Martha Wilson at Pitzer College Art Galleries

Martha Wilson performing as Barbara Bush. Image by Dennis W. Ho.

ICI is very pleased to announce the opening of Martha Wilson at the Nichols Art Gallery, Pitzer College Art Galleries in Claremont, California. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2013, accompanied by a wealth of local public events, further expanding the collaborative model with the hosting institution and community. Below is a list of scheduled events. More information about programming related to Martha Wilson can be found on the Pitzer College Art Galleries’ website here.

Martha Wilson

January 26, 2013 - March 22, 2013
Pitzer College Art Galleries

Opening Reception

Saturday, January 26, 2-4 p.m.

Nichols Gallery, Pitzer College Art Galleries
Claremont, CA
Free and open to the public

Performance: Barbara Bush on LAXART by Martha Wilson
Thursday, January 24, 6:30 p.m.

Pitzer College Art Galleries in collaboration with LAXART
2640 S. La Cienega 
Los Angeles, CA
Martha Wilson’s signature performance work is political satire and she is known for impersonating First Ladies Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Second Lady Tipper Gore. Today she will present a special performance of Barbara Bush at LAXART. More information here.

Artist Lecture
Wednesday, March 13, 10 a.m.
Broad Center Performance Space, Pitzer College
Claremont, CA

Conversation with Martha Wilson, Suzanne Lacy, Leslie Starus and Cheri Gaulke

Moderated by Dr. Alexandra Juhasz, Pitzer College professor of media studies 

Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m.

Pitzer College Art Galleries in collaboration with Otis Public Practice at the 18th Street Arts Center
1657 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA

“We’ll Think of a Title when we Meet AKA LA-London Lab” was the title of an exhibition co-curated by Los Angeles based artist Suzanne Lacy and London-based artist Susan Hiller in 1981 at the artist-run space, Franklin Furnace in New York. Founded by Martha Wilson in 1976, Franklin Furnace, was—and continues to be—dedicated to showing experimental and innovative art forms. In the late 70s, Franklin Furnace focused on artists’ books, installations, performance, video, and activist work by emerging and under-recognized artists exploring representations of race, class, and gender and issues concerning poverty, sexism, and homophobia. It was within this highly charged context that Lacy and Hiller curated “We’ll Think of a Title When We Meet.” Comprised of a series of performances by fifteen feminist artists from London and Los Angeles, the exhibition took place over a three-week period and explored the different approaches, methods, and manifestations of performance art in these two locales. The panel will explore the impact that LA- London Lab had on subsequent feminist art practice, the evolution of performance work, and the role that artist-run and alternative spaces continue to play in the art world of today.

January 26, 2013

Pitzer College Art Galleries
1050 North Mills Avenue
Claremont, CA


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.

Part of Martha Wilson

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