object of Martin's films is often the human body, observed in relation to sculptural objects and robots for example, in a reflection about its position between nature and culture. As Martin has remarked, her works often refer to the process of art-making, as the films' protagonists engage in processes of experimentation and making. Martin has had solo exhibitions at the SMAK, Ghent (2006), and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2007), and a one-woman show of hers will be held at Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, in 2011.

Yvonne Rainer is an artist, dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and writer has been called "an avant-garde giant" by the New York Times. Born in San Francisco in 1934, she was one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater in 1962, the genesis of a movement that proved to be a vital force in modern dance in the following decades. Between 1962 and 1975 she presented her choreography throughout the United States and Europe. Since 1972 Rainer has completed seven feature-length films, beginning with Lives of Performers and, more recently, Privilege(1990, winner of the Filmmakers Trophy at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival and the Geyer Werke Prize at the 1991 International Documentary Film Festival in Munich), and MURDER and murder (1996, winner of the Teddy Award at the 1997 Berlin Film Festival and Special Jury Award at the 1999 Miami Lesbian and Gay Film Festival). She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, notably two Guggenheim Fellowships, a MacArthur Fellowship, a Wexner Prize, seven NEA awards, three Rockefeller Fellowships, and four honorary doctor of fine arts degrees.

"Perfect Lovers"
UCI Graduate Studio Art Lecture Series

"Perfect Lovers" attempts to complicate the traditional grad school lecture by pairing artists, curators, and culture-makers in conversation with each other.  We want to offer our program and the public the vital event of seeing artists discuss their work in a more spontaneous way; and give artists the opportunity to share their work, interests, and obsessions in dialogue.

As the clocks in Felix Gonzalez-Torres "Perfect Lovers" move in sync and out of sync, we believe in the value of pairing speakers whose practices may coincide and conflict can better 
highlight the stakes and debates of contemporary practice.