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Wed December 4, 2013
The Art of Sharing, A Dozen Dresses, Photography of Fred Stein, Edward Steichen and More
Today on the show it’s all about film, and sharing. So we’ll peak into the minds of those talented artists behind the camera lens, and find out what makes them tick. As is so often the case with great artists, there’s a whole lot of fascinating stuff going on in there, and the time, planning and effort that goes into capturing the perfect image, telling a compelling story, and changing the world, one image at a time. Artist, filmmaker Joel Tauber is on a one man mission to shed light on the act of sharing. Why do we share? Why should we share, and why should we care? Joel’s got some ideas for you to kick around. Performance artist, photographer, Diana Greene is here to share the stories behind A Dozen Dresses, and she’s got a few doozies. Filmmaker Peter Stein has made blockbuster horror film classics like Friday the 13th Part 2, but he’s all about the beauty of the simple black and white image as captured by his father, renowned photographer Fred Stein. When it comes to glamour photography, they don’t come more renowned than Edward Steichen, and they don’t come better informed than Reynolda House curator Allison Slaby.
Joel Tauber is an assistant professor of art at Wake Forest University, where he is developing their video art program. His work has been shown in solo art exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, and his films have screened at major festivals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Joel believes that art can change the world. His new work explores the seemingly simple and yet sometimes thorny notion of sharing, with the hopes of raising awareness and sparking conversations about its value and meaning in our Capitalist society.
The Sharing Project begins with Joel teaching his young son Zeke to share. He films Zeke at daycare learning with his classmates to share communal toys. But the more Joel observes and investigates sharing, even with the help of experts from every applicable field imaginable, the more questions he has. In the process The Sharing Project forces each of us to re-think our own preconceptions about sharing. Eventually Joel and his son Zeke share an adventure to search out answers in Happyville, a forgotten early 20th century Socialist Jewish commune in South Carolina. Joel says the Socialist Jewish commune Happyville was founded in 1905 but was abandoned just three years later.
David Ford spoke with artist, filmmaker, and Wake Forest University assistant professor of art, Joel Tauber. This weekend is the official launch of his new work The Sharing Project. The Sharing Project will eventually become a multi-channel sculptural video installation (slated to premiere in Spring 2015) as well as a feature film that’ll premiere soon afterwards.
Performance artist, photographer, writer, educator, and commentator, Diana Greene. A Dozen Dresses: The Recollection is her fascinating multimedia work. Part memoir, part dream, part psychology, the show uses clothing as a vehicle for remembering key events in life. Diana explores the blurry intersection of the past and present through provocative photographs of and essays about her dresses from days gone by. Diana dropped to share the quality stories behind A Dozen Dresses; The Recollection.
The Photography of Fred Stein
Cinematographer and New York University graduate film school professor Peter Stein has been director of photography on more than 50 feature films, working with many of the major studios and TV networks. He’s also worked tirelessly to bring the images taken by his late father, street photography pioneer Fred Stein, back into prominence. In a recent traveling exhibit, Triad viewers were treated to 70 of Fred’s amazing photographs at Ambleside Gallery in Greensboro: captivating black and whites of Paris in the 1930s, New York in the 40s as well as Stein’s now famous portraits of people like Albert Einstein and Salvador Dali. Peter stopped by for this look back on his father’s incredible life and work.
Cinematographer and educator Peter Stein. Peter has taught at SUNY Purchase and The School of Visual Arts, and has lectured on cinematography at several universities around the country. He has been on the NYU graduate faculty since 2002 where he’s Head of Production. Peter brought the retrospective exhibition of his father’s work, the late Fred Stein, to Ambleside Gallery in Greensboro. 70 wonderful examples of the master photographer’s unique take on the cities, street scenes and the people who fascinated him most.
From the streets to the stars next with glamour photographer Edward Steichen and a gallery tour with Reynolda House Museum of American Art curator Allison Slaby.It was among the top 5 things all North Carolinians should do according to Our State Magazine. It was called the top fashion exhibition by Lucky Magazine, and maybe most telling of all, the granddaughter of the man whose photography was being honored called it the most creative installation of his work that she’d ever seen. That was Star Power: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem.
Star Power explored the Golden Age of Hollywood in the late 20s through the 30s with Steichen’s images of luminaries like Catherine Hepburn, Gary Cooper, and Gloria Swanson, but the exhibit was unique in that it also tied together Hollywood’s Golden Age with the Golden Age of Reynolda. Alongside the portraits by America’s first modern fashion photographer, viewers could look at the amazing gowns, shoes and art deco jewelry that the Reynolds family were wearing back then. There’s always something great going on at Reynolda House, and you’ll find links to more information about current exhibits at wfdd.org and click on TAW. In the meantime, let’s jump back to different age with Reynolda House Reynolda House curator Alison Slaby. She met David Ford at the museum to explain this “cross-dressing” of art & couture.