Acting out: Performing feminisms in the contemporary art museum

Haynes, Rachael & Pedersen, Courtney (2016) Acting out: Performing feminisms in the contemporary art museum. Journal of Australian Studies, 40(2), pp. 203-214.

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Abstract

The position that feminist art holds within the art museum is complex and often contradictory. There is a very real danger that when absorbed into the museum exhibition, feminist art can become a historicising category, framed as a singular movement rather than a currently relevant set of strategies. The alternative would be the presentation of feminism as a set of living practices. Since 2010, the feminist artist collective LEVEL has been involved in a range of activities designed to reinvigorate the discussion of women's position in the art world and society more broadly. LEVEL was commissioned to provide a public program as part of the WAR IS OVER! (IF YOU WANT IT): YOKO ONO exhibition held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in late 2013. This paper discusses the design of that project as an attempt to move beyond the script of feminism as a historical moment, and back to the lived experience of feminist art as political understanding and social engagement.

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ID Code: 95945
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Special Issue: Feminism and the Museum
Keywords: Feminism, Art museum, Collaboration, Activism, Participatory Art
DOI: 10.1080/14443058.2016.1157699
ISSN: 1835-6419
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Performance and Installation Art (190504)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Deposited On: 05 Jun 2016 22:37
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2016 22:17

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