"Scarlet Empress" (top) and "The Last Concert of Marlene Dietrich" by Sue Kosmalski
UTSA Satellite Space presents 'Marlene Dietrich: Angelus Novus'
(Feb. 17, 2005)--The UTSA Department of Art and Art History presents the exhibit, "Marlene Dietrich: Angelus Novus," Feb. 18-March 6 at the UTSA Satellite Space in the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center. The exhibit features manipulated images of the film star by UTSA visiting artist Suzanne Kosmalski.
An opening reception, free and open to the public, is 6-9 p.m., Feb. 18 at the Satellite Space, 115 Blue Star, South Alamo and Probandt streets. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m., Friday-Sunday, or by appointment.
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With manipulated images of the mid-20th century films and later concerts of Marlene Dietrich, the exhibition responds to the public career of the German chanteuse and actress. Kosmalski's tribute includes a video installation, animation, sculpture and digital prints.
According to the artist, she pictures the legendary icon as an "angel of history through the gaze and sound of media." Kosmalski's process included extensive research and a lengthy development process.
For the minute-long projected video, she digitally altered 700 still images from Dietrich's entry onto the stage for her last concert. Each frame was imported into a computer program to play back in a repeating video sequence with adjusted color and speed. In the video loop, Dietrich enters and exits the stage -- arriving, yet not arriving.
Still photos in the exhibit are from black-and-white feature films of the period. Giclee prints, which involve a digital archival print process, were altered and colorized to match record covers of the periods represented in the exhibition prints.
The exhibition was inspired by the Paul Klee painting of the same name and the Walter Benjamin poem, "Poem of History." As a witness of the 20th Century from the cabaret, cinema and the live stage, Dietrich was a persona shaped by Berlin of the 1920s. Created in a world rife with change, the works anticipate the speed and fury of progress with Dietrich presented as an embodiment of a world in flux.
Kosmalski earned a master of fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She has exhibited at the Walker Art Center and Soap Factory in Minneapolis.
For more information, contact Julie Shipp, UTSA Satellite Space, at (210) 212-7146 or (214) 532-0220.