Mar 14th 2019

Come to the culminating scholar-in-residence talk, “Feminism in Your Face: Public Art and Practice OR Public Art Resistance?,” presented by Neysa Page-Lieberman, Executive Director, Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces at Columbia College Chicago, and Chief Curator, Wabash Arts Corridor.

Joined by Sam Kirk / Provoke Culture, Meida McNeal / Honey Pot Performance, Gloria Talamantes / Mujeres Mutantes

Women artists have long held a creative and influential place in the public realm. Be it through performance, sculpture, street art or arts activism, feminists have created and sustained artistic movements that have defined the contemporary art world. Yet even so, women making public art must constantly strategize, respond to and maneuver around unpredictable acts of harassment and micro-aggression that come with having your work and process on display for public consumption and scrutiny. Page-Lieberman’s residency will include conversations and interviews with women-identified artists and collectives to discuss their experiences making art in public and their strategies for subverting bias and sustaining powerful creative practices. The presentation will incorporate conversations with collectives featured in Where the Future Came From as well as other local and national artists.

Neysa Page-Lieberman is a contemporary art curator, lecturer, writer, and educator with a focus on feminism, African diaspora, social practice, and public art. She is Executive Director of the Department of Exhibitions and Performance at Columbia College Chicago and Chief Curator of the Wabash Arts Corridor. She has taught courses on curatorial theory and practice, lectured at the Art Institute of Chicago, and produced over 200 exhibitions, with recent highlights including “Revolution at Point Zero: Feminist Social Practice” and “Street Level,” a public art festival featuring murals, projections, installations, and performance. She holds a master’s in art history from Indiana University specializing in contemporary African diaspora. Page-Lieberman’s current and upcoming projects include the co-authored “Feminist Social Practice Manifesto,” published with Melissa Potter in ASAP/Journal; a public monument commission in Philadelphia in collaboration with The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage; and a series of international mural exchanges with Sister Cities International, most recently in Casablanca, Morocco.

Image: “Stop Telling Women To Smile,” Tatyana Fazlalizadeh


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