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LECTURE The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Women's Contemporary Art in the U.S.

  • University of the Arts Anderson Hall, 333 S. Broad Street, 2nd Fl, Rm 212 Philadelphia, PA 19102 (map)

Free and open to the public

Monika Fabijanska will speak about her critically acclaimed exhibition, The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women's Art in the U.S., presented at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York last fall; accompanied by a catalogue and a symposium. Hyperallergic named The Un-Heroic Act the fifth of twenty best art exhibitions in New York in 2018, and it was reviewed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Artforum, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail and Art Papers, among others.

This concentrated survey of works by a diverse roster of artists representing three generations, and including Jenny Holzer, Suzanne Lacy, Ana Mendieta, Yoko Ono, and Kara Walker, aimed to demonstrate that rape constitutes one of central themes in women’s art and analyzes its rich iconography. The exhibition explored ways of depicting and narrating the subject in all visual art forms: drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, photography, video, film, new media, performance, and social practice.  

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