Lori VanMeter

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Everybody Leaves
May
5
May 7

Everybody Leaves

  • Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds

Oooooohh, we're just dying to tell you more about this public memorial art project!  We will reveal the final plans soon (after dew diligence, dotting eyes, and crossing tease).  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and more information.


Art Twistory Encore: The Temples at Burning Man
Apr
7
7:00 pm19:00

Art Twistory Encore: The Temples at Burning Man

  • Louden Nelson Community Center

The Burning Man project has been variously described as an art festival, a circus, a camp-out, a sociological experiment, a rave, a ritual, a Bacchanalia, druid puke...  Whatever.  Amid this enigmatic occurrence stands a temple, solemn and serious, dedicated to the memory of the deceased. Every year, thousands of people at Burning Man find a way to intertwine an unusual celebration of life with an unusual commemoration of death. This beautiful photographic presentation examines the roots, traditions, and meaning behind the annual creation and destruction of the temples at Burning Man.  $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors.  No reservations necessary.  (Supporting essay here) (About Art Twistory)

Art Twistory: The Merry Widow
Mar
10
7:00 pm19:00

Art Twistory: The Merry Widow

  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH)

Do the words merry widow sound familiar?  You may have heard of her and she likely has had an effect on your life, but do you know why and how?  In honor of National Women's History Month, this historical pictorial presentation will "uncover" (pun intended) who she is and how her legend endures everywhere from the bedroom to the boardroom in modern art, politics, and business.  Cost: $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors.  No reservations necessary.  (About Art Twistory)

Heighten the merriment by wearing or bringing a Merry Widow of your own...
 

EXTRA BONUS!!  Items from the MAH archive will be on rare display for this event (Thanks, MAH!).

Art Twistory: A Dead Man's Tale
Feb
4
2:00 pm14:00

Art Twistory: A Dead Man's Tale

  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

What was John Borden doing in Santa Cruz in 1876?  Who commissioned the large wooden grave marker of this bachelor with no local relations?  Why would a 21st century scholar biographize him instead of the many better-known residents of Evergreen Cemetery?  These questions and more will be discussed (and possibly answered) during this pictorial historical presentation.   $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors.  No reservations necessary.  (About Art Twistory)

** Extra BONUS: **  Items from the MAH archive will be on rare display during this event (Thanks, MAH!).

 

Nov
4
7:00 pm19:00

Art Twistory: Postmortem Photography

  • Louden Nelson Community Center

This presentation is about the rise and fall of postmortem portraiture, most prominent during the Victorian era. Why did people photograph the corpses of their loved ones, and why aren’t such photos prevalent anymore? What factors of human culture precipitated this blip on the radar of art historians? Where does it fit into the catalogue of Art History? A warning to the squeamish: while none of these vintage photographs are gruesome, all of the subjects are dead.  Cost: $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors. No reservations necessary.  (Supporting essay here)  (About Art Twistory)

Art Twistory: Cemetery Art and Architecture
Oct
7
7:00 pm19:00

Art Twistory: Cemetery Art and Architecture

  • Louden Nelson Community Center

The art and architecture styles that comprise any cemetery can visually describe its culture in various aspects.  The inscriptions and images on tombstones, monuments, and other objects indicate a society’s general outlook on death, its prevailing religions or secularization, gender roles, and other social stratification such as race and ethnicity.  There is quantifiable data about life expectancy, birth and mortality rates, family size, and even some political and economic history recorded in the wood, stone, and earthen assemblages.  This photographic presentation looks at how funerary art and architecture evince the values and trends of cemetery occupants and their contemporaneous society, from ancient faraway burials to modern local customs.  Cost: $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors.  No reservations necessary.  (Supporting essay here)  (About Art Twistory)

Art Twistory: The Temples at Burning Man
Sep
2
7:00 pm19:00

Art Twistory: The Temples at Burning Man

  • Louden Nelson Community Center

The Burning Man project has been variously described as an art festival, a circus, a camp-out, a sociological experiment, a rave, a ritual, a Bacchanalia, druid puke...  Whatever.  Amid this enigmatic occurrence stands a temple, solemn and serious, dedicated to the memory of the deceased. Every year, thousands of people at Burning Man find a way to intertwine an unusual celebration of life with an unusual commemoration of death. This beautiful photographic presentation examines the roots, traditions, and meaning behind the annual creation and destruction of the temples at Burning Man.  Cost: $10 donation appreciated, $5 students and seniors.  No reservations necessary.  (Supporting essay here) (About Art Twistory)

Aug
19
6:00 pm18:00

3rd Friday at the MAH: Bodies

  • Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

Epitaphs:  Quote yourself!   
Long after your vocal chords cease to vibrate, and your hands to gesture, you can still speak for yourself.  Create an epitaph – a motto, caption, or saying – for posterity to remember you by.  More information about 3rd Friday on the MAH website.