New Geographies of Feminist Art STARTS TODAY

New Geographies of Feminist Art is an international conference, organized by Sonal Khullar and Sasha Welland, that examines the practice, circulation, and cross-cultural significance of feminist art from Asia. Through a lively intellectual exchange and consequent publication, we seek to understand how Asian women have negotiated changes in the contemporary art world and intervened in politics of visual representation. By staging an interdisciplinary conversation among art historians, anthropologists, historians, and Asian and cultural studies scholars, as well as artists and curators, the conference explores a feminist art history grounded in a comparative framework and the Asian context.

The conference reorients scholarly discussion from Western to nonwestern art world centers like Beijing and Delhi, Taipei and Tokyo, Hong Kong and Hanoi, Seoul and Shanghai, Guangzhou and Jakarta, by examining the role of women artists, the history and future of feminism, and the visual representation of gender and sexuality.

The conference is timed to coincide with Elles, a major exhibition of feminist art originally organized by the Centre Pompidou, which will be on view at the Seattle Art Museum from October 2012 to January 2013. New Geographies of Feminist Art provides a unique opportunity for critical dialogue with this exhibition, aimed toward rewriting national art histories and global feminist art history.

Conference panels and roundtables are organized around six interlocking themes—the city and the country; art markets and art worlds; sites and structures — to rethink dominant narratives of feminist art.

Check out what is going on when or visit their website for more info:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

6:00 pm: Keynote Address/Katz Lecture (Kane Hall 220)

  • Shu-mei Shih, University of California, Los Angeles. Reception to follow in the Walker-Ames Room (Kane Hall 225)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Introductory Address (Henry Art Gallery Auditorium)

Panel: The City (Henry Art Gallery Auditorium)

Moderator: Jenny Lin, University of Oregon

Panel: The Country (Henry Art Gallery Auditorium)

Moderator: Jennifer Bean, University of Washington. Reception to follow at the Henry Art Gallery.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Panel: Art Markets (Henry Art Gallery Auditorium)

Moderator: Laurie Sears, University of Washington

Curators’ Roundtable: Structures (Henry Art Gallery Auditorium)

Moderator: Katherine Hacker, University of British Columbia

Panel: Art Worlds (Henry Art Gallery Auditorium)

Moderator: Karin Zitzewitz, Michigan State University

Artists’ Roundtable: Sites (Henry Art Gallery Auditorium)

  • Wu Mali, Artist, Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Interdisciplinary Art, Kaohsiung Normal University
  • Hung Liu, Artist, Professor of Studio Art, Mills College
  • Navjot, Artist, Mumbai and Bastar

Moderator: Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, Mills College.

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