Wanderings and Wonderings: Marisa Williamson
On July 2nd and 3rd, in celebration and reflection of Independence Day, artist Marisa Williamson will lead guided tours from the back of the Storm King tram bus as her perennial alter ego, Sally Hemings. Thomas Jefferson’s slave and mistress will share observations and insights about the collection, inviting visitors to examine the concept of legacy as it is built through time, space, creative labor and struggle. This Wanderings and Wonderings program continues Williamson’s ongoing engagement with Hemings, and practice of performing live as this fascinating individual. Williamson has inhabited Hemings’ persona while posing questions about identity, history, power, gender, work, self-making, and self-regard at sites including Jefferson’s estate Monticello; outside his former home in Paris; and in galleries and public spaces in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York. Presented with The Shandaken Project.
Marisa Williamson is an NY-based artist, originally from Philadelphia. She received her B.A. in visual art from Harvard University and earned her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts in 2013. Her project as an artist is to explore and describe through performance, video, objects, and images the ways that soft technologies—“problem solving tools” like narrative, language, and myth, along with hard technologies like the camera, the digital moving image, and the web—facilitate the rendering and surrendering of the physical and psychological body.
Wanderings and Wonderings, along with artist talks and other general operations, are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.