A survey of art made by women, feminists, proto feminists and the ideas and methods that shape contemporary art as we know it as women’s work. Focusing on intersectional feminisms and the 3rd wave we will jump back into the foundations of feminist pedagogy, skip forward to the present moment, venture deep into the gendered underpinnings of mythology and language, smash the patriarchy and look at lots of interesting art. Each week will consist of a visual lecture and group dialogue with readings, tapes and images to research for each coming week. This work is exciting, hidden, denied, revealing.
Familiarity with feminist history a plus but not necessary, what we can’t fill in you’ll learn the keys to find for yourself.
STRUCTURE: This class is a live slide/media/lecture/discussion class format. Each week participants will be given media links to watch. Images and readings to enjoy and ponder. Our meetings will combine lecture and open discussions of the work and issues. We will try to get beyond the grid of the zoom classroom and delve into methods of reading power structures in art and life.
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.