Opening Friday, March 10th, from 5PM - 8PM
On view through Monday, April 24th
Revolution at Point Zero: Feminist Social Practice
Curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman and Melissa Hilliard Potter
Featuring performances by Las Nietas de Nonó + Laura Anderson Barbata with Fem Appeal
March 10, 5-8p
Revolution at Point Zero is the first exhibition of its kind to position the feminist art movement as the progenitor of contemporary socially-engaged art. The exhibition generates conversations which reframe socially-engaged art with intersectional feminism at its core, and proposes a new feminist-centered theory for defining the field of social practice at large. The exhibition reclaims the feminist movement’s collaborative, inclusive, community-based strategies as central to contemporary social practices. Point Zero is also the springboard for a publication and traveling exhibition.
The exhibition features women-identified, North American artists whose work focuses on radical acts of the personal and political. Selected work include: Laura Anderson Barbata’s Julia Pastrana: A Homecoming, including a gender-subverting, history re-envisioning burlesque performance with Fem Appeal; Marisa Jahn’s The Careforce, with a public performance choreographed and performed by activists of the domestic labor movement; Las Nietas de Nonó’s Ilustraciones de la Mecánica, participatory theatre of untold narratives about reproductive health in Puerto Rico; Megan Young’s large-scale works on paper, used in The Longest Walk protests held in Chicago and nationwide; and a featured recent work entitled Snow Workers’ Ballet by Mierle Laderman Ukeles, one of the pioneers of the social practice movement.
Revolution at Point Zero takes its title inspiration from Silvia Federici’s formative Marxist feminist text of the same name. The curators pay thanks to the Nathan Cummings Foundation / Jane M. Saks for research funding. The multi-edition cover design for the exhibition was designed by Belgrade-based artist, TKV.