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Warm Worlds and Otherwise: Brittany Nelson and Danishta Rivero


  • Harnett Museum of Art 28 Westhampton Way Richmond, VA (map)
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LECTURE AND PERFORMANCE - Thursday, October 4, 6:00-8:00 PM, Modlin Center for the Arts, performance by musician Danishta Rivero, introduced by the artist

RECEPTION - Thursday, October 4, 6:00-8:00 PM

Brittany Nelson’s work appropriates and distorts processes from nineteenth-century photography to question representation as photographic ideal. In chemically manipulating traditional mordançage and tintype techniques, she causes unprecedented reactions in the materials which result in abstract imagery. In her most recent practice, Nelson (American, born 1984) borrows from found material such as NASA photographs of the surface of Mars. By applying techniques such as the pictorial bromoil method to these images, she translates between analog and digital media, resulting in prints that warp not only the surface and constitutive photographic features but also question the content on view.  In this exhibition, she collaborates with the musician, sound artist, and vocalist Danishta Rivero (American, born 1978) on a live performance calling to mind messages sent back to Earth from outer space, resonating with the works on view.

Earlier Event: October 4
Stanya Kahn: Lecture
Later Event: October 5
Art Junction Chili Throwdown