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Dr. Sudul Edwards will outline the development of performance art over the last century, beginning with the Dada movements in the United States and Europe and paying special attention to developments in North Carolina from the 1950s at Black Mountain College to the last twenty years in the Queen City. Multidisciplinary New York-based artist Jen Ray, whose work will be on view at SOCO Gallery, will then discuss her performances, paintings, and sound works that celebrate female self-determination.


Jen Ray, born in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a tenth generation Carolinian. She has lived and worked primarily in Berlin, Germany. Her work was shown in a solo exhibition at Kunstverein Kassel (2014), as well as the group ‘Walk the Line’ at Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (2015) and a performance at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013). Her work has also been exhibited in Paris, Zurich, the Netherlands, Denmark, and most recently at the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College (2018) and SOCO Gallery in Charlotte (2019). Ray currently lives and works in New York, New York.


Independent curator Jennifer Sudul Edwards, Ph.D received her doctorate from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, in 2014. She has held curatorial positions at the Norton Simon Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Dr. Sudul Edwards has won numerous awards for her publications, exhibitions, and curatorial work, including Charlotte Magazine’s “Best Curator” for 2017. She is a cofounder and co-organizer of Sphere Series, Chairman of the Board at Goodyear Arts, and on the AFA Advisory Committee at the Central Piedmont Community College. Her current exhibition, W/ALL: Defend, Divide, The Divine, an examination of the historic use and the artistic treatment of walls over the centuries, will open at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles on September 17, 2019. She is also organizing A Face in the Crowd for SOCO Gallery, opening June 2019.

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