Dead Stop: Feminist Artists’ Legacies
The Feminist Art Project’s Affiliated Society Session at the College Art Association 111th Conference
Conference registration REQUIRED.
Rachel Middleman, California State University – Chico and Connie Tell, The Feminist Art Project
Gabriela Aceves-Sepúlveda (Simon Fraser University), Marie Williams Chant (The Feminist Institute), Ferris Olin (Rutgers University), and Celia Vara (Concordia University)
In recent decades, the long overdue recognition of women and queer artists and artist of color has brought to light many important contributions to all fields of study in visual arts. That attention would not have been possible without access to their archives and bodies of work, while other artists’ legacies have undoubtedly been lost due to the financial demands of preserving an artist’s oeuvre. Under representation in the art market and collecting institutions is often perpetuated and solidified after an artist’s death, and caretakers of estates are tasked with justifying artists’ professional reach, impact, and reputation while other artists’ legacies have undoubtedly been lost due to the financial demands of preserving an artist’s oeuvre. What new research methods and feminist approaches can be employed for artists who lacked the support needed to develop robust archives during their lifetime? What can living artists do in the effort to change this posthumous problem? The Feminist Art Project will present papers discussing these issues, new methods for art history, and strategies for legacy preservation.
TFAP@CAA 2023 Affiliated Society Companion Session – Dialogue: Establishing Artists’ Legacies