Harris Gallery of the University of La Verne
1950 Third Street
La Verne, CA 91750
Contact: Chuck Feesago, Curator
“ATA: An Exhibition of Contemporary Samoan Art” at Harris Gallery – University of La VerneApril 28 – May 24, 2012
“Focus on Pacific Islander Contemporary Film and Performance” at La Fetra Hall – University of La VerneSaturday, April 28, 2012 – 1pm to 7pm
Harris Gallery of the University of La Verne is proud to announce the opening of “ATA: An Exhibition of Contemporary Samoan Art” | April 28-May 24, 2012. On Saturday, April 28th we will be hosting a special program, “Focus on Pacific Islander Contemporary Film and Performance” in an afternoon presentation of contemporary Pacific Islander artists in performance, films, poetry and visual arts, including filmmaker and artist panel discussions.
Contemporary art of the Pacific Islands is rarely exhibited in the United States, due in part to strong American perceptions of Oceania thru prominent tiki kitsch and tourism. Artists within the Pacific Islands usually exhibit their work in Aotearoa-New Zealand, Australia, Asia, and Europe, but this ULV program and ATA Exhibition hopes to intervene and make a statement for new, contemporary visual art, filmmaking, and performance with some of the new and most important emerging contemporary artists of the Pacific Islands today.
“ATA: An Exhibition of Contemporary Samoan Art” at the Harris Gallery includes artists Jewel Castro (US), Chantal Fraser (AU), Chuck Feesago (US), Graham Fletcher (NZ), Tanu Gago (NZ), Shigeyuki Kihara (NZ), Mau Mauiava (NZ), Rosanna Raymond (UK), Daniel Satele (NZ), Siliga David Setoga (NZ), Angela Tiatia (AU), and Dan Taulapapa McMullin (US).
The Saturday, April 28th program at ULV’s La Fetra Hall “Focus on Pacific Islander Contemporary Film and Performance” will include new films from Aotearoa-New Zealand and the Samoa Islands followed by a media and performance panel discussion moderated by Maori writer Michelle Erai of UCLA, including filmmakers Sila Agavale, Micki Davis, Alex Munoz, Napoleon Tavale and others. Erai will be also moderating an artist’s panel with visual artists Chantal Fraser, Chuck Feesago, Tanu Gago, Rosanna Raymond, Angela Tiatia, and Dan Taulapapa McMullin.
Following, US actor-playwright Napoleon Tavale will perform an excerpt of his one-person work, INOA FANAU (Birth of a Name), in tandem with a poetry performance hour together with fellow poets Sila Tuitupou and Dan Taulapapa McMullin.
This afternoon program will be completed with an artist reception at the Harris Gallery for “ATA: An Exhibition of Contemporary Samoan Art,” including an art performance by London-based Samoan-Maori artist, Rosanna Raymond.