Dr. Lisa Vinebaum: History as Material


Wednesday, November 19, 4:30 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., room 1307

A presentation by Dr. Lisa Vinebaum, Assistant Professor, as part of her Penultimate Contract Review toward Tenure in the Department of Fiber & Material Studies.  

Dr. Lisa Vinebaum's work draws on history as source material for artistic production, critical writing, and teaching. Through a range of creative and scholarly outputs including public and site-specific performances and interventions, lens-based works, collaborations, and theoretical writing, she explores cross-temporal connections in an effort to consider the complex ways in which history can contour our material conditions, identity formations, and subject positions. Because history itself is contested and constructed, her projects also examine the ways in which history is written and inscribed into memory, a process that often involves the privileging of certain histories over others. As such she seeks to revive, reclaim and re-present marginalized, ignored, and underrepresented histories in art, culture, and politics. In this talk, Lisa Vinebaum will present a selection of recent creative and scholarly projects that engage materially and theoretically with histories in the labor movement, the textile industry, Jewish culture and politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The presentation will be followed by a question & answer period.

Lisa Vinebaum is an interdisciplinary artist, critical writer, and educator. She holds a PhD in Art from Goldsmiths, University of London; an MA in Textiles also from Goldsmiths; and a BFA in Fiber from Concordia University in Montreal, Québec. She is the Associate Editor of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, published by Bloomsbury Academic. Recent and forthcoming publications include commissioned chapters in Art Textiles of the World: Canada (Telos Art Publishing 2009), The Handbook of Textile Culture (Bloomsbury 2015), Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance by Canadian Women, Volume II (YYZ Press, 2015), The Companion to Textile Culture (Wiley-Blackwell 2016), and the Journal of Modern Craft online. She is co-editor of "Crafting Community: Textiles, Public and Social Space," a special issue of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture (2015). She has lectured and presented papers at academic conferences internationally, most recently at the Textile Society of America Biennial Symposia (2014 and 2012), The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth, the College Art Association Annual Conference (2013 and 2014), and Performance Studies International 18. Her creative work has been performed and exhibited internationally, most recently at Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Performance Studies International 19, Open Engagement: Art & Social Practice, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, the UCLA Hammer Museum, the European Media Art FestivalVideomedeja,  in conjunction with Grace Exhibition and Performance Space in Brooklyn, and at Articule Gallery in Montreal.