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Culture Hour

May 18, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for our first Art and Culture Center performance happy hour, featuring appearances by Pip and Duane James Brant. As a social for the exhibitions Habitat, Origin, and Plush, it’s your opportunity to grab a cocktail and be immersed. We’re introducing experimental encounters in lieu of artist talks. Pip and Duane will humorously perform, Pet-o-ramma, inviting you to engage.

Pet-o-ramma is an interactive performance that references the 70’s provocative Austrian action artist, VALIE EXPORT. Waltraud Hollinger practiced out of Vienna and changed her name in reaction to male-dominated groups like the Vienna Actionists when she was just 28. Export was the name of a popular cigarette brand at the time, and the artist wanted to be free of both her father’s and ex-husband’s names. In Tap and Touch Cinema from 1968, Viennese viewers were invited to reach into a cardboard diorama attached to the artist’s chest. For Brant, as an artist, feminist, and professor, she combines the ” backyard food production rights movement with feminism.” She wears her native custom dress to connect with her own historical culture and the present day reality. Duane James Brant will perform in tandem.

After several performances of Pet-o-ramma, it bothered the couple that this piece seemed to be only about women. Men needed to be included. Thus a wooden pair of faux lederhosen was constructed. This piece has been presented at the Miami International Performance festival, curated by Charo Oquet. The artist’s couple has been making art and urban farming right here in Hollywood for over 30 years. Join us to celebrate artists who are changing the ways we can culturally connect.

Free for members
$7 for nonmembers, including lite bites and refreshments


May 18, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm