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Artist Talk: Thursday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m.

GLEN ELLYN, IL – Cleve Carney Art Gallery located in the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., presents “Dark Light: Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib,” a cinematic and light exhibition by the artist duo Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib Jan. 21 – March 4, 2017. The gallery will host an artist talk on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery at 11 a.m.  Artist talks and gallery admission are free and open to the public.

At the heart of the exhibition is an original film, “Writing History with Lightning” (2015), a single-screen work composed of various altered and looped scenes from D.W. Griffith’s controversial 1915 film “Birth of a Nation” projected onto the interior structure of Baltimore’s abandoned Parkway Theatre, spilling across architectural details, theater seats and discarded objects from the building’s past. These projected images were then captured with a high-definition camera, and the resultant footage set to a soundtrack that is a deeply manipulated version of the original score of “Birth of a Nation.” Through this treatment, Hironaka and Suib destabilize and reverse the racist narrative structure of the Griffith’s 1915 film, using the methods of collage and appropriation to offer a counter-mythical historical vision.

The use of the Parkway Theatre is especially poignant as it was built the same year that Griffiths’ “Birth of a Nation” was released, and later hosted a screening of the film. A full century later, from its location at the intersection of North Avenue and N. Charles Street, the theater found itself proximate to the protests against the death of Freddie Gray who died while in Baltimore police custody.

For the installation at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery “Writing History with Lightning” will be shown in an enclosed screening room. In addition, in the gallery outside of the screening room Hironaka and Suib will be creating a large-scale light installation titled “Bright White Light.”

Based in Philadelphia, Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib have been collaborators since 2008. They are recipients of several honored awards including a 2015 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Pew Fellowships in the Arts and Fellowships from CFEVA and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Their work has been widely exhibited both domestically and abroad at venues including, Fondazione MAXXI (Rome), New Media Gallery (Vancouver), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), UCLA Hammer Museum, PS1/MoMA, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Arizona State University Art Museum. They have been artists-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Banff Centre, and the Millay Colony for Arts. Matthew Suib is co-founder of Greenhouse Media and Nadia Hironaka serves as a professor and department chair of film and video at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Hironaka & Suib are represented by Locks Gallery.

Exhibitions at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery may be viewed during regular gallery hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Cleve Carney Art Gallery is also open one hour prior to MAC performances held in the Belushi Performance Hall and during intermission. The gallery offers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists. For more information about the exhibitions and related special events, visit clevecarneygallery.org or call 630.942.2321.

Upcoming Exhibitions

March 9 – April 13, 2017
Mirror Face: Sarah McEneaney, Christa Donner and Keiler Roberts

April 20 – May 20, 2017
Annual Student Art Exhibit

Cleve Carney Art GalleryCleve Carney Art Gallery, located at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., offers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists. The gallery’s goal is to encourage the growth and understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions and educational programming that cultivate a variety of perspectives. And the vision is to be one of the best centers of contemporary art in the Chicago area.The late Cleve Carney provided a significant legacy gift to establish the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, a one-story, 1,850-square-foot addition to the McAninch Arts Center.  The gallery opened in February 2014 with its inaugural exhibition “Selections from Cleve Carney’s Art Collection” and offers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists.  For more information visit cod.edu/foundation.

More information can be found at www.clevecarneygallery.org

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 236-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC, now celebrating its 30th Anniversary, has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org, facebook.com/AtTheMAC or twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

The MAC’s 2016-2017 Season is made possible in part with support by The DuPage Foundation, Hilton Lisle/Naperville, Brookdale-Glen Ellyn; The JCS Arts & Education Fund of the DuPage Foundation; the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Smith Financial Advisors, Inc; SlTlG Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.; Follett’s College of DuPage Bookstore; Paramount Theatre; WFMT 98.7 FM; WBEZ 91.5 FM; WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit foundation.cod.edu or call 630.942.2462.Programs at the MAC are partially supported through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Photo Credit: 2015, film still from “Writing History with Lightning.” Image courtesy of Locks Gallery, Philadelphia PA.  
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