News and notes from the San Antonio art scene

This month, the Bower's main gallery features "Behind the Pedestal," a collaborative video by LA-based artists Kirsten Stoltmann and Sterling Ruby. The husband-and-wife creative team creates provocative work that explores aspects of their relationship, intertwining love, sex, and art. The couple cleverly elevates the act of lovemaking into a performance, the dirty details of which remain hidden behind - you guessed it - a pedestal.

Work by Fort Worth-based Brian Fridge and Salt Lake City resident Lance Clayton hang in the living gallery at the space. Fridge's video work has been exhibited at Contemporary Art Month in Houston and the 2000 Whitney Biennial. Photogravure prints of stills from his 2003 ArtPace residency project are on exhibit, next to Clayton's figurative black-and-white photographs. The Bower is located at 1114 S. St. Mary's St. Both Bower exhibits run through October 31.

Monday, September 22 through Wednesday, September 24, John Handhardt, Senior Curator of Film and Media Arts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, will be at the Austin Museum of Art, Downtown (823 Congress Ave., at the corner of Ninth and Congress). He will present his three-day lecture series on the unique aesthetic of the moving image. The series was originally presented at the Guggenheim in conjuction with the artist Matthew Barney's popular Cremaster films.

The first Handhardt lecture, "Constructing Narratives," deals with distinctive cinematography, schools of acting, and the stylized genre films of innovative commercial film directors like Baz Luhrman and Ridley Scott. On Tuesday, Handhardt will tackle camera movement, editing techniques, and composition in a lecture entitled "Shaping Space and Time," referencing everything from the films of Jean-Luc Godard to recent video work by artist Bill Viola. Handhardt's last lecture, "Creating a Scene," explores the effects of design, costumes, lighting, and color theory in framing any narrative, both traditional and nontraditional. His discussion will include a critique of Isaac Julien's latest opus, Paradise Omeros, a three-channel installation piece that will be on view in ArtPace's Hudson Showroom from October 30 to January 18.

Series tickets to Handhardt's lectures are $60 each or $25 per lecture. Call 512-323-6280, or e-mail [email protected] for details. •

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