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TFAP@CAA: Shares & Stakeholders: The Feminist Art Project Day of Panels at the 100th College Art Association Annual Conference 2012

February 25, 2012

9am – 5pm This event is free and open to the public.
Seating is limited.


Shares & Stakeholders: TFAP@CAA Day of Panels at the 100th College Art Association Annual Conference 2012


Welcome and Introductory Remarks

Co-organizers: Audrey Chan, J. Paul Getty Museum; Elana Mann, Scripps College

Feminist Art Education: Renewal and Revision
Chairs: Nancy Buchanan, California Institute of the Arts; Christine Wertheim, California Institute of the Arts
Panelists: Kaucyila Brooke, California Institute of the Arts; Claudia Slanar, California Institute of the Arts

What is the value of feminist arts pedagogy today? In the years since Judy Chicago initiated the first Feminist Art Program in 1970, women students have called for their own opportunities to define and discuss their relationship to feminism. At CalArts, twice in the past 15 years, students have unearthed the documents of the Feminist Art Program, and organized symposia to convene multiple feminist generations for discussion. What do current scholarship and art practices reflect, regarding feminism? Is there a need for women-only studio classes? Discussion, video by Vanalyne Green, participant of the Fresno and CalArts FAPs, an illustrated lecture on previously undiscovered 1970s work by scholar Claudia Slanar, and more.

Colleagues, Co-conspirators, and Partners: Perspectives from Feminist Men

Chairs: Audrey Chan, J. Paul Getty Museum; Elana Mann, Scripps College
Panelists: Tavia Nyong’o, New York University; Glenn Phillips, Getty Research Institute; Howard Singerman, University of Virginia

Looking back upon the history of feminism, it is evident that men have played a vital but under-recognized role in the feminist movement as colleagues, co-conspirators, and partners in the ongoing project of reimagining society and culture. This panel seeks to embrace the diversity of practitioners of feminist art scholarship today, particularly men who are influenced by and contribute to these expansive bodies of thought. Panelists will address such questions as: How has the professional training of artists been influenced by gender dynamics? Who were the men of the Feminist Art Movement? How has queer performativity shaped the way women and men make art together or independently? Panelists will also discuss their relationship to contemporary feminist discourse.

Lunch Break

Tactics are the New Strategy

Chair: Pilar Tompkins Rivas, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Artist Pension Trust
Panelists: Nao Bustamante, Independent Artist; Carolina Caycedo, Independent Artist; Sandra de la Loza, Independent Artist

Tactical stratagems in contemporary art may serve as devices that enable women artists to weave threads between multiple layers of public and private settings, feminist and post-colonialist discourse, and to navigate the complexities of a socio-political landscape. This panel discussion focuses on women’s artistic practices that are rooted in activist strategies and which address the nature of power structures throughout the Americas. Whether through guerilla-style tactics, institutional critique, urban intervention or subversive participation in mainstream media, artists examine radical politics, the effects of American policies and popular culture, institutionalized racism, and gender and economic inequities. Aligned with contemporary discourse about public practice, these artistic dialogs address participation in the economies of the art world leveraged by an engagement in alternative and informal economies.

Destabilizing a Destabilized Existence
Panelists: Zackary Drucker and A.L. Steiner, Independent Artists

Complicating notions of female realness and political identity, this open-format artist discussion will address intersections of queerness and feminism in art-making practice and as it manifests in the artists individual and collaborative film/video and photographic work. Referencing the rich history of feminist and radical queer art-making, the panelists will reflect on “outsider” identities, and how a potential future without gender binaries could catapult feminist identity into uncharted territory.

Artist, Woman, Human: Feminism in Practice

Chair: Anoka Faruqee, Yale University
Panelists: Mariángeles Soto-Díaz, University of Iowa; Erika Suderburg, University of California, Riverside

Materialist, pragmatist philosophies, such as the neo-humanism of Edward Said and engaged secular Buddhism, strive to define social theory apart from dogma and lament the lack of methodologies of “practice” (as in relation to the prosaic and the body, for example) in Western philosophical traditions. We will discuss conflicts between dogma and practice, defining “practice” as artistic, activist or even religious, with a focus on feminist histories. Ultimately, to address systemic inequities in society, including entrenched patriarchy, no gesture is too small. In 2012, social inequities can be subtle enough to seem invisible; and resistance may function in a similar way. The myth that activism must be singularly fierce to be committed needs to be challenged. We need to think of activism in the plural and open form. What shapes do activism and feminism take during the day: at home, in the classroom or in the studio?

Parking and Directions to MOCABus and Rail info (from L.A. Convention Center)
Museum: 213/626-6222
ACCESS : MOCA is committed to providing full and equal enjoyment of its services to all visitors. All MOCA locations are fully accessible;
wheelchairs can be requested at the information desk and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
A sign-language interpreter can be arranged upon request; ten days advance notice is required.
For more information, call Visitor Services at 213/621-1741.

For more information contact:
Connie Tell
The Feminist Art Project, Manager
191 College Ave., 2nd floor,
Institute for Women & Art @Rutgers
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 732-932-3726 x 16


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        Audrey Chan                                  Elana Mann
Documentation for this event will be held at the Feminist Art Projects Archives located at Rutgers University.


February 25, 2012
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Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Ahmanson Auditorium
250 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012 United States


Connie Tell