Sunday, February 5, 5 p.m. Talkback with artist Lynn Randolph and Jenni Sorkin, assistant professor of Contemporary Art History at the University of Houston*
Sunday, February 12, 5 p.m. Talkback with members of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s Teen Council**
An entertaining and revelatory “secret history” of Feminist Art, !Women Art Revolution deftly illuminates this under-explored movement through conversations, observations, archival footage, and works of visionary artists, historians, curators, and critics. Starting from its roots in 1960s antiwar and civil rights protests, the film details major developments in women’s art through the 1970s and explores how the tenacity and courage of these pioneering artists resulted in what is now widely regarded as the most significant art movement of the late 20th century. !W.A.R. features Miranda July, the Guerilla Girls, Yvonne Rainer, Judy Chicago, Yoko Ono, Cindy Sherman, and countless other groundbreaking figures.
*Lynn Randolph’s paintings are included in the permanent collections of numerous institutions including the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe/Harvard; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; Arizona State University Art Museum; San Antonio Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Menil Collection, Houston. She has written and lectured on topics related to art and feminism. From 1990 to 1996 Randolph participated in a collaborative exchange with the eminent feminist theorist Donna Haraway. For most of her professional life Randolph has been involved with civil and human rights issues. She was a charter member and chapter president of the Houston Women's Caucus for Art, and a member of the WCA's national board. In 1988 she co-chaired the national meetings in Houston.
Jenni Sorkin's work examines the confluence of gender and material culture within modern and contemporary art history, theory and criticism. Her writing has appeared in the New Art Examiner, Art Journal, Art Monthly, Frieze, The Journal of Modern Craft, Modern Painters, and Third Text. She has written numerous in-depth catalogue essays on feminist art and material culture topics. She has been an invited lecturer at Cal Arts, Cornell University, Dia Beacon, Ohio University, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami. In 2010, she co-organized Blind Spots/Puntos Ciegos: Feminisms, Cinema, and Performance, for the eighth edition of SITAC, the International Symposium of Contemporary Art Theory, held in Mexico City.
**The Teen Council of the Contemporary Art Museum Houston is a group of motivated young people from around the city committed to connecting the arts with their peers. They meet regularly to explore the arts and create youth-oriented programming and events.
Community partner: University of Houston, Department of Women’s Studies