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I will be teaching a new Autumn 2012 course! GWSS 290: Feminist Art and Visual Culture in a Global Perspective offers students a unique opportunity to explore feminist art and the multiple contexts of its creation and circulation through an exciting series of events at UW and in the community, at the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, and Seattle Public Library.
Sonal Khullar, Assistant Professor of Art History, and I have organized New Geographies of Feminist Art: China, Asia, and the World to take place at UW, November 15-17, 2013. With panels and roundtables featuring scholars, artists, and curators, this international conference examines the practice, circulation, and cross-cultural significance of feminist art from Asia.
My current project documents the recent explosion of Chinese contemporary art on the international stage. The participants in this zone of cultural encounter include artists and art professionals from around the world who, in repeated encounters in China and abroad, negotiate what counts as Chinese and what counts as art. Experimental Beijing: Contemporary Art Worlds in China’s Capital is an ethnography of worlding: the multiple ways of visualizing the world, and China’s place in it, that artists draw upon in their images and lives. Gender plays a central role in the various worldings—semicolonial, revolutionary, and postsocialist—that have accumulated over the twentieth century and continually resurface in Chinese image making practices. What it means then for Chinese contemporary art to go global demands feminist attention to questions of gender, power, and aesthetic form immanent in the social world of visual production.