The Audrey Samsara (2004), production still, C-print, from 19 min. video
Note: ‘Samsara,’ a Buddhist word, means the cycle of death & rebirth.
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Sunday, Feb 28
Nurture Closing Day
Fun Events for Families:
Magic, Music & Puppets!
Alt. Ed. Panel
Magician Rick Franceschini
The Frog and the Grasshopper
from new kids' CD
2:30: Panel Discussion:
Alternative Education Options
An Athens Conscious Parents'
Teri Cole-Smith, Meg Hines, PhD,
Stephanie Jordan, Leslie Montemayor
-with low-cost child-care
$5 at adjacent Floorspace
from 2:00 til:
Magic, Music & Puppets!
Full Schedule and details
$3.00 - $6.00 sugg. per family
Sat. Jan. 9
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The artist and her family were in attendance
See Event Day Photos
Sun. Jan. 24
3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
a pro-breast-feeding event
See Event Day Photos
An Athens Conscious Parents/
Full Bloom Event
Thurs, January 28
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Walk & Talk
Join Guest Essayist Mary Jessica Hammes and Curator & ATHICA Director Lizzie Zucker Saltz
in a discussion of Jenkins' works & their relationship to parenting
and societal attitudes about breast feeding & non-sexual nudity.
See Event Photos
RELATED EVENT AT UGA
Fri. Jan. 29
12:20 - 1:10 p.m.
Friday Speaker Series
Nicole Hurt from Speech Communication:
Banned Breasts: Space, Images, and Bodies in the
Facebook Breastfeeding Debate.
UGA Miller Learning Center, rm. 214
Free and open to the public.
Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The Tiptons Sax Quartet & Drums
with openng local act
Pocketful of Claptonite
Thursday, Feb. 11
C.J. Boyd Sextet
with local Killick
More on C.J. Boyd
$6 Suggested Donation
Friday, Feb. 19
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Stories & Poems
of Love & Family
with lo-cost child-care &
fun at adjacent Floorspace!
$5 suggested donation per kid
A VOX Reading Series Event
Original works by local writers:
and others TBA
$3.00 - $6.00
|Saturday, January 9th, 2010
- Sunday, February 28th, 2010
Video and Photography by Amy Jenkins
Curator: Lizzie Zucker Saltz
| Guest Essayist: Mary Jessica Hammes
|Held (2005 - 2009), production
still from large-scale video
|Audrey Superhero (2010),
video production still,
archival ink-jet print
Tug (2005-2009), photo, archival ink-jet print, 24" x 56”
This exhibit marks three firsts for ATHICA: it is our first focusing on the personal yet universal issues of parenting and breast-feeding, our first large-scale video-art exhibit, and our first full-run solo artist exhibition. The works are from Jenkins' Cradle series, in which the artist films herself and members of her family in order to reveal salient aspects of familial relationships. In the artist's words 'Visceral and emotional, these personal narratives offer a window into intimate life, where the commonplace becomes surprising and unexpected.' Poignant and humorous, these beautifully composed works are sure to appeal to families and art lovers alike. Visitors should reserve 40 minutes to view all six videos, which range from under two minutes to 20 minutes.
The curator selected several pieces focusing on breastfeeding in order to focus the community on the significant mental and physical health benefits for mother and baby as well as create discourse around the issues of its suppression in visual culture (where bottle is king) and the ongoing legal battles surrounding public breastfeeding. One of Jenkins' works, a 19 minute video, The Audrey Samsara, was subject to a censorship scandal in 2004, which guest essayist Mary Jessica Hammes explains is her exhibition catalog essay. read more
The Audrey Samsara (2004), triptych, sequence of production stills from video, 19 min, 29 sec.
We are delighted to be debuting video works by Jenkins such as Held, Milky-Milk and the recently completed Audrey Superhero. Tug, a photograph in the format of a long horizontal strip, features the artist and her spouse pulling on opposing ends of a bright red rope, a now-grown Audrey by her mother’s side. The composition elegantly condenses contemporary parents’ struggles with sharing child-rearing responsibilities into a striking image rich with feminist issues. This is the artist's ' first solo exhibition south of Kentucky, which follows two decades of the New Hampshire-based artist's exhibitions at national and international museums and galleries.
Thank you to these generous donors:
ATHENS MATERNAL FETAL MEDICINE
*Put in Code Nurture and receive 15% off breastfeeding supplies during
the run of the exhibit when you visit a small green footprint.
And to these wonderful in-kind contributors:
Thank you Jay for the gorgeous benches for our viewers to watch the videos on!
And for accommodating
the artist and her family:
And for our media sponsor:Guest Essayist Mary Jessica Hammes list of online breastfeeding sites
For more information on breastfeeding—whether you’re looking for practical information, research news or an online community—check out the following Web sites.--M.J. Hammes
African-American Breastfeeding Alliance (provides support to the demographic of American women who statistically breastfeed the least)
Ask Moxie (mother-to-mother advice, known for the large readership that answers each others’ questions in the comments section)
Baby gooroo (timely research news, responses to current issues with expert analysis and features on breastfeeding)
Best for Babes (seeks to “give breastfeeding a makeover” with trendy imagery and lingo)
Blacktating: Breastfeeding News and Views From a Mom of Color (features engaging commentary on current breastfeeding issues, as well as book and product reviews)
Breastfeeding.com (a member of wedding-themed The Knot, Inc., “A family of brands”)
Kellymom (exhaustive compilation of articles on breastfeeding, plus forums and extensive information on prescription drug interactions)
La Leche League International (home of the breastfeeding-support organization that began with home meetings in Illinois in 1956)
Mothering Magazine (Popular among advocates of natural and attachment parenting)
Motherwear’s Breastfeeding Blog (from maternity/nursing clothing company Motherwear.com)
ProMoM (stands for Promotion of Mother’s Milk; offers a list of 101 reasons to breastfeed)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
and see Kathy Dettwyller, PhD, Texas A&M Anthropology, on
A Natural Age of Weaning
Curator's Note: The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) revised their advice on Breastfeeding 2005 to state: Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child.