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MARTHA WILSON: Staging the Self

(Transformations, Invasions, and Pushing Boundaries)

April 22-24

 
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We are thrilled to announce that we are bringing the foundational feminist performance artist, theorist, and curator MARTHA WILSON to campus next week! Wilson is offering a lecture and workshop called “Staging the Self: Transformations, Invasions, and Pushing Boundaries,” and before her visit we are screening her early video performance work and rare footage from her proto riot grrrl conceptual art band, DISBAND.

Wilson’s playfully irreverent work with feminist, queer, and gender performance in the 1970s was pioneering and foundational to the history of performance art and conceptual art, and her explorations of identity and embodiment in visual culture and mass media continue to inspire investigation of subjectivity, relationality, and performance in everyday life, calling attention to and disrupting social scripts of gender and sexuality. Her arts programming with Franklin Furnace is an important force for avant-garde, experimental, and marginalized art practices.

Screening:
Wednesday, April 22, 7:00pm
Vilas Hall (821 University Ave.)
Room 4070 (Parliamentary Room / Cinematheque)
We will screen Martha Wilson’s early video performance work, as well as rare footage from her proto riot grrrl conceptual art band DISBAND. Following the screening, we’ll discuss Wilson’s work in anticipation of her visit.

Lecture:
Thursday, April 23, 7:00pm
Vilas Hall (821 University Ave.)
Room 4070 (Parliamentary Room / Cinematheque)
In this lively and engaging public lecture, Martha Wilson will discuss her artwork as well as her arts programming.

Workshop:
Friday, April 24, 12:00pm
Elvehjem Building (800 University Ave.)
Room L170
This workshop will allow students and faculty to have a discussion with Martha Wilson in a more intimate format.
Email art.scholarship.mellon@gmail.com to RSVP.

If you would be interested in a studio visit or other conversation with Martha Wilson, contact art.scholarship.mellon@gmail.com — limited spots available.

Martha Wilson is an artist, scholar, and curator whose whose playfully irreverent work with feminist, queer, and gender performance was pioneering and foundational to the history of performance art and conceptual art. In the 1970s she emerged as a major video and performance artist, making innovative work that challenged social conventions, expanded the role of art in society, and increased the visibility of women in the art world. In addition to working with photography, performance art, and digital video, she also co-founded DISBAND, a feminist performance art band. Her work is collected by MoMA (Museum of Modern Art in NYC) and elsewhere, and she has received many awards including the Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Fellowship, Yoko Ono Courage Award for the Arts, a Bessie Award, and an Obie Award. In addition to her art practice she is committed to documenting and historicizing contemporary art practices as a scholar, writer, curator, and gallery director. An important force for arts programming and social engagement, she founded the organization Franklin Furnace in 1976, which champions avant-garde and experimental art practices and remains an important locus of arts programming currently supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Wilson’s explorations of identity and embodiment in visual culture and mass media continue to inspire investigation of subjectivity, relationality, and performance in everyday life, calling attention to and disrupting social scripts of gender and sexuality.

Presented by Art + Scholarship A.W. Mellon Workshop with generous support from the Center for the Humanities and Associated Students of Madison. Co-sponsored by Art History, Art, English, Communication Arts, and Center for Visual Cultures.

All events are free and open to the public.

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