Em Rooney will offer an audio-essay on the libido and American politics through the lens of personal relationships with popular media. This series of fictional and non-fictional vignettes will be embodied with props and prompts by the choreographer Mariana Valencia.
Em Rooney received a BA from Hampshire College in 2005 and an MFA from Tyler School of Art in 2011. In 2012 she attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include The Vanity East (Los Angeles), Raising Cattle (Montreal), Bodega (New York), Columbus College of Art and Design (Columbus), Andrew Edlin Gallery (New York), Bannerette (Brooklyn), The Good Press Gallery (Glasgow), Vox Populi (Philadelphia). Her writing has appeared in Art Papers, Performa Magazine, and The St. Claire. Rooney was a resident at The Shandaken Project at Storm King in 2015.
The Shandaken Project at Storm King offers free, process-focused residencies to cultural practitioners who work in an interdisciplinary capacity or affect change in their respective disciplines. This program is administrated by the Shandaken Project and held on the grounds of Storm King Art Center.
The Center for Experimental Lectures is an artist's project initiated by Gordon Hall that provides a platform to engage with the public lecture as a format. Since 2011 the Center for Experimental Lectures has commissioned 26 new lecture-performances at a variety of venues including Alderman Exhibitions (Chicago), Recess (NYC), MoMA PS1, and at the Whitney Museum of American Art presenting Seminars with Artists in conjunction with the 2014 Whitney Biennial. This is the fifth annual Labor Day collaboration with the Shandaken Project, also hosted last year at Storm King Art Center. Starting in 2016 Joseph Lubitz joins Gordon Hall as an organizing collaborator at the CEL. An archive including video and written transcripts can be found on the archive page of the website at experimentallectures.org.