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Wall mural and ceramic objects on plinths

Fragments and Fictions Celebration

Wed August 17, 2022 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Diane Wolfe Lecture
Free. No registration necessary

Come meet the artists and celebrate the Community Arts Space presentation Fragments and Fictions by Z’otz* Collective (Nahúm Flores, Erik Jerezano, and Ilyana Martínez). The installation features ceramic works created by Z’otz* Collective during their residency in the Gardiner Museum’s Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney Community Clay Studio, presented alongside objects from the Museum’s Ancient Americas collection.

In addition to the ceramic works, Z’otz* Collective will present a series of drawings that will be shown beside a large-scale mural that they will create live in the space from August 12 – 16.

This free public celebration will also feature cellist, Emma Schmiedecke, a strong advocate for contemporary music and innovative collaboration, who will mirror the artworks with her vibrant interpretation of classical and contemporary cello.

About Z’otz* Collective

Since 2004, Z’otz* Collective has been working across various media, including drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and site-specific installations. The collective’s name derives from the Mayan word for bat, an animal associated with vision, dreaming, and intuition in Mayan culture. Their work riffs off this association by creating whimsical figures in dreamscapes that reimagine ancient and Indigenous forms.

About Emma Schmiedecke

Emma Schmiedecke, a cellist and co-founder of Duo Caprice, is a core member of OrchestraOne NYC. Schmiedecke is a strong advocate for contemporary music and innovative collaboration. She has worked closely with numerous composers and has performed with the Da Capo Chamber Players, the American Composers Orchestra, Fifth House Ensemble, and Against the Grain Theatre Company, among others. Schmiedecke attends the University of Toronto School of Music as a doctoral candidate in Cello Performance and is a teaching assistant for the Department of Strings and the Contemporary Music Ensemble. She also holds degrees from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Bard College Conservatory, and Bard College.

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