Research seminar: Modern and Contemporary

Threads of Protest

Monday, 10 March 2014

18.00, Research Forum South Room

Speaker(s): Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson (University of California, Berkeley; and Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor, The Courtauld)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Maria Mileeva

This seminar considers questions of handmaking and process within late twentieth-century craft practices, looking in particular at works that blur the lines between protest and art. It considers thread- and yarn-based pieces in the 1970s as well as how such materials have been resignified for recent feminist and queer artists.

Julia Bryan-Wilson is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in the History of Art Department at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include questions of artistic labor, feminism, queer theory, performance, photography, fabrication/production, and handicraft.  She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (University of California Press, 2009), and editor of OCTOBER Files: Robert Morris (MIT Press, 2013). A scholar and critic, Bryan-Wilson has written about artists such as Laylah Ali, Ida Applebroog, Sadie Benning, the Cockettes, Sharon Hayes, Harmony Hammond, Cristóbal Lehyt, Yoko Ono, Ana Mendieta, Yvonne Rainer, and Anne Wilson, in publications that include Art Bulletin, Artforum, differences, October, Oxford Art Journal, and many exhibition catalogs.  Her article “Invisible Products” received the 2013 Art Journal award. She has held grants from the Getty, the Clark Art Institute, the Henry Moore Institute, and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. Bryan-Wilson’s current book project is entitled Craft Crisis: Handmade Art and Activism since 1970.

This Visting Professorship and seminar have been made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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