Anne Labovitz: 122 Conversations
September 10 – October 18
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 10, at 7:30pm.
122 Conversations: Person to Person, Art Beyond Borders by Anne Labovitz is a traveling exhibition of artworks based on conversations between the artist and the people of each of the five sister cities of Duluth, Minnesota. The project is organized by the Tweed Museum of Art and presented in collaboration with Duluth Sister Cities, International and the University of Minnesota, Duluth, Fine Arts Department. Anne Labovitz was named Artist of the Year by the Duluth Depot Foundation in 2013. The exhibition launches in Thunder Bay September 10 and will then travel to the remaining sister cities for two years after which it returns to Duluth. Opening events will beheld in Thunder Bay, Canada; Rania, Iraqi Kurdistan, Petrozavodsk, Russia; Ohara-Isumi City, Japan; and Vaxjo, Sweden. The exhibition tour will culminate in Duluth at the Tweed Museum in 2017.
The work of the exhibition represents two years of planning and 60 skype or in person interviews with ten residents of each of the five sister cities of Duluth, including the mayor from each city. The large scale paintings created by Labovitz in her studio, measure 40″ x 40″ and are inspired and directed by the spirited cross-cultural interviews. Inscribing conversations through drawing, painting or carving, the artfully documented dialogue is applied and overlapped in layers on paper. Each of the ten pieces depict an interpretation of the conversations and include faces, words, and descriptions of the experiences that relate to the individuals that were interviewed.
The “122” honors the total amount of years being celebrated between DSCI and its sister cities. “Conversations” is inspired by the interviews, relationships, connections and interactions that enhance the experience of involvement in the project.