feminist tea party

13Feb10

 

note: for updated information on this project, see the AFTP blog here, and our Facebook page here 

I’m excited to be participating in #class at Winkleman Gallery.  During this month-long event, artists Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida will transform the gallery into a think tank for discussions, presentations, and other art-like events engaging in a dialogue about the art market, the gallery model, and “all the unquantifiable, intangible, unpaid aspects of participating in the art world.”

On Wednesday March 10th at 2pm, Caitlin Rueter and I will be hosting a feminist tea party.

Our idea lies somewhere in between a contemporary consciousness raising group, a panel discussion, a performance, and a joke. Caitlin and I are interested in the history of how women meet and discuss feminist issues. We want to revisit the consciousness-raising groups of the 1970s in the context of a mid 20th century tea party. Our idea is to conflate the past and the present with a sense of humor that creates an environment where important, uncomfortable issues can be freely discussed in a non-academic, non-Art setting.

Our project will wed two different conceptions of a tea party: (1) the tea party as historical referent and site of political debate (think: the Boston Tea Party or the Beck/Palin ‘Tea Party’) with (2) the tea party as a gendered and highly-stylized ritual (think: 4 o’clock tea). Both the tea party and consciousness-raising groups offered spaces for dialogue that were simultaneously nurturing and exclusive.

In the gallery we will be creating an installation of sorts, a table set for tea complete with  frilly tablecloth, porcelain cups, finger sandwiches and cookies. While attempting to maintain a visual and stylistic protocol consistent with an afternoon tea party, we will engage visitors/guests (in costume)  in a dialogue around contemporary women’s issues that contrasts sharply with the formal, prissy setting.

Wednesday, March 10th, 2pm

Winkleman Gallery

637 West 27th Street

New York, NY

some links, for more information:

http://hashtagclass.blogspot.com/

http://www.winkleman.com/exhibition/view/1848

http://edwardwinkleman.blogspot.com/

http://caitlinrueter.com/01/

PRESS

http://artforum.com/picks/section=nyc#picks25015

http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/news-opinion/the-scene/2010-02-16/social-media-panel-william-powhida-an-xiao/

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/01/01/class-exhibit-challenges-new-museum-show/

http://www.artnet.com/magazineus/news/artnetnews/hashtagclass-skin-fruit2-18-10.asp

http://c-monster.net/blog1/2010/02/19/class-winkleman/

http://jameswagner.com/

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6 Responses to “feminist tea party”

  1. WOw! this sounds great. What costume are you wearing? do you need me to stitch something up? so much fun. xo

  2. 2 Sue Curtis

    Why on earth would you compare your event to the neanderthals Beck& Palin. They don’t represent the tea parties of our forefathers& mothers. They are just spinners, and recklessly dangerous at that. I love your concept but encourage you to step back from that comparison- it is repulsive to the civilized sector of the art community.

  3. 3 Norman Maddox

    The feminist tea party displayed vivid costumes, and the scenery (stage design) was flawless. A small amount of sex appeal was in the air, more than the presents of the women, but the totality of the women, costumes, porcelain dishes, and lace. I appreciate the all the time that was put into this production, however at appears to be executed effortlessly. Job well done ladies.

  4. 4 Sue Curtis

    Just watched the first half hour of the tea party… I was happy to see men seated at the feminist table. I found the discussion about the pecking order of curators interesting. The gentleman said that women were chosen first, then gay men, and that straight men didn’t stand a chance. I think that is true in any esoteric profession by default. I feel it is because of the ability to be insightful and sensitive to art in this case. Straight men usually aren’t able to generate emotionally educated viewpoints.

  5. 5 Gigi Larson

    During the Femist tea party, one lady decribed her reaction she recieved during a class decussion. When she told the class todays topic was garding femist, she recieved a negative reponise from student, with remarks such as, woman are trying to take over the mans place in the world.
    Base of my own life experance, I have had the same dicussion with my Grandmother, who felt as if todays women are trying to control the world. I tried to explain, the Femist movement has gave her the right to vote, better help care and has made it possible for her to live a life without a man. I truly do not believe people take the time to really read or listen to what women real want in America. On average women are stil second class citiziens.


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