August 25 (Sunday)
2–4 p.m.

Collaborate with one of the artists whose work is included our big summer exhibition An Essential Presence. Maren Hassinger will be at the Museum to perform “Women’s Work,” a participatory performance in which she collaborates with her audience to manipulate newspaper into fibers and then uses those to create a sculpture. The first “Women’s Work” took place in 2006 in Paris with an all-female cast; since then Hassinger has performed this piece many places and so it’s now become everyone’s work–all are welcome! Free

For more than four decades Maren Hassinger has worked as a sculptor and performance artist. The former director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute and College of Art, she creates work that explores equality and working together. She has received awards from prestigious foundations including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award, Anonymous Was a Woman, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Her work has been featured in several important nationally touring exhibitions, including Now Dig This!: Art of Black Los Angeles 1960–1980; Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists; and Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art. Her solo shows include The Spirit of Things, a retrospective of sculpture, video, drawing, and photo documentation of performances at the Baltimore Museum of Art  and Maren Hassinger . . . Dreaming at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Her commissioned by the Studio Museum in Harlem is on view until late spring 2019. It is a site-specific public art installation entitled Monuments consisting of eight sculptures constructed out of branches in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem, NY. Hassinger currently lives and works in New York City and is represented by the Susan Inglett Gallery.