Julia Bryan-Wilson: Dancing at the Fence


Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

In 1968, choreographer and dancer Simone Forti moved to Rome. During her brief stay, she spent time observing animals in the zoo, as well as working and performing among Arte Povera artists. This talk investigates how Forti's encounters in Rome with new methods of movement and materials became pivotal to her procedures of constructing dance, as she proposed models of collaboration between animate subjects and inanimate objects.

Julia Bryan-Wilson is Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in the History of Art Department at University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include questions of artistic labor, feminism, queer theory, performance, photography, and textile handicraft. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era, UC Press, 2009, and editor of OCTOBER Files: Robert Morris, which was published in 2013 by the MIT Press. A scholar and critic, Bryan-Wilson has written about artists such as Laylah Ali, Ida Applebroog, Lisa Anne Auerbach, the Cockettes, Sharon Hayes, Harmony Hammond, Yoko Ono, Ana Mendieta, Yvonne Rainer, and Anne Wilson, in publications that include Art Bulletin, Artforum, The Craft Reader, Textiles Reader, October, Journal of Modern Craft, and many exhibition catalogs. Her article "Invisible Products" received the 2013 Art Journal award. She has held grants from the Getty, the Clark Art Institute, the Henry Moore Institute, and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. Bryan-Wilsonis currently the Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor at the Courtauld Institute in London. Her book in progress is entitled Crisis Craft: Handmade Art and Activism since 1970.