​Martha Rosler (photo by Jean Noël Schramm)

For half a century, feminist art has incorporated radical critiques of various forms of inequality and injustice, from political corruption to sexism in the art world itself. As part of the 106th annual College Art Association conference, the Feminist Art Project at Rutgers University will be presenting a day-long symposium, Feminism and the State: Art, Politics, and Resistance. Organized by curators Jamillah James of the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), and Lanka Tattersall of Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the event will focus on contemporary forms of feminist resistance and their historical precedents. Speakers will also talk about strategies beyond art — including archiving, the internet, and collective groups — to resist patriarchy.

Discussion topics range from “Borders, Bodies, and Access to Knowledge as Power,” to “The Web as Political Space,” and “Activism, Representation, and Collective Space,” with a wide variety of panelists including artists Gelare KhoshgazaranMartine Syms, and Guadalupe Rosales, writer Litia Perta, curator Ceci Moss, and Sarah Williams of the Women’s Center for Creative Work. The keynote speaker will be artist Martha Rosler, whose work and writings have been influential documents of feminist art. The event is free and open to the public. Priority tickets are available to MOCA members one hour before the program. Non-member tickets will be released 15 minutes before the program.

When: Saturday, February 24, 10am–4:30pm
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) Grand (250 South Grand Ave., Downtown, Los Angeles)

More info at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

Matt Stromberg

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, CARLA, Apollo, ARTNews, and other publications.

One reply on “The History and Future of Feminist Resistance in Art”

  1. It would be great if the future could start now . . . if, from now and forever, instead of that phrase “Women and Artists of Color” we could begin to more accurately say “Artists of Color and White Women.”

    If only we could time travel . . . go back and change all those old posters whose phrases haunt us now!

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