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Place Setting by Amanda Rowan

Presented by Poet and the Bench and Mill Valley Film Festival and California Film Institute at Poet and the Bench, Mill Valley CA

Oct 03 2023
Dec 31 2023
Place Setting by Amanda Rowan

Dinner Party by Amanda Rowan, from the series Place Setting

Surrealist exploration of gender, class and domesticity through the lens of a 1970s dinner party

Exhibition Dates :
* October 3 – December 31

Join Poet and the Bench for the West Coast Premier of multimedia artist Amanda Rowan’s provocative Place Setting and Ritual self-portrait images and still lifes in conjunction with her short film Place Setting; the latter was selected for inclusion in the 46th Mill Valley Film Festival in October.

Highly performative, Rowan’s work tells timeless stories of domesticity through a cinematic lens. Within the film Place Setting, she plays a solitary housewife who creates and destroys a glamorous 1970s-style dinner party through retro gestures.

The film is a sculptural and performance piece that is at once a celebration of matriarchy and the art and flair of the hostess; while simultaneously eluding to collective generational trauma through its deconstruction.

“Unquestionably maximalist, Rowan’s “Ritual” pieces are styled with a collector’s eye.”

Raised in Mill Valley, this is Amanda’s return to her hometown with a narrative of the moment.

The Place Setting film and photographs take the notion of the forgotten and exploited females of the past, and the iconography associated with them, as a way to respond to contemporary mores– asking in what ways is depicting and performing the feminine a constraint and in what ways is it power?


Free Admission to most events at Poet and the Bench.
Tickets are required for the Mill Valley Film Festival screenings.

Contact: 415-569-4383

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Additional time info:

Place Setting Exhibition at Poet and/the Bench
Tuesday, October 3, 5:30-7:30 pm, Opening, Live Tablescape Installation
Saturday, October 7, 2:30-5:30 pm, Tea with Amanda
Place Setting, Ritual and Dramatic Landscapes On View Ongoing

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:30 am-5:00 pm;
Sunday, 11:00am-4:00 pm

Place Setting premiers at the 46th Mill Valley Film Festival
Monday, October 9, at 8:00 pm at the Rafael 3
Tuesday, October 10, at 2:00 pm at the Rafael 3


  • Film Trailer of the Short Film Place Setting by Amanda Rowan


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