Kathy Battista talk: “The Legacy of Feminist Performance Art “

Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media presents:

Global Speakers Series

Dr Kathy Battista of Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York

22 March 2012 @ 4pm in Lecture Theatre A

The Legacy of Feminist Performance Art
The legacy of 1970s feminist performance art has informed a new generation of artists including Kate Gilmore, Agathe Snow, Liz Magic Laser, and K8 Hardy. Their work investigates ongoing issues around gender, sexuality and identity, but is equally concerned with issues including the mediation of global news events, economic and class struggle, as well as domestic and foreign politics.

Kathy Battista will discuss how the practice of these feminist performance artists has evolved to acknowledge a new agenda including the relationship with mainstream institutions and the art market. Radical practitioners from the 1970s, including Kate Walker, Jo Spence and the Hackney Flashers, Linder, and Carolee Schneemann will feature prominently in the talk as examples of the legacy of feminism in mainstream art system. Dr Battista will also look at how museums, galleries, the art market, academia have adapted to globalization, transformative and event-based work.
Dr Battista asks: is ‘performance art’ still a viable term for the vast array of activities it incorporates? Just as ‘feminism’ is an ideology that encompasses several political stances, ‘performance’ may be considered a fluid and shifting term.

Kathy Battista is Director of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York and Associate Senior Research Fellow at the Global Centre for Research in Art and Design at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. She is author of the forthcoming Re-negotiating the Body: Feminist Artists in 1970s London (IB Tauris, 2012) and New York NewWave (IB Tauris 2013). She has authored many other books, chapters and articles in world renowned journals and exhibition catalogues, and has taught at institutes worldwide. She received her PhD and was a Postdoctoral Fellow of The London Consortium, University of London and her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Kathy is currently co-curating the Sweethearts: Creative Couples exhibition at the Pippy Houldswoth Gallery in London. This exhibition brings together and fuses the work of some of the world’s most important artist couples. Using their individual respective practices – artist, designer, or architect – each couple collaborated on a unique and significant work made especially for the exhibition, each piece being jointly negotiated, conceptualized and created. The resulting work – photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, or video – examines the condition of working together, the quiet influence that one partner may have exerted upon the other, and the cross fertilization of ideas and techniques that may have crept into each other’s practice.


21 March – 21 April 2012

Sue Arrowsmith + Ian Davenport

Kelly Barrie + Sherin Guirguis

Ray Barrie + Mary Kelly

Sam Durant + Ana Prvacki

Antony Gormley + Vicken Parsons

Dan Graham + Mieko Meguro

Georgie Hopton + Gary Hume

Rem Koolhaas + Madelon Vriesendorp

Rosa Loy + Neo Rauch

Richard Wentworth + Jane Wentworth

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery

6 Heddon Street

London W1B 4BT


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