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With Occasional  Political Overtones: Art and Feminism 1966-1973

A Public Lecture by Catherine Morris, Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum

Catherine MorrisAs Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Catherine Morris has organized several exhibitions that explored issues related to feminism and its impact as a social, political, and intellectual construct on the development of visual culture. In this lecture she will focus on her most recent project, Materializing Six Years: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of the Conceptual Art Movement. This exhibition and related publication use American art critic Lucy R. Lippard’s important 1973 book Six Years: The Dematerialization of the Art Object, 1966-1972 as an armature for a discussion about Lippard’s impact on the emerging parameters of the Conceptual Art movement during the historical moment that also saw the rise of the anti-Vietnam war, Civil Rights and Feminist movements of the late 1960s. Describing the arch of these social and political developments within the context of cultural practices of dematerialization as Lippard identified them, presents a developmental relationship between social activism and the profound impact Conceptual art had on how we view, understand and talk about Contemporary art. Exhibitions curated by Catherine Morris while at the  Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art include: Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin, Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913-1919, Matthew Buckingham: The Spirit and the Letter, Lorna Simpson: Gathered, Kiki Smith: Sojourn, Healing the Wounds of War: The Brooklyn Sanitary Fair of 1864, and Sam Taylor-Wood, Ghosts. She was also the Brooklyn Museum curator for Eva Hesse Spectres 1960 and Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Arts, 1958-1968.

The Salek Minc Lecture

Salek Minc (1905-1983), for whom this lecture is named, was a prominent Perth doctor, collector and supporter of the visual arts. He was much beloved by many friends and students, and his enthusiasm for the arts did much to foster their development in Western Australia. The 2012 Salek Minc Lecture is co-presented by the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery and the Institute of Advanced Studies.

18 October 2012