Materializing Resistance: Gender, Politics, and Craft

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April 12-13, 2019, Bolivar Art Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Much recent scholarship has stressed the critical potential of craft, frequently utilizing feminist and queer methodologies to address the ways in which craft engages issues of gender. This symposium explores how the politics of craft are framed, preserved, deconstructed, revised, and reimagined today, and how artists deploy the unique properties of their chosen materials to resist gender binaries and hierarchies. Questions posed by this symposium include: How do artists today engage or challenge the traditions of feminist craft?  How can craft be a means of generating an intersectional, anti-racist, and trans-inclusive forms of feminism? How can we decolonize feminism and craft, re-orienting the discourse from a non-western and global south perspective? How does craft generate collaboration, engage communities, and activate resistance? How can craft disrupt and/or reinforce divisions and hierarchies of labor? How do artists address the politics implicit in the distinctive histories and properties of their chosen materials? 

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

Friday April 12

9:30-9:45: Welcome & Introduction

9:45-11:00: Keynote Address

Jenni Sorkin, Associate Professor in History of Art & Architecture
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
One Thousand Hours: Artistic Labor and the Vase that Established Studio Ceramics

11:00-12:00: Panel 1
REORIENTING CRAFT DISCOURSE

Susan Richmond, Associate Professor of Art History
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
The Craft in Anne Ryan’s Collages

Monica Blackmun Visonà, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Studies
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Terms of Engagement: African Women and Contemporary Discourse on Craft

12:00-1:00: Lunch  Break

1:00-2:30: Panel 2
TEXT + TEXTILE + RESISTANCE

Anne Röhl, Postdoctoral Researcher in Art History
University of Siegen, Siegen, Germany
Crafting Resistance: Case Study of Lisa Pinhas

Hale Ekinci, Associate Professor of Art and Design
North Central College, Naperville, IL
Oya: Borders of History. Embroidery paintings on transcultural translation

Sara Clugage, Editor-in-Chief of Dilettante Army
Brooklyn, NY
Art+Feminism+Text+Textile

2:30-3:30: Panel 3
CRAFTING COMMUNITY

Sarah Warren, Associate Professor of Art History
Purchase College, SUNY, Purchase, NY
Between Rival Utopias: Craft and Community in the Counterculture

Sarah Held, PhD Candidate in Art History
Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Disobedient Fabrics - Material Culture in the Scope of Femicides and Resistance

3:30-4:00: Break

4:00-4:30: Performance

Rae Goodwin, Associate Professor of Studio Art
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Saturday April 13

9:30-10:00: Panel 4
GENDERED CULTURES OF CRAFT

Erin O’Connor, Associate Professor of Sociology
Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
“Of Sticks and Men [sic]: the ontological (re)turns of embodiment”

Olivia Valentine, Assistant Professor of Art & Visual Culture
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
and Shelby Doyle, Assistant Professor of Architecture
Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Gender Trajectories: A Discussion of Architecture and Craft

Laura Boban, Graduate Student in Studio Art
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Abstract Interferences

10:00-12:30: Panel 5
AGAINST HIERARCHIES OF LABOR

Elyse Speaks, Associate Professor of the Practice of Art History
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
The Politics of Process

Gabe Duggan, Visiting Assistant Professor in Studio Art
University of North Texas / Denton, TX
Making as Agency and Oppression in Contemporary Fiber Work

Stephanie Jonsson, Head Sculpture Technician
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Against the Patriarchy: Tools for the Revolution

12:30-1:30: Lunch Break

1:30-2:00: Artist Interview

Janie Welker, Curator
UK Art Museum, Lexington, KY

Susan King, Independent Artist
Lexington, KY

2:00-3:00: Panel 6
ENCODING THE EVERYDAY

Annette Lawrence, Professor of Studio Art
University of North Texas, Denton, TX
These Days: Calendars and Connections

Marie Fornaro, Graduate Student in Studio Art
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
We Fight for Roses, Too

3:00-4:30: Panel 7
RESISTANT ACTS

Eric Anthony Berdis, Graduate Student in Studio Art
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Navigating Identity through Extravagant Acts of Shame

Nicole Winning, Graduate Student in Studio Art
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA
Performing Resistance

Paige Lizbeth Morris, Graduate Student in Studio Art
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Mouth to Mouth: A Performance

5:00-8:00: Closing Reception & Opening at Parachute Factory


Symposium Organizing Committee:
Becky Alley, Director of the Bolivar Art Gallery  
Crystal Gregory, Assistant Professor of Studio Art 
Miriam Kienle, Assistant Professor of Art History
Rae Goodwin, Associate Professor of Studio Art & Director of Foundations 

Sponsors:
School of Art & Visual Studies (SA/VS) and the College of Fine Arts (CFA) at the University of Kentucky, as well as the Kentucky Chapter of The Feminist Art Project (TFAP).


Photo credit: Becky Alley, Freedom Cairn (2017) 204 felted stone, white flag 24" x 36" x 24". A memorial to journalists killed reporting the war in Iraq since 2003-2010. Unmended (2010-2016) 320 needles, red yarn, 11” x 68” x 12”. A war memorial to allied soldiers killed in Iraq since 2003.

Apr 12 2019, 12:00pm to Apr 13 2019, 5:00pm
Bolivar Art Gallery
Free
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