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December 4, 2009Ithaca —
Bahamian-born artist Janine Antoni lectured on November 30 in Lewis Auditorium, hosted by the Department of Art. Before her lecture, Antoni spent the day with several graduate art students giving individual critiques. Her public lecture presented a survey of her career, beginning with her first professional projects after graduate school, and spanning the evolution of her creative expression.
Antoni is known for creating sculptures and installations that use intimate, labor-intensive processes that leave the history of her body’s interaction on materials such as chocolate, lard, soap, hair dye, limestone, cow hide, and raw hemp. Through these direct interactions, Antoni creates performative objects that explore femininity, consumption, and many other aspects of the human condition.
Antoni has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad at venues including Luhring Augustine Gallery, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Reina Sofia, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Stockholm Konsthall. Antoni received her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and a master of fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.