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Hijacked Mastery, Metaphysical Mystery: The Films of Hannah Piper Burns

In conjunction with her exhibition Venus Retrograde on view in the Portland Art Museum’s APEX gallery, we welcome visual artist and filmmaker Hannah Piper Burns. Her short films, with an eye towards re-contextualization, stake claim to and adopt the imagery of text, pop music, and dislodged scenes from classic cinematic musicals. Among her “mash ups” are If I Were a Man (2008), juxtaposing the swagger and grace of the Jets and Sharks with the question “if I were a man, what kind of man would I be?”; Over the Anvil (2009), which pits Gene Kelly dancing against one wondering “Do I have it in me, enough for us both?”; Mermaid Blues (2009), which combines the aquatic dancing of Esther Williams with an ongoing inner dialogue about “the lifecycle of an identity”; and Outer Darkness and Skincare Tips (2016), which utilize commercials and mass media television to explore connections between content, viewer, and emotional relationships.   

Come early for a reception at 6pm and take a moment to go up into the APEX gallery to view Hannah’s installation.

Other Films by Hannah Piper Burns

Outer Darkness

What happens when the monotony of “reality” television becomes quite real for one of its subjects and thus its audience as well. The Real Unreality Award.