Tapp’s Arts Center, Columbia, SC’s Center for Visual and Performing Arts at 1644 Main Street, announces its November 2013 First Thursdays on Main lineup. The public is invited to mingle with the featured artists and see their work, as well as visit Tapp’s resident artists’ studios, on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 from 5:30-10pm.
Tapp’s Art Center will celebrate its second anniversary and host “My Father’s House,” a site-specific musical performance at 7:30pm and feature the works of Columbia artist, Susan Lenz. The multidisciplinary performance will feature new and original music by local composer Patrick Dover, adapting poetry by University of South Carolina faculty member Ed Madden, performed by both orchestra and chorus.
The poetry comes from “My Father’s House”, a book of poems Madden published earlier this year, based on the 13 weeks he spent helping with his dying father’s home hospice care in 2011. Dover has set many of the poems to music for the performance at Tapp’s, which will make use of many areas of the building and feature both live and recorded performances and a sonic installation that will culminate with a choral performance in the Skyline Room. The event will also include visual art by Michaela Pilar Brown, Heidi Darr-Hope and Amanda Ladymon, with work echoing the performance themes of family, grief and ritual.
“I Am Not Invisible” is a defiant mantra and the exhibition title for new work by feature artist, Susan Lenz. The work in this exhibit investigates the nature of memory, the tendency to forget over time, and the artist’s fervent hope to create art with a lasting impression. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a stitched grid of anonymous vintage photographs. Related work includes a collection of framed, antique portraits displayed as if a family’s wall of ancestors. Other work repurposes scraps of crazy quilts, rusted nails, celluloid buttons, plastic greenery off discarded artificial cemetery flowers, and a plethora of vintage ephemera. Collectively, the work uses every day, found materials and explores the way people try to remember and attempt to be remembered. The exhibit is the artist’s effort to do both while admitting the likelihood of failure.
The event is sponsored in part by the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC. Other sponsors include Tapp’s Art Center, the Ballast Group, Thomas Hammond Photography and the Christine Concert Series.
To learn more contact Brenda Schwarz at 803/988-0013, e-mail to (Brenda@TappsArtsCenter.com) or visit Tapp’s Arts Center on Facebook.