& Material
Dr. Lisa Vinebaum, Assistant Professor


Wednesday, September 14, 4:30 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., Room 1307

Presented as part of her Final Contract Review toward Tenure in the Department of Fiber & Material Studies. 

All Faculty, Students and Staff are invited to attend.

Working across theory and practice, I consider text, history, politics, and social relationships as material for artistic practice — both my own and that of other artists. My various projects investigate labor, subjectivity, collectivity, and social relationships, and I am especially interested in the mobilization of textiles and textile skills and techniques to bring people together to foster dialogue and community, education and exchange. With this in mind, I explore connections between past and present forms of making, organizing, agitating, and educating. Through critical writing and editing projects, I consider the work of artists like Anne Wilson, Carole Frances Lung, Aram Han Sifuentes, and Mandy Cano Villalobos, who combine material investigations, skills sharing, and expanded spectatorship to explore labor equality and labor exploitation, creating new types of social bonds and social space in the process. Through creative endeavors across performance, textiles, print works, neon, text based installations, public interventions and participatory sewing projects, I explore the ways in which historical campaigns for labor and social justice continue to resonate in contemporary struggles for better working and living conditions, connecting historical demands of the American labor movement to larger struggles for social, racial and economic justice and equality. My projects draw inspiration from historical instances of collective organizing, particularly in the labor movement, and they seek to connect past and present forms of collectivity, collaboration, and community building. In this presentation I will present a selection of recent scholarly and creative works that reflect my interests in the economic, political, discursive, and social aspects of fiber and textiles. The presentation will be followed by a question + answer period.

Dr. Lisa Vinebaum is an interdisciplinary artist, critical writer and educator. She holds a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London, an MA in Textiles also from Goldsmiths, and a BFA in Fibers from Concordia University in Montreal, Québec. She is Associate Editor of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture (Taylor and Francis). Recent and forthcoming publications include commissioned chapters in The Handbook of Textile Culture (Bloomsbury Academic 2015), Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance by Canadian Women, Volume II (YYZ Press, 2016), The Companion to Textile Culture (Wiley-Blackwell 2018), Danica Maier, Grafting Propriety: From Stitch to the Drawn Line, Black Dog Press (2017), and the Companion on Contemporary Craft (Wiley Blackwell 2019), along with numerous critical and catalog essays. Lisa Vinebaum has lectured and presented papers at academic conferences internationally including at the Textile Society of America Biennial Symposia (2016, 2014 and 2012), The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth, the College Art Association Annual Conference (2017, 2014 and 2013), and Performance Studies International 18. Her creative work has been performed and exhibited in the USA, Europe, and Asia, including at Performance Studies International 19, Open Engagement: Art & Social Practice, Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Spudnik Press Cooperative, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, the UCLA Hammer Museum, Grace Exhibition and Performance Space, and Articule Gallery. She is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Craft Research Fund, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Quebec Fund for Research on Culture and Society, and is a finalist for the Textile Society of America Founding Presidents Award.