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Thursday, November 3 | 7 p.m.
Join the Berman Museum for the next of this fall’s Berman CONVERSATIONS — events that dig deeper into the layers of our current exhibitions, A Stratigraphic Fiction and David Goldes: Zap and Flow. The Conversations Series is the Berman’s signature public program, pairing contemporary artists with Ursinus professors for a dynamic exchange of interests and ideas.
On Thursday, November 3, Katharine Meade Davis, Visiting Instructor of Anthropology, talks to artist Elise Rasmussen.
Elise Rasmussen is a Canadian artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. Through her research-driven practice she pieces together forgotten or ignored narratives from the past, often using art historical references to challenge contemporary perspectives on utopia, capitalism, and modernity. Her photographs, videos, and performances have been presented at venues such as the Brooklyn Museum and Pioneer Works in New York, the CCS Bard Hessel Museum in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
Katharine “Kate” Davis is an anthropological archaeologist whose research focuses on the Tiwanaku culture, a pre-Inkan Andean civilization centered in what is now Bolivia. Interested in the lives of everyday people — the majority of the population at the monumental urban site — her excavations involving students and local indigenous people have focused on the residential structures where people went about their daily lives.
Image above: Elise Rasmussen, Plato, 2016. C-print, 20 x 25.5 in, Courtesy of the artist and Erin Stump Projects, Toronto.