In conjunction with the exhibition WOMAN. FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE of the 1970s from the SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection, mumok and the SAMMLUNG VERBUND are hosting a conference on Saturday May 6, 2017, from 2 pm. Sixteen of the artists with works in the exhibition will be present. In the 1970s, these artists, from the USA, Canada, and Europe, were among the most provocative voices in contemporary art, and their socially critical works still resonate today.
In the 1970s, these artists began for the first time to create their own collective image of women, emancipating themselves from the roles of muse or model and from woman’s status as object. These artists saw women and themselves as self-determined subjects actively participating in social and political processes. They radically challenged stereotypical definitions of women as mother, housewife, and wife—often with a great deal of irony. Key concerns were the “discovery” of women’s sexuality, the use of their own bodies in art, breaking down stereotypical images of women, challenging the dictates of beauty, and creating awareness for violence against women. These women artists of this generation shared a commitment to rejecting traditional and normative ideas of how women should live their lives.
The symposium will be introduced by Gabriele Schor, founding director of the SAMMLUNG VERBUND, with a talk entitled Why Is It Important to Call the Feminist Art Movement in the 1970s an “Avant-garde.” Schor coined the term “feminist avant-garde” so as to emphasize the pioneering nature of the work of these artists. This introductory lecture is followed by three panel discussions with several artists represented in the exhibition, moderated by mumok curator Eva Badura-Triska, by Camille Morineau, director of Monnaie de Paris and president at AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions, and by Gabriele Schor.
This symposium is a unique opportunity to hear the thoughts of influential women artists from nine nations on the situation of women in the 1070s, the feminist movement, and their own personal approaches and experiences.
Eva Badura-Triska, Anneke Barger, Renate Bertlmann, Linda Christanell, Renate Eisenegger, Kirsten Justesen, Suzy Lake, Brigitte Lang, Karin Mack, Camille Morineau, ORLAN, Ewa Partum, Margot Pilz, Ulrike Rosenbach, Gabriele Schor, Lydia Schouten, Annegret Soltau, and Martha Wilson.