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Fray: Art and Textile Politics

Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Stephens Hall
In 1974, women in a feminist consciousness-raising group in Eugene, Oregon, formed a mock organization called the Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society. Emblazoning its logo onto t-shirts, the group wryly envisioned female collective textile making as a practice that could upend conventions, threaten state structures, and wreak political havoc. Elaborating on this example as a prehistory to the more recent phenomenon of “craftivism”— the politics and social practices associated with handmaking— Professor of History of Art Julia Bryan-Wilson explores textiles and their role at the forefront of debates about process, materiality, gender, and race in times of economic upheaval. After an introduction by Natalia Brizuela (Spanish & Portuguese), Bryan-Wilson will speak briefly about her work and then open the floor for discussion.