Tammy Kinsey, UT professor of film, showed one of her works, “Cavellini on Ice,” in New York City last month.The film was shown at WhiteBox in New York City as part of the Cavellini Festival, a three-day celebration of the Italian artist held at WhiteBox, Lynch Tham, Richard L. Feigen & Co. Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art.
Kinsey made the piece with artist and filmmakerJean Kusina. “Cavellini on Ice” is both a tribute to the late artist as well as a parody of artistic self-promotion.
“When Cavellini coined the term ‘autostoricizzazione,’ which means self-historicization, he embarked on an unmatched journey of self-promotion that has left him much beloved by creative spirits everywhere and in a unique place in art history,” Kinsey said. “Yet on the 100th anniversary of his birth, Cavellini himself might have been surprised by the vast sea of promotional press releases, publicity photos and the barrage of social media that seem to be more about promoting the artist rather than making art matter.
“In a nod to Cavellini, this short, experimental film pokes fun at the shameless self-promotional tactics that artists sometimes employ to try to make a name for themselves,” Kinsey said.
In addition to their individual artistic and scholarly productions, Kinsey and Kusina frequently collaborate on works as an artistic partnership, The Kinsinas.
Watch “Cavellini on Ice” at http://utole.do/cavellini.