Mystic Leaders of Southern California, 1890s-1930s
Friday, May 13, 2016, 7-9pm
We will learn about these women, some of whom have been otherwise lost to history, and trace their (often unacknowledged) influence across the years as a way of understanding the potential sites for female spiritual leadership in our present moment. Their urgent and sometimes bizarre attempts to manifest an ideal world into being in times of profound global uncertainty vibrates particularly in our present of political extremism and war; our environmentally devastated, potentially apocalyptic future.
Maya Gurantz is an artist in video, performance, installation and site specific social practice.Her work has been shown by the MCA Denver, the Oakland Museum, High Desert Test Sites 2013, Autonomie Gallery, LA><ART, and Movement Research at Judson Church, among others. She’s been written about in Art21, The Atlantic, FastCompany, and Westword, among others. Her own writing has appeared in Notes on Looking, The Awl, This American Life, Avidly at The LA Review of Books, RECAPS Magazine, InDance, and a recent anthology, CRuDE, published by the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art, Bourges. For over a decade, she’s also created site-specific, community-researched projects in locations as diverse as rural Mississippi and Silicon Valley. In collaboration with Ellen Sebastian Chang, her first public video commission, Hole in Space (Oakland Redux), was recently recognized as the best public art installation in 2015 by the East Bay Express. She teachs at UC Santa Barbara.