Painting discussions in Chicago today

Paula Wilson, “Tomorrow’s Tomorrow,” 2008, 0il, spray paint, collaged/inlayed paper including woodblock prints mounted on paper, 50 x 50″

I’ve been hanging out in Chicago this week tweeting and posting (on my other blog @Bushwick&Main) from the College Art Association’s 2010 Annual Conference. Today, Faith Wilding, Dara Birnbaum and Amy Sillman are among the distinguished artists and scholars tackling topics such as feminist painting and transgender art in “The Feminist Art Project.” Coordinated by Maria Elena Buszek, Kansas City Art Institute, this daylong series of panel discussions is part of an international initiative overseen by Rutgers University.  All discussions are free and open to the public. Included in the line up is Feminist Painting, chaired by Julia Bryan-Wilson, University of California-Irvine and Johanna Burton, Whitney Independent Study Program. Here’s a description:

In 1975, Alice Neel asserted: “I always painted like a woman, but I don’t paint like a woman is supposed to paint.” What does it mean to paint “like a woman”—and how might that differ from painting as a feminist? Featuring Harmony Hammond, Carrie Moyer, Amy Sillman, and Paula Wilson, this session brings together four artists of different generations to discuss the political ramifications of applying pigment to surface.  Each of these women grapples in her work with how painting has historically and might continue to signify a feminist practice. In what has been called a “post-medium” (and even “post-feminism”) era, how can we look critically at the specific tools, methods, and means of painting, particularly abstraction, from within a feminist rubric? Saturday, 3:45–5:00 PM

And if you’re a registered participant in the Conference, this morning at 9:30 Michelle Ann Grabner, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has organized an open studio session dedicated entirely to painting. Participants include:

Ann Craven, Yale University
Anoka Faruqee, California Institute of the Arts
Peter Halley, Yale University

Rebecca Morris, Pasadena City College
Thomas Lawson, California Institute of the Arts
Judy Ledgerwood, Northwestern University
Sabina Ott, Columbia College Chicago
Scott Reeder, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Molly Zuckerman Hartung, independent artist, Chicago
Susanna Coffey, independent artist, New York
Carrie Moyer, Rhode Island School of Design
Jon Pestoni, independent artist

The exhibitions opening this afternoon at Rowley Kennerk, Julius CaesarWestern Exhibitions and Shane Campbell Gallery feature paintings by artists on the panel.

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2 thoughts on “Painting discussions in Chicago today”

  1. Alice Neel was so wonderful. I remember her saying, at a meeting at the Educational Alliance years ago, in response to a negative comment by, I think, Paul Georges, who said that the problem with women is that they had no balls: "I do have balls, only mine are higher up."

  2. I very much doubt that remark. You might want to rethink it. Paul Georges loved her work and especially now that he is gone would all the more love to see a Neel painting. Our world is so much better off with both of these wonderful artists.

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