Martha Wilson Artist Talk and Book Launch

Martha Wilson, Martha Wilson as Barbara Bush, March 11, 1991.

Join the Mills College Art Department and Art Museum in honoring Martha Wilson as the recipient of the Jane Green Endowment for Studies in Art History and Criticism. For this presentation, Wilson will trace her work as a performance artist, activist, and the founder and ongoing Director of Franklin Furnace, the New York-based alternative art space that has for 35 years championed temporal art.

This Fall, the Martha Wilson Sourcebook: 40 Years of Reconsidering Feminism, Performance, Alternative Spaces, an anthology of writings from 18th century English literature to current texts, was published by Independent Curators International. The Sourcebook is a collection of primary research material consisting of rare archival documents and excerpts of landmark publications that influenced Wilson, such as Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, Erving Goffman’s The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Susan Sontag’s On Photography, and Lucy Lippard’s C 7,500 catalog.

The Sourcebook will be available for purchase for $25. For more information, visit ICI’s shop here.

This event is presented by the Jane Green Endowment for Studies in Art History and Criticism and is the first lecture of the Mills MFA Lecture Series.

October 26, 2011

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Mills College Art Museum
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
7:00 PM


Martha Wilson

Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity.  She has been described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s.”  In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works.  She is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York; and has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; Bessie and Obie awards for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression; a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts; a Richard Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award; and in 2013 received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University.

Photograph: Christopher Milne.

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