POSTPONED: Stas Orlovski and Holly Willis in Conversation at the Wende Museum

Stas Orlovski and Holly Willis in Conversation at the Wende Museum
Friday, March 27, 2020
7 p.m.: Reception 
8 p.m.: Discussion 

Please join artist Stas Orlovski and scholar Holly Willis for a conversation about Orlovski’s work in conjunction with his installation, Running Man currently on view at the Wende Museum Guardhouse. 

Running Man transforms the guardhouse from a symbol of surveillance and oppression into a magic lantern where disparate histories merge, intermingle and collide. Orlovski's Running Man occupies the guardhouse with 3 projected, stop-motion animations that explore themes of loss, memory, and migration. Drawing on the structure's Cold War past and its current proximity to Sony Picture Studios, the work references Russian children's books, Soviet-era animation, Malevich’s Suprematism, Hans Richter’s experimental films, and Eadweard Muybridge’s early motion pictures. Orlovski and Willis will discuss the artist’s use of projection and stop-motion animation and delve into ideas about collective memory, forgotten history, and psychological space. 

Stas Orlovski is a Los Angeles-based visual artist whose work includes painting, drawing, sculpture, and animation. Orlovski was born in Kishinev, Moldova, in 1969. When he was a child, his family fled the Soviet Union to Tel Aviv, then Paris and eventually settled in Toronto, Canada. Orlovski has exhibited widely in galleries and museums throughout the United States.

Holly Willis is the Associate Dean of Research in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, where she also serves as a Professor in the Media Arts + Practice Division. She is the author of Fast Forward: The Future(s) of the Cinematic Arts and New Digital Cinema: Reinventing the Moving Imageas well the editor of both The New Ecology of Thingsa collection of essays about ubiquitous computing, and David O. Russell: Interviews.

In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Wende Museum will be postponing all public programs through Sunday, April 5. At this time, the museum and the exhibition The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain remain open to visitors during regular public hours, Friday–Sunday. We will continue to follow the advice of local public health officials to ensure a safe environment at the Armory campus.