TFAP@CAA: The Feminist Art Project Day of Panels at the College Art Association Annual Conference 2015

Feb 14, 2015 - Feb 14, 2015

Museum of Arts and Design

2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

Time: 9am - 5:30pm This event is free and open to the public. Prior registration not needed. Seating is limited.
Phone Number: 848-932-3726
Contact: Connie Tell

The 2015 Day of Panels will focus on Collaborative working methodologies and how women's collectives have been crucial to feminist art practice since the 1970s. As feminist practice continues to evolve, collaboration and collectivity continue to provide an alternative to the patriarchal ideal of individualism. This day of panels will explore both a communal approach to working in a variety of media and group support structures for women artists both historical and present day.


9:00-9:10 am
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Connie Tell, Director, The Feminist Art Project, Women and the Arts Collaborative, Rutgers University
Damali Abrams, Artist; Jenn Dierdorf, Artist, Co-Director of the Fellowship Program and Development, A.I.R. Gallery; Kathleen Wentrack, Art historian, City University of NY, Queensborough.

9:10-10:20 am
Collaboration and Collectivity: The Past or Future of Feminist Exhibition Making

Chair: Kalliopi Minoudaki (
Independent Art Historian)
Panelists: Doris Caçoilo (_gaia), Lauren Denitzio (Artist; For the Birds), Kate Wadkins (Writer/Curator; For the Birds); Dr. Maura Reilly (University of Sidney), Ridykeulous (Curatorial collective)
This panel focuses on the role of collaboration and collective identity in past and contemporary feminist curatorial practice, in line with the current interest in the history and politics of feminist curating and collaboration. Bringing together agents of recent feminist collaborative curatorial projects and collectives, this panel hopes to illuminate the diverse ways in which collaboration and collectivity underpin radical feminist exhibition making, while questioning their challenges and promises for future feminist political action in the arts, including effective feminist curating.
10:30-11:30 am

Roundtable: A Community of M/E/A/N/I/N/G
Co-Chairs: Susan Bee (Pratt Institute; University of Pennsylvania) and Mira Schor (Parsons, The New School)
Panelists: Joyce Kozloff (Independent Artist) Sheila Pepe (Pratt Institute), Kara Rooney (Independent Artist, The Brooklyn Rail), Alexandria Smith (Independent Artist).

This panel will focus on Susan Bee and Mira Schor's 29-year collaborative editorial project M/E/A/N/I/N/G-the journal started in 1986 and continues to the present as M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online. It will emphasize the artists' individual roots in 1970s feminism and social activism, the cultural conditions in the 1980s-both in terms of feminism and in art discourse-that led to the founding of M/E/A/N/I/N/G, the influence of its small-scale publication on many other journals both small and mainstream, and the community of artists that was created by the work.

11:40 am-12:50 pm
Gatecrashing: Feminist Collaboration and Institutional Intervention
Co-chairs: Kat Griefen (Rutgers University), and Meredith Brown (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Panelists: A.K. Burns (Artist and Educator), Jorge Daniel Veneciano, (El Museo del Barrio), and
In the decades since the women's movement first interrupted the art world's status quo, feminists have been coming together to create, reform, destabilize, or circumvent the various institutions of art. This panel of prominent artists, art professionals, activists, and scholars will address the numerous ways that feminist collaborations have worked within and against existing art structures to transform the way art institutions do business.

12:50-1:35 pm
Lunch Break
1:35-2:45 pm

When the Personal Becomes Political: Creative Activism/Collective Intentions

Co-Chair: Nina Felshin (Independent Curator/Writer/Activist) and
Damili Abrams (Artist, Co-organizer of TFAP@ CAA Day of Panels)
Anjana Malhotra (SUNY Buffalo; Visible Collective), Dread Scott (Postcode Criminals);Mona Eldahry, (Arab Women Active in the Arts and Media)
Born of the burgeoning feminist movement of the late 60s and early 70s, "the personal is the political" is still a useful framework for examining today's creative activism. From this perspective, this panel will explore activist art collectives questioning of dominant cultural representations and configurations of power, seeking to empower individuals and communities and ultimately to stimulate social change.

2:55-4:04 pm

Power, Collaboration, and Lies

Chair: Katherine Behar (Baruch College)

Panelists: Stephanie Rothenberg (University of Buffalo), Jeff Crouse (Odd Division/NEW INC, New Museum), Larisa Mann (New York University), Sydette Harry (Body Ecology Performance Ensemble), Liz Flyntz (Smack Mellon/Extracurricular).
Power, Collaboration & Lies seeks to engage a critical question with broad implications beyond the art world: How can people collaborate toward justice, in undemocratic conditions, with powerful institutions, when systemic and personal interests are not aligned? This panel also poses the additional question of whether, despite its art world popularity, collaboration is the right form to strive for given political and power structures today.
4:15-4:25 pm

Encouragements with Dave

Performance by J.R. Uretsky (Artist) and Emily Dix Thomas (Cellist)
Visual artist J.R. Uretsky has teamed up with cellist Emily Dix Thomas to create an affective experience specifically to encourage CAA conference attendees, feminists, artists and educators. This new work is titled Encouragements with Dave and is a short performance that pairs contemporary cello music and abstract puppetry to highlight interpersonal intimacy.

4:30-5:30 pm

Roundtable: CollECtive NoW: Artists on the Collective Present

Chair: Dalida María Benfield (Vermont College of Fine Arts; Harvard University)
Artist/Panelists: Salome Chasnoff (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Personal Hermitage Productions, and Beyondmedia Education), Celia Herrera-Rodriguez (Artist/Teacher), Davida Ingram (Seattle People of Color Salon), Jessica Resmond (MEI Collectiv), Beatriz Santiago-Muñoz (Beta-Local), Robert Sember (Ultra-red, and The New School's Eugene Lang College), Sasha Sumner (Hungry March Band, Pratt Institute, and the Pedagogy Group).
Collectivity pluralizes authorship, re-centers communal processes of cultural production, and co-creates worlds. And yet, the collective now is both a lived reality and a distant dream. Thus, this roundtable will engage numerous questions on collectives such as what are the knowledges and forms of commons that are produced in contemporary artists' collectives and artists' collective practices, and what is the horizon of hope and possibility for a more just and equitable world that collective forms promise.


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For more information contact:
Connie Tell
The Feminist Art Project, Director

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
640 Bartholomew Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: 848-932-3726


Image: Nancy PoppTravertine (TFAP Day of Feminist Panels), 2009

Collaborative Site-Specific Performance (College Art Association Conference, Los Angeles)
Photo: Connie Tell

Documentation for this event is held at the Feminist Art Projects Archives located at Rutgers University.



Event Type: Symposium