Catherine Morris at Arcadia University for Martha Wilson: Staging the Self

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

October 30, 2012

Lecture by Catherine Morris, Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum

This event is in conjunction with the Arcadia University Art Gallery presentation of Martha Wilson: Staging the Self which will be on view from August 24 - November 4. Intended as an evolving retrospective, this exhibition encourages collaboration between Arcadia University Art Gallery and the artist Martha Wilson in selecting works from overlapping stages of Wilson’s career that will suit Arcadia’s own local collection and audiences. On Tuesday, October 30, Arcadia is hosting a lecture by Catherine Morris, Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum and most recently curator of the exhibition Materializing “Six Years” whic is devoted to examining the defining impact Lucy R. Lippard’s groundbreaking book Six Years had on the emergent Conceptual art movement. Past events at Arcadia include a lecture by Martha Wilson herself and a public opening reception. For more information on programming please visit the Arcadia University Art Gallery Website here.

October 30, 2012

Arcadia University Art Gallery
Spruance Fine Arts Center
450 South Easton Road
Glenside, PA
6:30 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.

Catherine J. Morris

Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Catherine J. Morris was an independent curator for more than twelve years prior to joining the Brooklyn Museum. Morris has organized several exhibitions that explored issues related to feminism and its impact as a social, political, and intellectual construct on the development of visual culture—among them Decoys, Complexes and Triggers: Feminism and Land Art in the 1970s at the Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York, and Gloria and Regarding Gloria at White Columns, New York. She was the co-curator of Hans Hoffmann: Circa 1950, on view at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. Morris has also been Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has authored or contributed to several scholarly publications and catalogues, including two books about Cindy Sherman. A longtime Brooklyn resident, Morris is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the recipient of an M.A. from Hunter College. As Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, she will organize a wide range of special exhibitions and oversee the Center’s permanent collection, which includes The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago.

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