This exhibition of material from The Museum of Modern Art Library, the Museum Archives, and the Museum's collection documents feminist critique of art institutions from 1969 to the present. Artists bring a particular sensibility to activism; as these documents show, feminist artists of the late twentieth century mobilized intellect, principle, material skills and, often, considerable wit to create powerful public communications, from printed matter to videos to Happenings. The diverse documentation on view is organized to reflect the movement's focus in five areas—theory and debate, art-historical revisionism, publishing, exhibiting, and actions and interventions—with the broader goal of situating the feminist future in the context of the feminist past.
Organized by Jennifer Tobias, Librarian, Collection Development, The Museum of Modern Art Library
Support is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art.
The Feminist Future: Theory and Practice in the Visual Arts
This symposium addresses critical questions surrounding the relationship between art and gender, bringing together international leaders in contemporary art, art history, and related disciplines. After the activism of the 1960s and '70s, and the revisionist critiques of the 1980s and '90s, this symposium will examine ways in which gender is currently addressed by artists, museums and the academy, and its future role in art practice and scholarship.
Lucy R. Lippard, writer and activist
Anne Wagner, Professor of Modern Art, Department of History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
Marina Abramovic, artist
Ute Meta Bauer, Associate Professor and Director of the Visual Arts Program, Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Connie Butler, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings, The Museum of Modern Art
Beatriz Colomina, Professor of Architecture and Director of the Program in Media and Modernity, Princeton University
Coco Fusco, artist and Associate Professor, Columbia University School of the Arts
Guerrilla Girls, Frida Kahlo and Kathe Kollwitz, two founding members of the feminist activist group
Salah Hassan, Professor of Art History and Director of African Studies and Research Center, Cornell University
David Joselit, Professor and Chair, Department of History of Art, Yale University
Geeta Kapur, critic and curator, New Delhi
Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University
Richard Meyer, Katherine Stein Sachs CW'69 and Keith L. Sachs W'67 Visiting Professor, Department of History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
Helen Molesworth, Chief Curator of Exhibitions, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University
Wangechi Mutu, artist
Griselda Pollock, Professor of the Social and Critical Histories of Art and Director of Centre for Cultural Analysis, History and Theory, University of Leeds
Martha Rosler, artist
Ingrid Sischy, Editor-in-Chief, Interview
Catherine de Zegher, curator and art historian, New York/Kortrijk, Belgium
Linda Nochlin, Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
The speaker list is subject to change.
The Feminist Future is entirely sold out for both Friday and Saturday. Depending on availability, additional tickets for the live event in the Titus 1 Theater and/or the video simulcast in the Bartos Theater may be released beginning at 9:30 a.m. on the mornings of Friday, January 26 (tickets for Friday only), and Saturday, January 27 (tickets for Saturday only).
An infrared sound amplification system is available for all programs held in the Titus Theaters.
The Feminist Future is made possible by The Modern Women's Fund.
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