What is Feminist Art? This class will serve as an exploratory survey of the history of artists who align(ed) their practice with the women’s rights movement and feminist theory that emerged in the post-civil rights era. With a nod as far back as cave art to the present day, transnational and intersectional ideas in visual arts, politics, and popular culture will be kept in mind, while focusing on the inspiring movements of the 70s.
We will be viewing art works, films, video, performance documentation, interviews, reading key texts and manifestos to engage in critical thinking and dialogue. We will train a feminist gaze on art and life from core imagery to the Guerilla Girls. The students will be introduced to a cross section of feminist artists or given the opportunity to renew a deeper dive into the stories and strategies of these remarkable pioneers.
Class meetings will be a combination of slide lectures and discussions of works you will view during the week at your own pace with some light reading—this will be the funnest homework ever-- and class will be less theory, more show and tell.
The Power of Feminist Art (eds. Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard) (1994 /96)
Joyce Burstein taught this course in the Women’s Studies department at SUNY New Paltz. While her gallery installations explore impermanence she has developed self-created contexts for public art that attempt to contravene associations of the monument with history and death by presenting works that interact with the present. In this way spectators are also performers, the work exists as process and object, both public and private.
A recipient of grants/fellowships from NYFA, Art Matters and The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Burstein received her BFA/MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 86 and lives and works in New York City.