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Fredi Schiff Levin Lecture: SALLY Project

Image: Sasha Chavchavadze, “No Words”, Installation Shot, SALLY Brooklyn Exhibition, Artpoetica


Sasha Chavchavadze is the founder of Proteus Gowanus, an interdisciplinary exhibition/event space that was a cultural hub in Brooklyn for ten years. Her paintings, drawings, and installations have been exhibited widely, including: Luise Ross Gallery; Cooper Union Gallery; Rotunda Gallery; Kentler International Drawing Space; and Arkansas Art Center. Her work has been presented in MoMA workshops, TEDxGowanus and on BRIC TV, and published in Cabinet and Bomb magazines, and as a book (Museum of Matches, Proteotypes 2011).

JoAnne McFarland is Artistic Director of Artpoetica Project Space in Gowanus, Brooklyn which focuses on the intersection of words, visual art, performance, and installation. Her past exhibitions include: Mending at 440 Gallery in Brooklyn, Both Directions at Once at KALA Art Institute in Berkeley, CA, and The Black Artist as Activist at The Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn. McFarland’s artwork is part of the public collections of the Library of Congress, the Columbus Museum of Art, and Dynegy Inc. among others. Her latest poetry collection is the digital bookwork Tracks of My Tears.

The co-curators will be discussing the SALLY Project, which has work on display at The Wellfleet Historical Society; FARM Project Space; WHEN Studio, and a virtual exhibition at The Wellfleet Public Library.

SALLY Wellfleet brings together twenty–three artists, writers, and historians intrigued by how the quest for intimacy can alter the trajectory of a woman’s life. Some explore the narratives of women, like Sally Hemings, whose destinies are inextricably interwoven with those they knew, and whose lives have often been erased or forgotten. Others infuse their work and methodologies with an urgency that underscores their compulsion to map their own and others’ undaunted passion and drive.

DNA evidence confirms that Sarah ‘Sally’ Hemings and Thomas Jefferson had several children together. While a teenager in France with Jefferson’s family, Hemings had a chance at full freedom, but returned to America with Jefferson in 1791 when he was 47 years old. Many historians believe Hemings was already pregnant with her first child by Jefferson when she returned. She lived out most of her life as a slave on Jefferson’s Monticello plantation, in quarters adjacent to his that have recently been restored.

About the Fredi Schiff Levin Lectures:

In its 18th year, the Fredi Schiff Levin lecture series welcomes artists, art historians, curators, and authors to speak at PAAM, both in conjunction with exhibitions and as independent scholars. The lecture series was established in honor of artist Fredi Schiff Levin, an active member of Provincetown’s arts community from the 1960s until her passing in 2002. We extend our deepest gratitude to the Levin family, who graciously sponsors this series, and to Amy Davies and Provincetown Television for filming the series.