Presented by Dr Gabriele Schor (SAMMLUNG VERBUND, Vienna)
Why is it important to call the feminist movement of the 1970s an Avant-Garde?
Dr Gabriele Schor is an art historian, critic, curator and the director of the SAMMLUNG VERBUND, a collection of art founded in 2004 in Vienna, with a strong emphasis on works by 20th-century female artists.
Her talk will be based on the exhibition she recently curated: “The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s” at the ZKM Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany (November 2017- April 2018). The exhibition includes 400 artworks from the Viennese art collection SAMMLUNG VERBUND. The exhibition does not merely aim at integrating the “Feminist Avant-Garde” into the canon of art history, but also seeks to emphasize the pioneering work of these female artists of the 1970s. For the first time, it was possible for female artists, who were born during WW2 or in the postwar years, to study art at the Fine Art Academies and to emancipate themselves from the passive role of muse and model. In their works, they posed radical new questions for society, the art scene and the roles of women.
The talk is free and open to all. Drinks are served afterwards in the John Higgitt Gallery.