SCHEDULE

Welcome and Introductory Remarks
9:00-9:10am
Co-organizers: Audrey Chan, J. Paul Getty Museum; Elana Mann, Scripps College

Feminist Art Education: Renewal and Revision
9:10-10:30am
Chairs: Nancy Buchanan, California Institute of the Arts; Christine Wertheim, California Institute of the
Arts
Panelists: Kaucyila Brooke, California Institute of the Arts; Claudia Slanar, Independent Curator and Writer; Barbara McCullough, Savannah College of Art and Design

What is the value of feminist arts pedagogy today? In the years since Judy Chicago initiated the first Feminist Art Program in 1970, women students have called for their own opportunities to define and discuss their relationship to feminism. At CalArts, twice in the past 15 years, students have unearthed the documents of the Feminist Art Program, and organized symposia to convene multiple feminist generations for discussion. What do current scholarship and art practices reflect, regarding feminism? Is there a need for women-only studio classes? In addition to a lively discussion of these questions, we will screen “Define,” a video meditation on the semiotics of ethnic female identity by O.Funmilayo Makarah, and scholar Claudia Slanar will deliver an illustrated lecture on previously undiscovered 1970s feminist works.

Colleagues, Co-conspirators, and Partners: Perspectives from Feminist Men
10:40am-12:00pm
Chairs: Audrey Chan, J. Paul Getty Museum; Elana Mann, Scripps College
Panelists: Tavia Nyong’o, New York University; Glenn Phillips, Getty Research Institute; Howard
Singerman, University of Virginia

Looking back upon the history of feminism, it is evident that men have played a vital but under-recognized role in the feminist movement as colleagues, co-conspirators, and partners in the ongoing project of
reimagining society and culture. This panel seeks to embrace the diversity of practitioners of feminist art
scholarship today, particularly men who are influenced by and contribute to these expansive bodies of
thought. Panelists will address such questions as: How has the professional training of artists been
influenced by gender dynamics? Who were the men of the Feminist Art Movement? How has queer
performativity shaped the way women and men make art together or independently? Panelists will also
discuss their relationship to contemporary feminist discourse.

Lunch Break
12:00-12:40

Lunch is available at several nearby venues:
Lemonade at MOCA
Taipan
Skew’s
California Pizza Kitchen
Mixt Greens
Angelus Cafe
Panorama Cafe
La Salsa
Grand Central Market

Tactics are the New Strategy
12:40-2:00 pm
Chair: Pilar Tompkins Rivas, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, Artist Pension Trust
Panelists: Nao Bustamante, Independent Artist; Carolina Caycedo, Independent Artist; Sandra de la
Loza, Independent Artist

Tactical stratagems in contemporary art may serve as devices that enable women artists to weave
threads between multiple layers of public and private settings, feminist and post-colonialist discourse, and
to navigate the complexities of a socio-political landscape. This panel discussion focuses on women’s
artistic practices that are rooted in activist strategies and which address the nature of power structures
throughout the Americas. Whether through guerilla-style tactics, institutional critique, urban intervention or
subversive participation in mainstream media, artists examine radical politics, the effects of American
policies and popular culture, institutionalized racism, and gender and economic inequities. Aligned with
contemporary discourse about public practice, these artistic dialogs address participation in the
economies of the art world leveraged by an engagement in alternative and informal economies.

Destabilizing a Destabilized Existence
2:10-3:30pm
Panelists: Zackary Drucker and A.L. Steiner, Independent Artists

Complicating notions of female realness and political identity, this open-format artist discussion will
address intersections of queerness and feminism in art-making practice and as it manifests in the artists
individual and collaborative film/video and photographic work. Referencing the rich history of feminist and
radical queer art-making, the panelists will reflect on “outsider” identities, and how a potential future
without gender binaries could catapult feminism into uncharted territory.

Artist, Woman, Human: Feminism in Practice
3:40-5:00pm
Chair: Anoka Faruqee, Yale University
Panelists: Mariángeles Soto-Díaz, University of Iowa; Erika Suderberg, University of California, Riverside; Dorit Cypis, Independent Artist

Materialist, pragmatist philosophies, such as the neo-humanism of Edward Said and engaged secular
Buddhism, strive to define social theory apart from dogma and lament the lack of methodologies of
“practice” (as in relation to the prosaic and the body, for example) in Western philosophical traditions. We
will discuss conflicts between dogma and practice, defining “practice” as artistic, activist or even religious,
with a focus on feminist histories. Ultimately, to address systemic inequities in society, including
entrenched patriarchy, no gesture is too small. In 2012, social inequities can be subtle enough to seem
invisible; and resistance may function in a similar way. The myth that activism must be singularly fierce to
be committed needs to be challenged. We need to think of activism in the plural and open form. What
shapes do activism and feminism take during the day: at home, in the classroom or in the studio?

CamLab Intervention
Jemima Wyman and Anna Mayer
CamLab’s investment in the body is supplemented by an investigation into the interrelatedness of language and embodiment. Some performances use language exclusively while others depend on non-verbal exchanges. CamLab believes that a contemporary politics of pleasure must acknowledge the contiguity of language and body in facilitating the spectrum of experience between alterity and intimacy. CamLab will sensualize the MOCA Auditorium for the duration of the TFAP program with a slowly- unfolding site-specific video for six pre-existing monitors. In addition they will set dress both the podium and panelists’ table to correspond with the video. CamLab’s treatment of the space affirms the joining of the mind and body, heart and loins.