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Follow the art and lives of five women in ‘Our City Dreams’

August 14, 2016 // by Denise M. Reagan

Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction introduces Jacksonville audiences to six women painting in New York today. As a public program of MOCA Jacksonville's exhibition, the screening of Our City Dreams on August 18 presents five more artists who call New York home.

Filmed over the course of two years, Our City Dreams visits the creative spaces of five women, documents their many triumphs and challenges, and provides a glimpse into the processes of creation and inspiration.

Marina Abramovic is a pioneer of performance art who uses her own body as a canvas to respond deeply to contemporary cultural issues. The film captures Abramovic's weeklong series of performances at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Ghada Amer paints erotic canvases in traditional needle and thread, refusing to bow to the puritanical elements of Western and Islamic culture and "institutionalized feminism.” The movie documents her return to Egypt.

Kiki Smith addresses philosophical, social, and spiritual aspects of the human body through work that incorporates glass, plaster, ceramic, bronze, and paper. Viewers follow her traveling retrospective, Kiki Smith: A Gathering, 1980-2005, which culminated at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2006.

Nancy Spero was at the forefront of the feminist movement of the late 50s and 60s and continued to question the polemics of sexual identity and warfare until she died in 2009. In the film, Spero prepares a new piece for the 2007 Venice Biennale.

Swoon , one of New York's most promising emerging artists, transmits the pulse of urban life with her arresting and fugitive street art. The film shows her first solo exhibition at Deitch Projects in New York. Swoon's work also appeared in The Other: Nurturing a New Ecology in Printmaking in the UNF Gallery MOCA Jacksonville.

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Marina Abramovic appears in Our City Dreams. Image courtesy of First Run Features.
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Nancy Spero appears in Our City Dreams. Image courtesy of First Run Features.
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Swoon's artwork appears in Our City Dreams. Image courtesy of First Run Features.

Director Chiara Clemente combines an intimate documentary style with the ephemera of city life. Through a singular cultural and artistic experience, Clemente provides a testimony to the need to preserve great art and artists.

Tickets to the screening of Our City Dreams on August 18 are free for MOCA members, but RSVP to reserve a seat. Tickets are $5 for nonmembers and include a coupon for a discount on a drink at the lobby bar.

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Ghada Amer's artwork appears in Our City Dreams. Image courtesy of First Run Features.

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