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Jesse Harrod, PANEL TALK: The Feminist Art Movement

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PANEL TALK: The Feminist Art Movement


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Coffee & Pastries Reception: 11:00am
Panel Start: 11:30am

$5 Non-Members / Free for Members

Join us for Pastries, Coffee & Discussion. We are hosting a group of panelists who will discuss the history of the Feminist Art Movement and the place of controversial art in museums and galleries. We will open our doors at 11am and provide coffee and pastries, and the panel discussion will start at 11:30am. Our three incredible panelists are: Helen Langa, professor of American Art at American University, Ying-Chen Peng, professor of modern Chinese Art History at American University, and Jesse Harrod, an installation artist local to DC whose work deals with feminist issues. 


Professor Helen Langa

Professor Helen Langa teaches, at American University, a sequence of courses on American Art from the colonial era to the late 20th century with an emphasis on issues related to national identity, politics, race, gender, and cultural studies. She was Chair of the Art Department (Art History, Graphic Design, and Studio Art) from 2008-2010 and Director of the Art History Program (BA and MA) from 2008 to spring 2014. Seminar topics have included Transnational Issues in American Art 1890 to 1970, Shaking Things Up: The Politics of Identity in American Art 1960-1998, and Postmodernism since 1980: Controversial Art and Museum Responsibilities. Her scholarly research emphasizes the work of American women artists and representations of women between 1900 and the 1940s; leftist interests in labor, gender, racial equality, and social change in 1930s art; and the pre-Stonewall history of American lesbian/gay/queer identity and visual representation. Her book Radical Art. Printmaking and the Left in 1930s New York was published in 2004. Two recently published articles are "Seeing Queerly: Lesbian Presence and Absence in American Visual Art, 1890 to 1950," in the Journal of Lesbian Studies (2010), and "'At least half the pages will consist of pictures': New Masses and Politicized Visual Art" in American Periodicals (2011). Her anthology, co-edited with Paula Wisotzki, titled Transitional Generations. American Women Artists 1935 to 1970 is currently under contract with Ashgate Press.



Dr. Ying-Chen Peng

Dr. Ying-Chen Peng specializes in late imperial and modern Chinese art history with a focus on gender issues and globalization of material culture. Before joining the American University she worked at the National Palace Museum and the Academia Sinica, both in Taiwan, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a pre-doctoral research fellow and received her PhD degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2014. Currently she is revising a book manuscript entitled "Staging Sovereignty: Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) and Late Qing Court Art Production." She is also conducting research on the Chinese porcelain industry in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the role it played in shaping modern connoisseurship of Chinese decorative art in Europe and the United States.

Dr. Peng's courses on Chinese and East Asian art range from Buddhist art of Asia and art and material culture of China to thematic issues on gender in modern East Asian visual culture, contemporary Chinese art and early photography in East Asia.



Jesse Harrod

Jesse Harrod has an MFA from the department of Fiber and Material Studies from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. She is currently the Head of Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia.

Harrod has been writing and making work that employs traditional and contemporary craft practices for the past 7 years. By creating both large and mid-scale installations out of vernacular and lowbrow materials conventionally associated with hobby crafts and domesticity, Harrod explores craft as a shadow category of art production to traditional or mainstream fine art. Foregrounding questions of gender, queerness, and their intersections, Harrod's work tracks the affective and cultural circulation of meaning through which particular materials become designated as "trash" and "waste." Across her practice, Harrod shows how these discarded materials can be re-purposed on behalf of insurgent imaginations of queer-feminist survival. 

Harrod has exhibited at the American University Museum in Washington, DC, La Esquina in Kansas City, MO, and the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in NYC. Her work is included in forthcoming exhibitions at the Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, WI, the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, and the Boston Center for the Arts. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Ox-bow, and RAIR Philly. Her work has appeared in The Journal of Modern Craft, Artslant, and Hyperallergic. Recently, she joined Philadelphia-based arts organization Vox Populi where she works on education and fundraising.