Lisa Vinebaum Artist Talk

Lisa Vinebaum is an interdisciplinary artist, critical writer, and educator. Her art practice incorporates performance, public and site specific interventions, installation, textiles, video, photography and protest tactics to explore the construction and performance of identity and subjectivity — often enacted in response to attempts at erasure and elision — with a focus on contemporary Jewish identity formations. Current research and artistic investigations explore labor, performance and collectivity in the larger context of economic globalization and cutbacks to workers’ rights. She also writes about the social histories of textiles and their connections to contemporary fiber and socially engaged art.

Her creative work has been included in exhibitions and festivals internationally, including David Weinberg Photography, Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Brave New Art World, and 2nd Floor Rear Festival of Art in Itinerant Spaces (Chicago), Performance Studies International 19 (Stanford University, CA), Open Engagement: Art & Social Practice (Portland State University, Portland OR), Nuit Blanche and La Centrale (Montreal), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Lincoln Center (New York NY), , and the European Media Art Festival (Osnabruck, Germany), and in conjunction with Grace Exhibition and Performance Space (Brooklyn), and Articule Gallery (Montreal).

Lisa Vinebaum’s scholarly work has been published in academic journals and edited anthologies, including the Journal of Modern Craft online, Art Textiles of the World: Canada (Telos Art Publishing, 2009), Emergency Index (Ugly Duckling Press, 2012), and Shifter. She is co-editor of “Crafting Community: Textiles, Public and Social Space”, a special issue of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture (Taylor and Francis, 2015) and the anthology Material Matters: The Politics of Making and Materials, in process. Forthcoming chapters in edited volumes include "Performing Globalization" in The Handbook of Textile Culture (Bloomsbury 2015), and "Victoria Stanton's Transactional Performance" in Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance by Candadian Women, Volume II. She has lectured and presented papers at conferences internationally, most recently at the College Art Association Annual Conference (New York 2013), Performance Studies International 18 (University of Leeds UK 2012), Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium (Washington DC 2012), Dis/Locations: Being Out of Place (Concordia University, Montreal 2011), the Festival of Other Theatre (University of Toronto 2011), and Radical Intersections: Performance Across Disciplines (Northwestern University, Chicago 2009). She will co-chair a panel on the theme of textiles and collaboration at the upcoming College Art Association Annual Conference in Chicago in 2014.

Lisa Vinebaum holds a PhD in Art from Goldsmiths, University of London (UK); an MA in Textiles also from Goldsmiths, and a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal. She is an Assistant Professor in the department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Associate Editor of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture (Taylor and Francis)