How to Draw a Bunny is an interactive screening event with Head of Special Collections & Archives for the Miami-Dade Public Library System, Stephanie Marie Garcia, American art critic and curator, Saul Ostrow, and artist and curator, Laura Marsh.
The trio will candidly talk about the work and legacy of Ray Johnson as so thoughtfully narrated in the 2002 film, produced by Andrew J. Moore and directed by John Walter. Presented in collaboration with O Cinema.
The cartoon rabbit that was artist Ray Johnson’s signature serves as the inspiration for the title of this documentary that examines the work, life and untimely death of this one-of-a-kind artist. Interviews of fellow contemporary artists like Christo and Billy Name shine a light on the professional work and private life of Johnson, while archival video shows him in his element creating his unique artwork that combined everything from Pop Art images, rubber stamps and collage.
About the Panelists
Laura Marsh is a textile artist with a social practice. Her spheres, flags, and installations contain social mottos and humanitarian texts. From two generations of women who sew, Marsh practices a do-it-yourself approach that is accessible and hands-on. Her desire to define spaces that are place makers for others express the need for more fluid conversations about feminism, gender, and class issues. Marsh regards her practice as multilayered and transformative and it is often participatory. She supports the activation of uncommon sites. Marsh received her MFA from Yale University School of Art and a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Marsh has exhibited nationally at venues including Dimensions Variable, Miami, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Printed Matter, Field Projects, Newman Popiashvili Gallery, and Tilton Gallery in NY. She is a current artist in residence at Mana Contemporary.
Stephanie Marie Garcia is the Head of Special Collections & Archives for the Miami-Dade Public Library System which includes the Helen Muir Florida Collection, 16mm Film Collection, and The Vasari Project. For nearly 15 years, she has worked in administrative, curatorial, and research fields within the art world which have allowed her to refine and evolve her interests in collections management, cultural material preservation, and archives assessment. She has worked with international artists, artist estates, and private art collections like the Rubell Family Collection (Miami, FL) and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection (Venice, Italy). In 2016, she was awarded the American Research Library’s Career Enhancement Fellowship program and completed her fellowship with the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University. She is most focused on how archives and libraries can help produce better connections among underrepresented communities.
Saul Ostrow is the founder of Critical Practices Inc an organization that fosters research, teaching and practices dedicated to social and cultural change.He has five decades of experience in the contemporary art world. He was acting head of MFA studio program at New York University, Director of the Center for Visual Art and Culture at The University of Connecticut and Chair of Visual Arts and Technologies at The Cleveland Institute of Art. He is Art Editor at Large, at Bomb Magazine and was Editor of the Routledge book series Critical Voices in Art, Theory and Culture.
May 5, 2021
7 – 9 p.m.
7 – 8:30 p.m. – Screening of How to Draw a Bunny
8:30 – 9 p.m. – Conversation with Laura Marsh, Stephanie Marie Garcia, and Saul Ostrow