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28 Sep 2020

Feminist Art and Exhibitions - Online Course by Node Center

Hilma af Klint
HaK 627
Wheat and Wormwood
On the Viewing of Flowers and Trees

Feminist Art and Exhibitions: History and Challenges
Node Center for Curatorial Studies Berlin


Duration: Oct 13 - Nov 3, 2020 Enrol before: Oct 9, 2020 Lecturer: Anja Foerschner Participation Fee: 154€


Node Center for Curatorial Studies Berlin
Wrangelstr. 5
10997 Berlin

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Since its emergence in the early 1960s, Feminist Art has remained one of the most relevant political art forms of our time. Pioneering and utilizing innovative art forms such as conceptual art, performance art, video art, and body art, as well as reinventing forms of expression traditionally considered 'female'—such as fiber art or ceramics—feminist artists continue to radically challenge social, cultural, and political norms as they relate to women and, in particular, women artists.

This course will look at how feminist thinking has influenced the arts since the 1960s, both in Western as well as selected non-Western contexts. It will present the foundational feminist theories that furthered the radicalization of female artists and trace their manifestation in the visual arts. Due to its strong political content and often taboo-breaking visuality, feminist art continues to present its own set of challenges to curators and museum professionals. The course will introduce students to the most important exhibitions of feminist art and discuss their strategies, premises, and criticism. In addition, the course will present curatorial practices and exhibition formats that follow feminist premises.

The course will include archival material as well as video and photo documentation of key feminist artworks and exhibitions. Participants will be given a reading list and weekly assignments.

*Video conferences every Tuesday at 3pm CET. Recordings will be available in case you miss a live session!

-Duration: Oct 13 - Nov 3, 2020
-Enrol before: Oct 9, 2020
-Lecturer: Anja Foerschner
-Participation fee: 154 euros




Week 1: Western Feminism: Art and Exhibitions

- Key exhibitions of Western Feminist Art: strategies, premises, and criticism
- First and Second Wave Feminist Art
- Key theories and texts

Week 2: Global Feminisms: Art and Exhibitions

- Issues of definition and terminology of Feminism and Feminist Art
- Radical Women: Feminist Art from Latin America
- Gender Check: Feminist Art from Eastern Europe

Week 3: Feminist curating

- Feminist Artists' Initiatives and Alternative Venues
- Challenges of Feminist Art for curators and museum professionals
- Curating Feminist Art/Feminist Curating

Week 4: Contemporary Feminism

- Contemporary Feminism/4th Wave Feminism/Post-Feminism
- Feminist Art and new technology
- New forms of representation and communication in Feminist Practice