PRAXIS w/ Stephanie Sherman (Elsewhere Collaborative)
Wednesday, November 17th, 8 to 9:30pm
Works Progress/West Bank Social Center welcomes Stephanie Sherman, co-founder and collaborative director of Elsewhere, for a talk and informal Q+A session on the living museum, site-specific residency program, and creative laboratory. Set within a former thrift store in downtown Greensboro, NC, Elsewhere started from a massive collection of 58-years worth of cultural surplus sitting without destination, and in 2003 was converted into a living museum, conceptual+material playground, and space for investigating everyday and extraordinary life. Now, nothing is for sale, and artists live and work amidst an endlessly circulating collection of objects and artworks that is continually re-purposed and re-imagined.
Elsewhere is a unique residency model, hosting over 40 creatives from across the globe each year who create projects with and within this evolving environment, responding to the things, architectures, collaborative community, and developing downtown Greensboro. Stephanie will share the story of Elsewhere’s history, evolution, contemporary challenges, and future visions. She will speak from the interwoven perspectives of non-profit director, artist, curator, writer, and organizer, insisting that these practices together can make for a more dynamic, responsive, sustainable (art)world.
MORE ABOUT STEPHANIE SHERMAN:
Stephanie explores the intersection of everyday and extraordinary life through site-specific projects that interweave the practices of curator, artist, writer, and organizer. She is currently collaborative director and founder of Elsewhere, a living museum and residency program set within a three-story former thrift store. Her creative and critical research themes include magic realism, cultural outpourings, public processes, urban revitalization, smiling and laughter, social formations, collective imaginaries, and how things compose narratives and designate patterns. She loves people, books, and buildings, in theory and practice, and schooling in 20th C English Literature at UPenn and Critical Theory and Philosophy at Duke inform her current projects.
Praxis is a free monthly artist talk coordinated by Works Progress at West Bank Social Center. Local, national, and international artists, curators, administrators and cultural producers discuss their work in an intimate setting, followed (when possible) by practical exercises and activities for those interested in experimenting with new ways of thinking, making and doing.
Photo by Kate Strathmann (Fall 2010 Resident at Elsewhere)