Alexis Hunter - Sexual Warfare (1975)
These photographs show the hands of feminist photographer, Alexis Hunter, demonstrating 18 methods of killing a male partner.
“start a discussion about linda hirshman’s book get to work and how marrying a younger man or man with less earning power can make good feminist sense at 5 AM.”
joan semmel, erotic yellow, 1973
squeamish/sexist gallery owners who claim “i am not a prude, but…” and an amazing backstory make lynda benglis’s infamous artforum centerfold—a pitch-perfect commentary on what it took a woman to make it in the art world—even funnier. also sort of amused that she works in latex. love her.
so sad! i love sylvia sleigh. this isnt my favorite of hers, but i feel like there might not be enough male nudes by feminist artists on tumblr.
it was a good question, asked by someone interested in the (new) historicization of feminism, and of womens writing, the kind that didnt exist when helene cixous called for l’ecriture feminine in laugh of the medusa 35 years ago.
cixous, who derrida once called “the best writer in my language,” told the 40 or so of us gathered to celebrate medusa’s anniversary that she decided not to give her papers to an american library, because she believes the essay needs to be read in french.
it was a very literal interpretation of “archiving.” but cixous, who began her talk by saying ”i dont define. i un-fine” and proceeded to spend the next 2 hours circling questions instead of answering them, also gestured towards a more elastic understanding of feminist archiving and attendant issues of asynchronicity and embodiment. she said she doesnt feel that her work coincides with the history of feminism in france, and noted that she is most interested in how her texts are rejuvenated by women transnationally.
jeanne and i agreed that it was pretty trippy being in the same room with her and with so many of the women she influenced—like kathe burkhart, avital ronell and others. lots of archiving going on for sure.
the show is up through november 14th.
Recipes for an Encounter displays historical and contemporary artworks from the 1960s to the present that are characterized by a set of instructions or rules that allow the viewer to be an active participant in the artwork. Often times yielding to chance to determine their outcome, these artworks-as-recipes anticipate an encounter with the unexpected for the viewer/participant. The artists in Recipes for an Encounter – Joseph Beuys, Robert Filliou, Allan Kaprow, Janice Kerbel, Alison Knowles, Suzanne Lacy, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Glenn Lewis, Mads Lynnerup, Yoko Ono, Kristina Lee Podesva and Alan McConchie, Emily Roysdon, Steve Shada and Marisa Jahn, Noam Toran, Matt Volla -invite the viewer to experience for themselves whatever will unfold, take place, and be consumed anew by each participant’s encounter with their work. Recipes for an Encounter contains original written “recipes” as well as historic photographic/videographic documentation of seminal events and performances that took place in the 1960s and ’70s.
Ana Mendieta Untitled (Body Tracks), 1974
the ana mendieta in haunted was tiny and tucked in a corner, which may or may not connote the spectral force she exerts in performance studies. “i have followed her unwittingly and become separated from her unknowingly for two decades,” says jane blocker, whose reunion with the artist took place in the form of the book where is ana mendieta? i considered following blocker—knowingly—to minnesota i like her work so much. but im glad i stayed at nyu, where our 6th floor classrooms and offices look out onto the building mendieta was pushed from, something we can rarely forget.
“woman power” by yoko ono
reading the lyrics to this song has made my monday.
jon and i went to see yoko at BAM a few weeks ago. bette midler, paul simon, and eric clapton spent the show blushing and averting their eyes, visibly embarrassed by yokos weirdness and earnestness. we loved it.