Mar 23 2016

Lecture and Performance | Casey Jane Ellison: The Fake Art of Sex and the City

Wed | 7pm

Casey Jane Ellison Sex and the City


On the occasion of FADE IN, join Casey Jane Ellison for a profound exploration of the most overlooked aspect of Sex and the City― Charlotte York’s line of work, A.K.A. Art.

“There is a theory many believe that the four characters from Sex and the City make up one whole woman. Each of them represent four different components of the contemporary female psyche of that time (late 90s, 2000s). Many also believe Charlotte to be the least interesting contribution as she is a repressed WASP who worked in a Chelsea gallery. As reflected in the show, the female connection to Art is sometimes stilted, conservative and unapproachable, similar to Charlotte herself. Was this an accurate depiction? She quit the gallery in Season 4 just after marrying and Art didn’t appear again in the show as a theme or subject until Carrie started dating a fake renowned minimalist impetuous artist who fake accidentally slapped her and whom she dumped for the corporate and cold, Big. The fake work from the show were mostly used as support for plot in the episodes, but what else did the fake art add? Why did Charlotte work in a commercial contemporary gallery and not a design firm? What can we learn from the fake art of one of the most popular and lucrative shows to ever be on television? What other questions did the fake art of Sex and the City leave us with?” – Casey Jane Ellison

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Casey Jane Ellison is a writer, comedian and artist. Born and raised in Los Angeles, the bicoastal bisexual writes, directs, animates and performs. She is the creator, writer and host of Touching the Art, a talk show featured on Ovation TV. She recently completed writing, directing and starring in a ‘branded content sitcom,’ called The Right and Left Brains of Casey Jane’s for the clothing label, BB Dakota. She was a selected artist in the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial. Ellison performs stand up comedy across the country in clubs, galleries, museums, events and indoor and outdoor areas. She curates and hosts panels, talks and lectures across the country as well. Her approach to varying subjects is a winning combination of righteousness, blind curiosity, self-indulgence and fear. Her videos have been shown at MoMA PS1, Museum of Art and Design, The New Museum in New York, MAMA in the Netherlands, and MOCA in Los Angeles among others. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The LA Times, The Guardian and more.

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