On Tuesday, June 19, we will hold a salon at the Maison Dora Maar.
During the salon, Susan Opton, Jane MacAvock, and Lisa Williams, the current artists in residence, will talk about their work, followed by informal discussions with drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the garden. Everyone is welcome.
Suzanne Opton is a photographer based in New York. Her "Soldier" portraits have been presented as billboards in American cities and sparked a passionate debate about issues of art and soldiering. Opton´s work lives on the edge between documentary and conceptual and often includes elements of simple performance. Her monograph, Soldier / Many Wars, was published by Decode (fall 2011). Her photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum; Cleveland Museum; Fotomuseum Winterthur; Library of Congress; Musée de l´Elysée; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Portland Art Museum. She has received grants from the NEA, NYFA, Vermont Council on the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. While at the Dora Maar House she will be working on a new series of narrative images centering on femininity, fertility, aging, and family culture.
Jane MacAvock is an art historian based in Paris. She has worked as Curator of Prints and Drawings at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. She has been a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome. Dr. MacAvock has also taught at the Université de Haute Bretagne, Rennes II and has written for numerous publications. While at the Dora Maar House, she hopes to complete over a decade´s worth of research and writing on the 17th-century painter Jean Daret. Her book when completed will be the first monographic study of this artist based in Aix-en-Provence.
Lisa Williams is a poet based in Kentucky. Her two books of poetry were recognized with the Barnard Women Poets Prize and the May Swenson Poetry Award. She also received the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among many other honors and awards. She is currently Director of Creative Writing and Associate Professor of English at Centre College in Kentucky. While at Dora Maar House she will work to complete a third volume of poetry.