Feminist Art Seminars at ICA, London with n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal

26 January 2011, 2-4pm

What is feminist aesthetics?
Is there a feminine or a feminist aesthetic in women’s art and what does this mean? Feminist aesthetics became the “catch-all” phrase for discussing what was different – and specifically feminist – in women’s art production and whether this was to do with content, with media, with political intent or with the context in which women artists’ work was shown. So, what is feminist aesthetics?

23 February 2011, 2-4pm
Feminist art and the blockbuster exhibition
Since 2007, there have been many major feminist shows around the world, this seminar will review some recent feminist exhibitions – from Elles@Centres Pompidou (Paris, 2009-2010); Rebelle: kunst en feminisme 1969-2009 (Arnhem, 2009); Gender Check (MUMOK, 2009) and ask if these open up new directions for thinking about feminism as an international, rather than a national or local phenomenon? How would our definitions of feminism change if we started to pay attention to the substantial histories of feminist art in Russia, in Sweden, across Eastern Europe, in Taiwan, in Thailand, in Canada, in Mexico or in Australia?

30 March 2011, 2-4pm
Manifestos of feminist art
Feminist artists and writers have published a large number of manifestos in the last forty years: on subjects as diverse: women’s art (Valie Export); maintenance art (Mierle Ukeles); carnal art (Orlan) and cyber-feminism (OBN and VNS Matrix). This seminar is an opportunity to read, discuss and compare different manifestos on women’s art. Sample texts and a reading list will be provided.

All events are free.
To book, email: talks@ica.org.uk
Venue: Cinema 2, ICA
Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH
tel: +44 (0)20 7930 3647 www.ica.org.uk