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Rape, Representation, and Radicality |TFAP@CAA: The Feminist Art Project Day of Panels at the Annual College Art Association Conference 2019

February 16, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

8:30am – 5:30pm | This event is free and open to the public.

Intersectional feminist art has long dealt with the oppressions and violations stemming from colonialism, slavery, and couverture. Rape, Representation, and Radicality is a full-day symposium that will explore sex, power, and justice through intersectional art and activism, academics, and healing. The forum brings academic study, intellectual discourse, and visceral candor together to create a shared space and to demand bodily autonomy.

Rape, Representation, and Radicality will address how sexual assault has affected feminist art practices, and who has power and why. What institutional changes are needed to work towards sexual justice, and how do race and gender impact the experiences and responses within the context of contemporary feminist discourse? The hidden legacy of Women of Color, within the conversation about sexual violence, sexual empowerment, artistic praxis, and art history, must be re-contextualized and revised to be included accurately. The current cultural narrative around sexual violence necessitates re-orientation to include those who are left out of the conversation. This forum will present strategies to understand, rectify, reclaim and move forward towards healing.

Symposium Chairs:
Christen Clifford (Independent Artist; The New School) and Jasmine Wahi (School of Visual Arts; Project for Empty Space)



8:30am – 10am
Welcome and Introductory remarks:
Connie Tell, The Feminist Art Project, Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University 
Christen Clifford
, Independent Artist, and The New School; and Jasmine Wahi, School of Visual Arts, and Project for Empty Space

The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S.
Presenter: Monika Fabijanska, (Independent Curator)

Sexing the Canvas: The Rape of the Black Female Body in Art
Presenter: Indira Bailey (Penn State School of Visual Arts)

10:30am – 12pm
Gender, Sexuality, and Power: Social Activist Art Practices
Panelists: María Magdalena Campos-Pons (Vanderbilt University), Emma Sulkowicz (Independent Artist; Resident Artist, Museum of Arts and Design), Prerecorded: Suzanne Lacy (University of Southern California) and Leslie Labowitz (Independent Artist; Entrepreneur), Moderator: Vivien G. Fryd (Vanderbilt University)

12pm – 12:30pm    LUNCH BREAK

12:30pm – 2:00pm
Taking Back the Narrative Conversation between Jaishri Abichandani (Independent Artist) and Christen Clifford, (Independent Artist; The New School)

Bad Woman Katya Grokhovsky
Action IV Castellanos
Operation Catsuit
Ayana Evans

2pm – 3:30pm
Rewriting Narratives in the #MeToo Moment

Panelists: Natalie Frank (Independent Artist), Carmen Hermo (Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art), Naima Ramos-Chapman (Writer/Director, Random Acts of Flyness!)

4pm – 5:30pm
Looking for Sexual Justice
Representing Sexual Violence Across Film and Video Art
Presenters: Kalliopi Minioudaki (Independent Scholar) What Rape Has to Do with Nanas? Niki de Saint Phalle’s “Daddy.”, and Talia Lugacy (The New School) Silence in Descent

Visible Invisibility: WoC in the Context of the #MeToo Movement
Presenters: Maria Hupfield (Independent Artist), Viva Ruiz (Independent Artist), Scheherazade Tillet (A Long Walk Home), Jasmine Wahi (School of Visual Arts; Project for Empty Space)

Healing Exercise and Finale
Christen Clifford and Jasmine Wahi

wheelchair accessible

Content Warning: Representatives from the Rutgers University Office of Violence Prevention & Victim Assistance will be present throughout the day.

As part of the Day of Panels, there will be an installation by Liliana Dirks-Goodman, House 1, 2, 3.
What Rape Has to Do with Nanas? Niki de Saint Phalle’s “Daddy.”
Can be watched in entirety on Vimeo February 10 – 25, 2019 (Pswd:NdSP) Courtesy of the Niki Charitable Art Foundation

Follow the digital exhibition on IG @rapeandrepresentation #TFAPatCAA #CAA2019 #RapeRepresentationRadicality / Make art about rape and representation? Submit to

For more information contact:
Connie Tell
Director, The Feminist Art Project
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
640 Bartholomew Road #125a
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: 848-932-3726






February 16, 2019
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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New York Hilton Midtown, Trianon Ballroom, 3rd Floor
1335 Avenue of the Americas 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10019 United States