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Conversation with Artist Rachel Owens

February 29 EST

In connection with a new exhibit at the Housatonic Museum of Art: The Hypogean Tip by Rachel Owens, join Rachel in the galleries on Saturday, Feb. 29th at 2 p.m.

With connections to our local history, “The Hypogean Tip” explores both Bridgeport’s and our larger nation’s past. The show is comprised of sculptures rendered in various materials, including large-scale casts in broken glass from the porch of the home of Mary Freeman (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) and works cast in coal and marble dust that invoke P.T. Barnum’s specter as well as his adverse impact on the historic community, Little Liberia.

The word Hypogean comes from the Greek words hypo (under) and Gaia (earth), together meaning underground. From the sea bed to coal-burning to stepping above and re-experiencing our community, the show is both a tip, as in a bit of information, and a tip, as in toppling, of our expectations of what is above and what is below.

About the Artist
Rachel Owens received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999 and lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. Through a feminist lens her work focuses on issues of hierarchical social conditions, consumption of the environment and the points where these things intersect. Taking various forms, she uses materials that once existed with a specific function, reassigns them within a different context and creates new meaning. She is Asistant Professor of Art and Design at SUNY Purchase College and Chair of the Sculpture Department.

To learn more about Rachel Owens, visit www.rachelowensart.org


February 29
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Housatonic Museum of Art
900 Lafayette Blvd
Bridgeport, CT 06604 United States
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