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Published: 02/18/2008

Trappings: Stories of women, power and clothing

What do you wear that makes you feel powerful?
WHEN: June 13 - August 16, 2008

EVENTS: Opening reception: Friday, June 13, 6-8pm music with CK Barlow
Panel Discussion: Saturday, June 14, 2pm
Downtown Artscrawl: Friday, August 15, 5-8pm

WHERE: 516 Central Avenue SW, between 5th & 6th Streets, Downtown Albuquerque
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 12-5pm

What do you wear that makes you feel powerful?
516 ARTS is the exclusive New Mexico host of the national traveling exhibition called Trappings, created
by Two Girls Working, the collaboration by artists Tiffany Ludwig and Renee Piechocki. The exhibition tour
is in conjunction with the release of their book of the same title. Their artwork Trappings begins by asking
women to respond to the question: what do you wear that makes you feel powerful? Two Girls Working have
interviewed over 530 women in fi fteen states. Through its multiple parts Trappings ignites conversations about
the meaning and expression of power.

The exhibition includes a two-fl oor installation at 516 ARTS as well as project images on bus panels on the
downtown D-Ride buses and on banners along Central Avenue and billboards around Albuquerque. Two Girls
Working use a voicemail system that offers an audio work to accompany each print, allowing bus riders to dial
a phone number from their cell phones to actually hear the woman telling her story. Ride the free D-ride buses
and walk along Central Avenue downtown to take in the full exhibition.

Many New Mexico women are included in this project, including thirty recent participants selected by
the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the South Valley Economic Development Center and the Zuni Indian Reservation.

This project is made possible in part by grants from Bernalillo County and the New Mexico Humanities
Council. For more information, please visit www.twogirlsworking.com.

 
Sound Artist CK Barlow
Friday, June 13, 6-8pm at the opening for Trappings
CK Barlow is a composer, performer, and sound designer, performs with the
ensembles Out of Context and mJane and as a soloist, constructing pieces based
on a variety of fi eld recordings. CK frequently composes for Albuquerque’s Tricklock
Theater and has provided music for fi ve independent fi lms and several video artists
and choreographers. CK’s writing has been published in MIT’s Computer Music
Journal and Leonardo Music Journal.

Trappings Panel Discussion
Saturday, June 14, 2pm
The public is invited to join in the discussion of this question and its many implications with guest artists
Two Girls Working, local scholars and participants. One simple question can elicit a response as widely
divergent as the backgrounds, attitudes and social mores of those participating in, or simply viewing,
the project. Trappings is a storytelling project which is based in oral histories and community dialogue
that examines the way we identify ourselves and others. Trappings presents images and oral histories
that describe the range and diversity of background, identity and attitude among women. Scholars on
the panel include Kathy Freise (Ph.D. in American Studies, freelance writer) and Linda B. Hall (Ph.D. in
Contemporary Latin American History, currently writing the biography Delores Del Rio: Icon of Beauty
in Two Cultures).

ABOUT 516 ARTS
516 ARTS is a nonprofi t arts venue presenting collaborative programs with museums and organizations
in the region and beyond. 516 ARTS offers free gallery talks, educational tours, music and poetry
performances year-round at the newly renovated 5500 square foot museum-style gallery space in the
center of Downtown Albuquerque. For more information, please visit www.516arts.org
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