PUTNEY -- Performance artist and social critic Janice Perry will show clips from her performance "Not Just Another Pretty Face: A Retrospective" and talk about overcoming adversity to achieve creative potential. Perry’s talk will be held at Landmark College’s Greenhoe Theater on Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. Part of the 2013-14 Landmark College Speaker Series, this event is free, accessible and open to the public.
"Cultural (R)Evolution" is the theme for this year’s Speaker Series, and Perry’s show is a fitting kick-off to the fall lineup which also includes environmentalist Bill McKibben, Middle East expert Monsour Farhang and artist Dave Cole. Perry’s works entertain while they poke at some of our deepest understandings of gender and culture.
"Janice makes me laugh, sometimes cry, and always leaves me thinking about new things," said Dr. Anita Long, assistant professor at Landmark College and event coordinator for Perry’s visit on Sept. 16.
Perry is connected to the Landmark College community through Peg Alden, director of international education at Landmark. "My history with Janice Perry goes back to when we both lived in Amsterdam in the 80s -- Janice was a lively and thought-provoking performer," said Alden. "I’m thrilled to see where she’s taken her gender work over the years. ... it’s entertaining and enlightening."
Called "bizarre and brainy" by the Village Voice and "one of the world’s most respected performance artists" by the BBC, Perry uses energy and a sharp sense of humor to comment on everything from Marilyn Monroe and the Gulf Wars to censorship and Robert Mapplethorpe’s nude male artwork.
An active performer for more than 30 years, Perry -- who speaks English, German, and French -- has taken the stage in the U.S. and Europe to deliver probing and hilarious solo works. Perry has a bachelor’s in English/American literature from Drew University and an MFA in interdisciplinary art from Goddard College in Plainfield. Earning grants and fellowships throughout her career, Perry has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar/Professor and a Fulbright Senior Specialist. Her recent works include the live art installations "Liminology" and "Being Derrida," the latter of which was a semi-finalist in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian Institution. Her work has been aired on networks including NPR, PBS and the BBC.
Landmark College welcomes the public to see Janice Perry. This event is co-sponsored by the Landmark College Women’s Center and the GLBT (Gay Lesbian BisexualTransgender) club.
The mission of the Speaker Series is to promote the intellectual environment of the College and to facilitate discussion of important issues in the community.
Landmark College was the first institution of higher learning to pioneer college-level studies for students with dyslexia. Today Landmark College offers two- and four-year degree options, a graduate level certificate in universal design with technology integration and summer programs for students who learn differently.
For more information, visit www.landmark.edu.