Gabriele Schor, Founding Director of the SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection, Vienna and co-curator of the Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, presents Why it matters to call the feminist art movement of the 1970s an Avant-Garde. She is then joined by Anna Dannemann, Curator at The Photographers’ Gallery for an in-conversation, followed by a discussion with the audience.
Avant-gardes produce strikingly novel art. They are radical, provocative, and self-reflective in form as well as in subject matter, as the examples of Fluxus, conceptual art, and Viennese Actionism illustrate.
Inspired by the women’s movement and the conviction that ‘the private is political’, many women artists of the 1970s undertook a collective endeavor without precedent in the history of art: to remake the ‘image of woman.’
Gabriele Schor’s lecture sheds light on formal traits and thematic concerns many of these works share and explains why it is high time for the ‘feminist avant-garde’ to be included in the art-historical canon.
SAMMLUNG VERBUND COLLECTION
The SAMMLUNG VERBUND Collection was founded in 2004 in Vienna by VERBUND, Austria’s leading producer of electricity from hydropower. The collection focuses on international contemporary art from 1970 to the present day, with an emphasis amonst others on the Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s. Curator Gabriele Schor coined the term Feminist Avant-Garde in order to highlight the pioneering achievements of these artists.
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