September 14, 2018

See “Alice” and the exhibition it inspired Sept. 18

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alice streamSee a free screening of the film “Alice” alongside a tour with artist Stacey Holloway of her exhibition “Not to be Otherwise,” Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The 6:30 p.m. film screening and tour are presented by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. This stop-motion animated film is a faithful re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” with a surrealist style. “Alice,” directed by Czech filmmaker Jan Svankmajer, was released in 1989. Holloway selected the film for its co-inspiration and quote for the title of her exhibition “Not to be Otherwise.”

Holloway, assistant professor of sculpture in the CAS Department of Art and Art History, was awarded the 2017 SECAC Artist’s Fellowship. The resulting exhibition, “Not to be Otherwise,” focuses on interspecies bonds and considers universal experiences of alienation, isolation and longing, Holloway says. In a surreal, immersive installation featuring a life-size bison and scores of porcelain rabbits, squirrels, birds and bees patterned with Blue Willow floral and arabesque patterns, the exhibition takes a topsy-turvy turn on the trope of the bull in a china shop.

The language spoken in the film is English. Due to some frightening images, this film has a suggested rating of PG by the MPAA, and may not be suitable for young children.

Also on show at AEIVA is the 2018 SECAC Juried Members exhibition. It features 55 works by 43 artists across all media, including painting, photography, printmaking, design, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, video and installation. Both exhibitions are on display through Oct. 20 at AEIVA.

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