TEACH-IN about women* artists who “stopped” making art
The event aims to facilitate informal learning among interested parties by exploring the issues at stake in feminist art practice, history and theory with regards to women* artists who “stopped” making art. (*acknowledging gender is an unstable particularity)
Taking as a starting point that there is a given history of women* artists who stopped making art by “dropping out”, by institutional critique, and by withdrawing from art structures (amongst others Lee Lozano, Andrea Fraser, Laurie Parsons, Rosemary Tonks), as well as those who invisibly stopped for a various reasons, can we conceive of “stopping” as both an artistic practice and/or as an act of resistance within art and its given histories?
By discussing the motivations and circumstances in which women* artists “stop” making art, the teach-in looks to explore how we can produce knowledge about the situated economic, political and aesthetic structures in which women* artists work/ed and how their positions as ‘artists’ are constructed. Simultaneously, it may give us, feminist artists and art theorists, the opportunity to engage with the practices of these women* artists; possibly identify ourselves with their practices; embrace and/or reject them; find (new) ways to validate and critique them; and build our own positions and careers.
We invite art theorists, artists and those working on the borders of (applied) arts, research and/or other fields, like activism, politics, mental health care, community work, education, economics etc.
This one-day event is hosted by CREATE/feminisms, a research cluster in the School of Art and Design, Middlesex University. Organised by Suzanne van Rossenberg (Middlesex University) and Abi Shapiro (McGill University).
10:00-10:20 Doors open
10:30-11:30 Lecture by Jo Applin about the artist Lee Lozano, followed by a group conversation
11:40-01:00 Conversation I
01:00-02:00 Lunch break
02:00-03:20 Conversation II
03:20-03:30 Closure - Please join us after the event for a drink in a pub
Sign-up to by e-mailing your name to: s.vanrossenberg[at]mdx.ac.uk
This event welcomes any gender (non-)identification of participants. For any other questions, please contact the organizers. There is a maximum of 25 participants.