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Art & Art History

Voices: Bibiana Obler, Sonal Khullar, and Jenni Sorkin; Moderated by Danny Orendorff

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria

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Please note that the date for this Voices lecture has been changed to Monday, February 17 at 6pm.

Bibiana Obler s lecture “Beyond Androgyny” explores Lynda Benglis’s ceramics. Obler’s book, Intimate Collaborations: Gender, Craft, and the Emergence of Abstraction (forthcoming from Yale University Press, 2014), focuses on two artist couples: Gabriele Muenter and Wassily Kandinsky, and Sophie Taeuber and Hans Arp. Obler is Assistant Professor of Art History at George Washington University.

Sonal Khullar s “The Artist as Craftsman” explores Maqbool F. Husain’s film Through the Eyes of A Painter (1967) and its placement of art in relation to crafts. Khullar examines the history of anti-colonial nationalism and contemporary cultural politics in India. Khullar s book projects include Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990, which charts a distinctive trajectory of modernism in the visual arts, and The Art of Dislocation, which examines collaboration as a critical response to globalization in contemporary art from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. She is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Washington.

Jenni Sorkin s “Sweatermen: Mark Newport and the Future of Feminist Craft” explores the gender politics around men working in textile mediums. Sorkin writes on the intersection of gender, material culture, and contemporary art. She is currently finishing a book titled The Rural Avant-Garde: Experiments in Ceramics, which examines the confluence of gender, artistic labor, and the history of post-war ceramics. She is Assistant Professor of Art History at UC Santa Barbara.

Danny Orendorff is a curator, writer, researcher, and activist currently working as the 2013-2014 Curator-in-Residence for the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri.</