Visiting Artist: Martha Wilson
In conversation with Judith K. Brodsky and Ferris Olin
Monday, April 6, 2020, 6:30 pm
Sleeper Auditorium, 871 Commonwealth Avenue
Hosted in Partnership with Boston University Kilachand Honors College
Free and open to the public. Register via Eventbrite.
Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director. For decades, her innovative conceptual practice has utilized photography and video to explore female subjectivity through performative self-portraiture. Transforming her appearance through costumes, make-up, and role-play, Wilson uses her own image as a stand-in for myriad conceptions of femininity, simultaneously embodying and challenging social projections onto women.
Her recent work has been semi-autobiographical in nature, exploring the social effects of aging on women. Combining tongue in cheek humor and rigorous conceptual language, Wilson looks at the all too often overlooked intersection of sexism and ageism in contemporary image culture.
Wilson is the founder of Franklin Furnace Archive art organization, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the legacy of experimental and ephemeral artworks, including artist books, installation art, video, and performance art. She is a recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship, and an Obie Award and a Bessie Award for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression. She is represented by PPOW gallery in New York City.
Judith K. Brodsky is an artist and curator. She is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of the Department of Visual Arts at Rutgers University. Her artwork is in the collections of the Harvard University Museums, the Library of Congress, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Stadtsmuseum, Berlin.
Ferris Olin is a feminist scholar, curator, educator, and librarian, and a Distinguished Professor Emerita at Rutgers University. Dr. Olin founded the Margery Somers Foster Center: A Resource Center and Digital Archive on Women, Scholarship and Leadership at the Mabel Smith Douglass Library. In 2012, the Women’s Caucus for Art awarded Dr. Olin the Art Lifetime Achievement Award.
Brodsky and Olin co-founded and co-directed several initiatives and institutions, including the Institute for Women and Art, the Women Artists Archive National Directory, the Miriam Schapiro Archives on Women Artists, and the Feminist Art Project. They have co-authored two books, The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society (2012) and Junctures in Women’s Leadership: The Arts (2018).
Part of the Contemporary Perspectives Lecture Series at Boston University.