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AADL Talks To: Pat Oleszko, Performance Artist and Queen of the Ann Arbor Film Festival

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Pat Oleszko, circa 1971 and March 2024

In this episode AADL Talks to Pat Oleszko, visual and performance artist and Queen of the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Pat came to the University to study art in the late 1960s just as the program was experiencing a countercultural renaissance. She talks with us about her journey as an artist, from the vibrant experimental and collaborative arts community that welcomed her, to the institutions and events like the ONCE Group, the city's film festivals, and the Ozone Parade that shaped her and that she helped shape in turn. Pat also recalls some favorite performances and clashes with both feminists and law enforcement as she charted her inimitable career.

Casa Dominick's, 812 Monroe St, May 23, 2023 Photographer: Steve Jensen

Casa Dominick's, 812 Monroe St, May 23, 2023 image
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2023

Casa Dominick's, 812 Monroe St, May 5, 2022 Photographer: Steve Jensen

Casa Dominick's, 812 Monroe St, May 5, 2022 image
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2022

Casa Dominick's, May 13, 2020 Photographer: Amy Cantu

Casa Dominick's, May 13, 2020 image
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2020

Casa Dominick's, May 13, 2020 Photographer: Amy Cantu

Casa Dominick's, May 13, 2020 image
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2020