CWSE/WIAprojects Panel: The “Art” of Feminist Cultural Collectives
Monday January 16, 2017
Opening 5:30-7:30 pm with panel 6:30- 7:30
Location: CWSE Hallway Gallery, OISE, UofT, 252 Bloor St. W, 2nd floor
Exhibit: Jan. 9 – April 28
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – REGISTRATION NOT REQUIRED
In 1997 the Burlington Art Centre committed resources to support the creation of a gallery event that marked the tenth anniversary of the massacre of fourteen women engineering students at L’École Polytechnique at L’Université de Montréal. Jane Gordon, the event’s curator, decided to turn the focus of the exhibition away from mourning toward living. Writes Gordon:
Grief never really leaves us, but it does change us… For This Decade of Days, I decided to look at the process of collectivizing as a strategy for women artists… The women artists’ collective can be explored as an alchemical space where intimate and personal response is transformed into public action and voice.
Ten years after the events in Montreal , This Decade of Days, looked at the strength of the work of women artists in collectives, their affirmation of their own agency, their strategies applied to healing, their tactics applied to culture, and their ambitions for artistic and social growth.
Iris at 20 celebrates a similar milestone and, in doing so, moves us into the 21st century. Memories, creative activity and the significance of women’s actions have marked International Women’s Day and associated events for Iris for over the last 20 years. The group has worked singularly and collectively using a variety of media to challenge orthodoxy, to create opportunities for dialogue and to activate creative change.
Academic, artist, curator and Iris Founder, Margaret Rogers will moderate a panel around feminist cultural collectivization with a focus on Iris. Artists: Laura M. Hair, Judith A. Mason, Mary Ellen McQuay, Janice Taylor-Prebble, Sally Thurlow & Wendy Wallace will join her for a discussion and Q & A as they explore the art of feminist cultural collectives.