Martha Wilson at INOVA

Martha Wilson, Martha Wilson as Barbara Bush, March 11, 1991. Courtesy of the artist.

On View June 7, 2013 - August 11, 2013

Friday, June 7
Opening reception from 5-8pm
Artist Talk at 7pm

Additional Programming:

Thursday, June 27, 7pm
Problems of Circumstance: Current Topics of Feminism, a discussion lead by artists Ashley Janke and Ashley Coffey

Thursday, July 11, 7pm
The Masculinity Cycle – Part 1: Houdini, a performance by Nicholas Grider

Saturday, July 27, 1-4pm
The Masculinity Cycle – Part 2: Burden, a performance by Nicholas Grider

Thursday, August 8, 7pm
In Public, a performance by Kim Miller and Isabelle Krajl, with additional appearances

From June 7 - August 11, 2013, ICI will bring Martha Wilson to the University of Milwaukee’s Institute of Visual Arts (INOVA) and once again be working with past ICI guest curator and INOVA Director Sara Krajewski. Initially curated by Peter Dykhuis, the show embraces Wilson’s forty-year career through her complex body of works: conceptually-based performances, videos, photographs, and photo-text compositions. Regarding Wilson’s works dealing with fluid identities and self-representation, the INOVA exhibition focuses on the artist’s experimental practices to examine past and currents attitudes towards feminism, activism, and socially engaged art. This is the fifth venue to host Martha Wilson and to plumb the critical questions posed by her complex body of work.

For more information about the exhibition Martha Wilson, please visit the official INOVA website here.

Related event:
The Personal is Political: Martha Wilson and MKE
On View June 8, 2013 - July 14, 2013

Portrait Society Gallery at Third Ward
207 E. Buffalo Street, Fl 5
Marshall Building
Milwaukee, WI

Saturday, June 8, 6-9pm
Opening Reception and Live Performances

Tuesday, June 11, and Wednesday, June 12, 6:30-8:30pm
Special Dinner – Performance Event

Parallel to the INOVA Martha Wilson exhibition, the Portrait Society Gallery (Milwaukee, WI) will present the exhibition The Personal is Political: Martha Wilson and MKE, which will open on June 8, 2013. The show brings together Wilson’s artworks with Milwaukee artists responding to her influence through their own works, for which they took inspiration from the catalogue published by ICI, Martha Wilson Sourcebook: 40 Years of Reconsidering Performance, Feminism, Alternative Spaces. The show will feature one room of Wilson’s recent works (2009 onward) and two rooms of the local artists’ works. The Portrait Society Gallery exhibition will open on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 6 to 9 pm, where Wilson and other performance artists will also be present.

The dinner event, titled “A Delectable Evening of Imperfection with Martha Wilson,” has been organized by New York City-based food theorist and artist Ame Gilbert. Each course served during the dinner relates to the work and ideas of Martha Wilson, and is theatrically staged in different rooms of the gallery. 20 seats are available for each night, please visit the official Portrait Society Gallery website to order tickets.

For more information about the exhibition The Personal is Political: Martha Wilson and MKE, please visit the official Portrait Society Gallery website here.

June 7, 2013 - August 11, 2013

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2155 North Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI


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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