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Overlap: Life Tapestries

At the HUB-Robeson Gallery, September 17 to November 15, 2018 
Opening Reception, Sept. 20, 2018, 6-8 PM

The exhibition, “Overlap: Life Tapestries” brings together a group of self-identified women artists whose artistic practices are richly charged, not only in their realization of the ways discrimination is characterized and informed by national origin, race, social position, and historical forces, but also in their understanding of how their socially inscribed bodies intersect. The overlap at the intersections is the curator’s ‘intersectionality’ approach to counter the presentation, underrepresentation, and misrepresentation of women artists. The artists included in this exhibition are from different social and professional backgrounds and generations. They imaginatively recreate the tapestry of their lives through their art, while mapping the relationship between the personal and political. (Vida Sabbaghi, curator)

Artists: [artist statements linked here]

Encounters with the Art in the Overlap: Life Tapestries Exhibition

"Martha Wilson and Franklin Furnace", a lecture by Martha Wilson on Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 1pm to 2pm in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art. 

Martha Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and art space director, who over the past four decades has created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity. Martha Wilson has been described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s.” In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works.  Martha Wilson is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery in New York. She received an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2013. She has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; Bessie and Obie awards for commitment to artists’ freedom of expression; a Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts; a Richard Massey Foundation-White Box Arts and Humanities Award; a Lifetime Achievement Award from Women’s Caucus for Art; and the Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. 


Overlap Conversations on (un)Warping Sexism in the Arts
At the HUB-Robeson Gallery (panel, Sept. 20, 7-8 PM)

Overlap, the warp of systemic marginalization and the weft of intersecting identities, weaves a tapestry on visibility, validation, and artistry in a textural discussion on women and sexism in the arts, and the challenges and successes women artists experience today. (Panelists: Martha Wilson, Linda Stein, & other artists in the exhibition, Vida Sabbaghi, curator, Karen Keifer-Boyd, art educator)