The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts supports embedded arts research through critical exchange

UCIRA Artist Irene Lusztig and UC Santa Cruz IHR Complicated Labors Research Cluter, Porter College, and Sesnon Gallery present: COMPLICATED LABORS

COMPLICATED LABORS
feminism, maternity, and creative practice

Dates: WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 5 – MARCH 15, 2014, 10 AM – 7 PM

The Complicated Labor Research Cluster is an interdisciplinary collaboration that brings together artists, writers, and scholars around questions of feminism, maternity, and creative process. It seeks to center questions of care in our research and art whether they are explicit sites of inspiration and study or simply important to the conditions in which we undertake expressive practices. Through film, visual art and photography, performance, writing, and scholarship we will explore the complexities of contemporary motherhood.

This symposium, with keynote address by foundational feminist artist Mary Kelly, will create a space for critical interdisciplinary dialogue around issues of maternity, feminism, art-making, and writing, explicitly putting the 1970s in conversation with the current moment and putting writers in conversation with visual artists.
COMPLICATED LABORS SYMPOSIUM: 10 AM – 5 PM
DARC Light Lab, UC Santa Cruz

Keynote speaker: Mary Kelly
Symposium Participants: Amra Brooks, Jennifer Gonzalez, Mary Kelly, Natalie Loveless, Irene Lusztig, Jill Miller, Megan Moodie, Kate Moses, Micah Perks, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Michelle Tea and The Mother Art Collective

COMPLICATED LABORS GALLERY SHOW: February 5 – March 15
Sesnon Gallery, UC Santa Cruz
Opening Reception: February 5, 5 – 7 PM

Featuring work by: Lenka Clayton, Mary Kelly, Natalie Loveless, Irene Lusztig, Jill Miller, Mother Art Collective, Alejandra Herrera Silva, Mierle Laderman Ukeles

For more information about this event, please click here.

Addiitional sponsors: University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), UCSC Arts Dean’s Excellence Fund, FemCRES at UCSC, Oakes College, Merrill College, Stevenson College, Kresge College, and the History of Art and Visual Culture, Art, Film and Digital Media, and Feminist Studies Departments.

[image courtesy Jill Miller. Body Configurations with My Son, Digital Photograph 2013]

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