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THE FEMALE BODY IN CONTEMPORARY ART: A PANEL DISCUSSION
Wednesday, February 26, 7 pm – 9 pm
This event is free and open to all

A distinguished panel of artists and scholars will discuss self-portraiture and the female body as subject in contemporary art. Anne Swartz, Art History Professor at Savannah College of Art and Design, and Kathleen Wentrack, Assistant Art History Professor at the City University of New York, Queensborough, will moderate the panel. Participants include Julie Heffernan, New York based artist featured in Women Choose Women Again, Judith Henry, New York based artist featured in Women Choose Women Again and Martynka Wawrzyniak, Polish New York based mixed-media artist.

This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition Women Choose Women Again.

RSVP is recommended for this free event. Call 908.273.9121.



MODERATORS

Anne Swartz
Dr. Anne Swartz is an Art History professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design, specializing in contemporary art and women artists.

Kathleen Wentrack
Kathleen Wentrack is an Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art & Design at the City University of New York, Queensborough. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. She most recently published “What’s so Feminist about the ‘Feministische Kunst Internationaal’? Critical Directions in 1970s Feminist Art” in Frontiers, Fall 2012, and is working on an anthology of women’s art collectives entitled Collaboration, Empowerment, and Change: Women's Art Collectives. Dr. Wentrack served on the Committee on Women in Art of the College Art Association and is Co-Coordinator of The Feminist Art Project in New York City.


PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Julie Heffernan
Julie Heffernan is a Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She received her MFA at Yale School of Art in 1985. Heffernan has been exhibiting her paintings actively throughout the United States since 1988 and is currently represented by PPOW Gallery in New York City, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, California, and Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles, California. A version of her most recent 2013 solo exhibition at PPOW Gallery entitled Sky is Falling began at the Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles in 2012, and then travelled from the Palo Alto Cultural Center to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California in 2013-14. Sky is Falling deals with an imagined landscape after calamities like Hurricane Sandy and the BP oil spill. .

In 2011 Heffernan was inducted into the National Academy Museum in New York, and has been the recipient of many awards including a MacDowell Fellowship, a NYFA and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and a Fullbright-Hayes Grant. In 2009 she was invited to be the Guest Artist at BAM and was the 2010 Commencement Speaker at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Judith Henry
For over 40 years, Judith Henry has created evocative multimedia artworks that explore the friction between our interior lives and public selves. Henry’s projects often repurpose documentary materials like newspapers, telephone books and film clips in poignant explorations of identity and loss. In 2012, Judith Henry’s work was featured at Churner & Churner Gallery, Chelsea, New York. The exhibition established her role as partner in the innovative conceptual design studio, Wooster Enterprises (1976-78). During this period she designed crumpled paper stationery for the Museum of Modern Art, New York. More than 80,000 boxes of her stationary sold in over 27 years. The show was reviewed by New York Times, Village Voice and ARTslant. In 2000 she created Overheard in New York a temporary installation in the windows of Bergdorf Goodman's and in 2001 she installed Overheard in Los Angeles in the windows of Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills.

Henry has also exhibited her work at Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; White Columns, New York; A.I.R. Gallery, New York; Douglass College, New Brunswick, New Jersey, The Dayton Art Institute and Hundred Acres Gallery, New York. In addition, her work has been shown in Barcelona, London, Switzerland and Istanbul.
In 2006-08 Henry created several short video pieces which have been shown at San Francisco Short Film Festival; Technocracy, Carnegie Mellon University, Miller Gallery; Philadelphia Independent Film Festival; Ace Film Festival, New York and at the Festival de Cine International de Barcelona. She has created six artist’s books combining photography and text including Anonymous True Stories (1996), Overheard (2001), and Overheard in America (2006).

Martynka Wawrzyniak
Martynka Wawrzyniak (b. 1979, Poland) is a mixed-media artist who has worked with photography, video, performance and installations. Her solo exhibitions include Smell Me (2012), Kids and Ketchup (2009) at envoy enterprises, New York; Chocolate (2012) at Jousse Enterprise Gallery, Paris. Recent group projects include: FG.Ft (2011) at envoy enterprises, New York; Mob (2011) at Bullet Space, New York; Commercial Break (2011) presented by The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture at the 54th Venice Biennale, Italy; 4 Sale (2011) at Galeria Ego, Poland.



Artwork detail: Judith Hudson, All the Ravages of Time Cannot Overcome True Nature, 2013




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