The Women Printmakers of Austin presents Kristina Hagman: The Eternal Party and 36 Views of Mt. Rainier Art Exhibition
The literary community and fine arts community are teaming up to welcome artist and author Kristina Hagman to Austin. Hagman will be presenting her new book and a suite of intricate woodblock prints over the course of two events.
At Malvern Books, Hagman will read from The Eternal Party. In the book Kristina recounts the multi-generational stories that led to huge stardom, not just once but twice, as both her grandmother Mary Martin (who played Peter in Peter Pan on Broadway) and her father, known for two very different roles, first, as the comedic character of Tony Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie and later as the villainous J.R. in Dallas. The book is as much a spiritual search for truth as it is an exposé on celebrity life. At her father’s side on his deathbed, Kristina heard her father keep repeating, “forgive me” before he passed. Searching for clues as to what he meant, Kristina delves into her father’s past and details life within fame. Determined to tell her story, Hagman overcame struggles with dyslexia and ADHD to complete the book.
Her suite of woodblock prints, 36 Views of Mt. Rainier, will be on display at the Bone Black Gallery in the Canopy arts complex. The suite of prints is inspired by Hokusai’s collection 36 Views of Mt Fuji. Hagman, like Hokusai, utilizes the mountain as a point of entry into exploring landscape from many angles. She produces these works using a blend of traditional and modern techniques, and will be giving a presentation about her process as the first part of the reception for the exhibition.
Followiong the opening reception on July 2, the exhibition will run until July 24.