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Performance, Reception & Artist Talk

October 23, 2021 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Left: Image courtesy of Kristin Van Loon

Right: Anne George, Crest 65” x 56”x 6” Various papers, zippers, tape, cardboard, photograph, adhesives 2021

Performance, Reception & Artist Talk | FREE

2:00 PM | Performance in the gallery: HUMANS IN THE HUMAN SCALE by José Luis, Valerie Oliveiro, Kaz K Sherman

3:00 PM | Reception & Artist Talk with Anne George

Community members are invited to join us as we celebrate two of the exhibitions currently on view: The Human Scale and Anne George: Bite Down. The event will kick off with a performance in the gallery as part of The Human Scale curated by Ryan Fontain + Kristin Van Loon. Performers José Luis, Valerie Oliveiro and Kaz K Sherman will begin at 2:00pm. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Stick around or join us during the reception to hear from Anne George as she discusses her current exhibition Bite Down.

Performance in the gallery: HUMANS IN THE HUMAN SCALE by José Luis, Valerie Oliveiro, Kaz K Sherman

Expanding The Human Scale exhibition currently on view through October 24, curators Kristin Van Loon & Ryan Fontaine present  two afternoons of dance performance in the Rochester Art Center galleries. Visual art by dancers and dance in the context of visual art is a regular part of the programming in their home gallery HAIR+NAILS in Minneapolis. In two unique programs of luminary Twin Cities choreographers, see live bodies in motion, weaving through the intricate floor plan of The Human Scale. A strolling audience experience.

Image courtesy of José Luis


José A. Luis was born in Veracruz, Mexico and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. Having lived in  Milwaukee, Chicago, and now Minneapolis, moving has been a part of José’s identity.  Considered a “late-dancer”, he was immersed in formal training at UW-Milwaukee, where he  graduated with a BFA in Dance. He performed and created works locally before moving to  dance professionally in Chicago. Collaborative pieces as an undergraduate and post undergraduate saw their way into festivals, residencies, and progress showings during this  time. Minneapolis now presents him as an empowered independent solo choreographer – often performing in his own pieces. Merging art and life informs his introspective works,  allowing deeper connections with his audiences. New ventures in teaching and dancing for  companies again (after a six year hiatus) renews his energy and commitment to community.  His first self-produced evening length show occurred September of this year.

Image courtesy of Valerie Oliveiro


Valerie Oliveiro is an artist in the performance field who is based in the Twin Cities and born  in Singapore. She has performed both locally and nationally for Morgan Thorson, Jennifer  Monson, Rosy Simas, Emily Gastineau and Pramila Vasudevan. Her work has been supported  by Red Eye Theater, Hair and Nails Gallery and Walker Art Center. A champion of collective  leadership and process, she is a Co-Artistic Director of Red Eye Theater, Artist Council  Manager at Northern Lights MN and Ensemble Member at Lightning Rod. She also Co-runs  the performance incubator – movospace.

Image courtesy of Kaz K Sherman.


Kaz K Sherman‘s work incorporates her background in dance, writing, theater, music, and  the handyman arts. She choreographs and performs, builds sets and props, designs sound  and video, and writes text. Her incorporation of craft and visual art, including glassblowing,  woodworking, and sculpture, illuminate how the body extends to and through other  materials, culminating in an interdependent world where objects elucidate bodies,  choreography is language, and words become tools. 

Her work has been presented nationally by Walker Art Center, P.S. 122, CAP UCLA,  PICA/TBA Festival, Fusebox Festival, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Hair+Nails Gallery,  Roman Susan, American Realness, The Southern Theater, Diverseworks, Movement Research,  Highways, ODC, and many others. Honors include the 2020 Herb Alpert Award in Dance;  McKnight Foundation Fellowships in Choreography and Dance; a NY Dance and  Performance “Bessie” Award; multiple MacDowell Fellowships; and residencies through  Vermont Performance Lab, Movement Research, ADI/Lumberyard, and the Bogliasco  Foundation program in Liguria, Italy. She was a 2016-2017 Hodder Fellow in The Lewis  Center for the Arts at Princeton University and an inaugural Caroline Hearst Choreographer in-Residence in its dance program. Her writing has been featured in such forums as e-flux  journal, Movement Research Performance Journal, Hair+Nails Gallery Zine, Good  Job, Criticism Exchange,, and The Triumph of Poverty: Poems Inspired by the  Work of Nicole Eisenman. 

In spring 2020, she was a founding contributor to Creating New Futures: Working Guidelines  for Ethics & Equity in Presenting Dance & Performance. A collectively authored document  intended to be a house for testimonials, handbook for transparent conversations, and call for  radical change, it facilitated a national network of artists, presenters, and arts workers  committed to ending ethical bankruptcy in the dance and performance world. She’s since  spent the last 12 months running Covid testing and vaccinations sites across Minnesota. You  can guess which pandemic she thinks will end first.

Reception & Artist Talk | Anne George: Bite Down

Anne George is a multidisciplinary artist whose medium includes paper, photography, artist books, video, sculpture and installation. She explores ideas of connection, disruption, fragility and tension in various forms and materials. Anne George is the recipient of a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship, a Jerome Foundations Book Arts Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Regional Fellowship. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Art. She currently resides in Winona. 

Exhibition Statement 

This exhibition explores how materials, form and image can speak of vulnerability and strength. Incorporating found objects and diverse materials, paper is explored as subject and object for its skin-like physicality and its ability to be an active repository of place, time and touch. The resulting assemblages are part original and part ready-made.

This activity is made possible through a grant from the Southern Minnesota Arts Council in cooperation with a private foundation.

Anne George is a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage board.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


October 23, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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