A conversational panel about meaning in abstract and conceptual art centered on material-based artistic practices. Participants include Harmony Hammond (a fifty-year survey of her work is currently on view at the museum), invited artist Indira Allegra, (who has exhibited and performed her work at SFMOMA, de Young Museum, and The Wattis), and art historian Tirza True Latimer, Professor in Visual Studies at California College of the Arts. The panel is moderated by Elissa Auther, Windgate Research and Collections Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design and Visiting Associate Professor at the Bard Graduate Center.
RSVP required to Jamie Pearl, Head of Special Events, at email@example.com, or 203.438.4519, extension 118.
Indira Allegra works with tension as creative material to investigate themes of intimacy, haunting and memorial. She is active in a range of fields including sculpture, performance, writing and installation. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Arts Incubator, Kunstraum Tapir, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Weinberg/Newton and Catharine Clark Gallery among others. Allegra’s work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, Art Journal, KQED and Surface Design Magazine. Her commissions include performances for SFMOMA, de Young Museum, The Wattis, and the City of Oakland. She is a 2018 Artadia Awardee.
Elissa Auther is the Windgate Research and Collections Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design and Visiting Associate Professor at the Bard Graduate Center. She has published widely on a diverse set of topics, including the history of modernism and its relationship to craft and the decorative, the material culture of the American Counterculture, and feminist art. Auther is also an accomplished curator. Her most recent exhibitions include, Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro and Pretty/Dirty, the retrospective of the painter and photographer Marilyn Minter. At Bard Graduate Center her courses focus on the intersection between art and craft in contemporary visual culture.
Harmony Hammond (b. 1944) was a prominent figure in the development of the feminist art movement in New York in the early 1970s. Besides her being a co-founder of A.I.R. and the journal HERESIES: A Feminist Publication of Art & Politics (1976), she is the author of Wrappings: Essays on Feminism, Art, and the Martial Arts (TSL Press, 1984), considered to be a seminal publication of 1970s feminist art; her groundbreaking book Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History (Rizzoli, 2000) received a Lambda Literary Award. Hammond attended the University of Minnesota from 1963 to 1967, and moved to New York City in 1969. Since 1984, she has lived and worked in New Mexico, teaching at the University of Arizona, Tucson, from 1989 to 2006. In 2013, Hammond was honored with the College Art Association’s Distinguished Feminist Award. Her work has been exhibited at institutions nationally and internationally.
Tirza True Latimer is Professor in Visual Studies at California College of the Arts. Her teaching, publications, and curatorial projects reflect on visual culture and visual politics from queer feminist perspectives. Her latest book, Eccentric Modernisms: Making Differences in the History of American Art, was released by University of California Press in 2016. Her scholarship and critical writings have been published in such journals as Art Journal, American Art, GLQ, Art Practical, SFMOMA OpenSpace, and CAAreviews as well as dozens of edited collections.