The City of West Hollywood announces the debut of the next exhibition in the Moving Image Media Art (MIMA) program and the world debut of THREE STRONG WOMEN DIRECTORS, a collection of three short films by artist Sabrina Gschwandtner. The THREE FABULOUS WOMEN DIRECTORS Movie I will air at the beginning of each hour, followed by Movie II and Movie III at 20 and 40 minutes after every hour on Streamlined Gazebo billboard located at 9157 Sunset Boulevard on the Sunset Strip from Saturday, October 1, 2022 through Tuesday, January 31, 2023.
MIMA is an ongoing exhibition series of moving image media artworks on multiple digital billboards at various locations along Sunset Boulevard. The goals of the MIMA program are to promote cultural equity, expand accessibility, inspire communication, create public space, and enhance the human experience of the Sunset Strip. Among the most resonant and applicable themes that MIMA seeks to present is the concept of recovery in relation to communities that have been rendered invisible by injustice.
Sabrina Gschwandtner explores the historical erasure of work done by women in film throughout her career. By creating kaleidoscopic moving image “quilts” of meticulously manipulated historical footage, Gschwandtner’s work performs an act of historical correction, restoring the names and works of under-recognized female filmmakers from the silent era, where intricate tailoring skills translate their handiwork perfectly into the rigorous to weave a fascinating film. Gschwandtner’s expressive films fill meaningless gaps in Hollywood’s past, but they also exist as beautiful, mesmerizing moments in their own right, flickering across the city’s west end, confidently leading us home.
Sabrina Gschwandtner’s works composed of film, video, photography and textiles were recently presented at The sum of the parts, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles and in a solo exhibition at Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles. Gschwandtner’s work has been exhibited internationally in museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum; the Victoria and Albert Museum; The Museum of Arts and Design, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, among many others. Her works are held in the permanent collections of LACMA, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the RISD Museum, the Mint Museum, the Philbrook Museum, the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at the Rollins Collect, and the Carl and Marilyn Thoma Art Foundation, among other public and private collections worldwide. Gschwandtner was born in Washington, D.C., earned an MFA from Bard College, and received a 2019 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Fellowship for Artists.
The Moving Image Media Art (MIMA) Program is a City of West Hollywood exhibition series administered by the City’s Arts Department as part of its Arts Outside Program and presented as part of the Sunset Arts and Advertising Program “. MIMA offers artists the opportunity and funding to create immediate, remarkable and ambitious artworks that engage with the unique visual landscape of the world-famous Sunset Strip and experiment with cutting-edge high-definition digital signage technology.
MIMA allows artists to occupy, contest and play with the boundaries and uses of public space and to exhibit moments of connection and awe. Sabrina Gschwandtner was selected to exhibit from MIMA’s Pre-Qualified List, an ongoing open call for moving image media artists, curators and non-profit organizations, with applications reviewed twice annually by the City of West Hollywood Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission through November and May. MIMA’s pre-qualified roster includes a diverse list of artists from all career levels; from emerging to internationally recognized. https://www.weho.org/community/arts-and-culture/visual-arts/mima
The City of West Hollywood Arts Department provides a wide range of arts programs, including Art on the Outside (temporary public art), Arts Grants, City Poet Laureate, Free Theater in the Parks, Human Rights Speaker Series, Library Exhibits, WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, Summer Sounds + Winter Sounds, Urban Art (permanent public art) and WeHo Reads. For more information on arts programs in the City of West Hollywood, please visit www.weho.org/arts.
For more information about MIMA, please contact Rebecca Ehemann, Arts Manager for the City of West Hollywood, at (323) 848-6846 or at [email protected] For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.
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