Unruly Work: Queer Art and Activism

Speakers: Julia Bryan-Wilson, Juana Maria Rodriguez, and Allison Smith
March 1, 2010, 7:00–9:00 pm

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Introductions: Tina Takemoto
Moderator: Julian Carter

Craft has long been associated with alternative lifestyles, economies, and modes of sociability. This panel considers the unruly aspects of labor practice embodied in craftwork. Panelists will discuss how this work can be subversively reinscribed as art practice and political intervention to challenge histories of colonialism, racism, gender oppression, and exploitation.

Julia Bryan-Wilson, associate professor of contemporary art at UC Irvine. Her Queer Handmaking / Queer Worldmaking looks at how textile handicraft—including sewing, knitting, braiding, and costume design—from 1970 until today might be understood within a queer rubric.

Juana Maria Rodriguez, associate professor of gender and women's studies at UC Berkeley, will discuss the work of Cuban-born artist Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez, whose laboriously hand-crafted film and video interventions tear at the idea of archive as collective memory.

Allison Smith, assistant professor in the Sculpture Program at CCA, presents Needle Work, a new body of work that emerges from a series of early cloth gas masks photographed in military history museums and found on the Internet. Read more about Allison Smith.

About QccA — Queer Conversations in Culture and the Arts

Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts brings together locally and nationally renowned artists, writers, filmmakers, and scholars for a series of conversations to discuss a broad range of LGBTQI topics in the humanities and the arts.

Cosponsored by the following CCA programs:Critical Studies, Visual Studies, Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies, and the Graduate Program in Fine Arts as well as Queer Conversations in Culture and the Arts and the [Queer Cultural Center].(http://www.queerculturalcenter.org/Pages/MainMenu/About.html).