9th Oct 2014 (all day)
G7, Pavilion Parade.7
Philosophy Politics Aesthetics Seminars
The years around 2010 saw an impressive variety of art exhibitions and collecting projects devoted to feminist art and women artists, at august institutions from the Moderna Museet in Stockholm to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. At the same time that there has been this really noticeable spate of feminist activity in the art world, the critical reception of these projects on the part of feminists has been very pessimistic. Not only are we hesitant about the possibilities of curating a satisfactory feminist art exhibition, we are very dubious about the possibilities of these projects to initiate or reflect change in the institutional art world. Are feminism and the art museum fundamentally incompatible? Or is it merely that feminism and the art museum cannot be represented as compatible, and that it is not the work but the visibility of the work that is the conundrum.
Lara Perry is a researcher in the history of British art and art museums. Trained as a feminist and women's historian, she studied for her MA at the University of British Columbia, Canada and for a DPhil from the University of York, UK, as a Commonwealth Scholar. Lara is interested in the interactions between artists, art institutions, and the broader frameworks within which their work might be understood. Her research explores the cultural history of art - its production, appreciation and collection - with a specific interest in how gender (male and female roles) organizes the character and function of art objects. The objects that interest her range from tiny faded photographs to the biggest museums, but most especially she is interested in portraiture, an art practice that pervades private and public space. Her publications include Politics in a Glass Case: Feminism, Exhibition Cultures and Curatorial Transgressions (with Angela Dimitrakaki) (2013). She has recently been engaged as leader of an international Leverhulme-funded research network exploring feminist curating practices.