The Woodrow Wilson School will host a public discussion titled, “Feminist Humor as Political Device,” at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall. The discussion coincides with an exhibit by the same name by artist Mary Beth Edelson that is on display in the Bernstein Gallery through May 7, 2015. A public reception with follow the talk in the Bernstein Gallery.
In addition to Edelson, panelists will include Eve Aschheim, a lecturer in visual arts at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton and Kemy Lin ’15, a senior in the Lewis Center’s Program in Visual Arts. Jill Dolan, the Annan Professor in English, professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts and the director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University, will moderate the panel.
Edelson is recognized for her feminist art and for her social and political activism, which began in the 1960s and continues today. Her artwork comes in various media: painting, prints, sculpture, photo-based work, video and performance. Edelson’s work has been featured in more than 90 books and is widely reviewed in the United States and abroad. Her work is in the permanent collection of many museums including: the Guggenheim Museum, New York, N.Y.; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minn.; National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Ill.; Detroit Institute of Art, Indianapolis, Ind.; Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y.; Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, Wash.; Malmo Museum, Sweden; and the Sammlung Verbund, Vienna, Austria.
Aschheim is an abstract painter and draftsperson who seeks to create dynamic abstract structures that exist between categories of thought. A recent John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow (2012), Aschheim has also received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others. Her work has been exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions at the New York Studio School; the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, N.C.; The Bannister Gallery, Rhode Island College, Providence, R.I.; the Schick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and at galleries in New York City, Berlin, Malmo, Sweden and Oakland, Calif.
Dolan began teaching at Princeton in 2008, arriving from the University of Texas at Austin, where she held the Zachary T. Scott Family Chair in Drama and headed the Department of Theatre and Dance’s M.A./Ph.D. program in performance as a public practice from 1999-2008. Dolan received the 2011 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for her blog, “The Feminist Spectator,” and the Distinguished Scholar Award for Outstanding Career Achievement in Scholarship in the Field of Theatre Studies from the American Society for Theatre Research in 2013. Dolan was inaugurated into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in 2011, became an invited member of the National Theatre Conference, a limited-membership organization for theatre professionals.
Lin is majoring in visual arts through a collaborative program between Princeton’s Department of Art and Archaeology and the Lewis Center’s Program in Visual Arts. Her senior thesis project reflects a lifelong interest in traversing distances both real and imagined, the cultural significance of the moon, her intellectual and aesthetic interest in the history of science, and the new possibilities of virtual travel created by advances in modern technology.
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