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Noted scholar on feminist art to speak at exhibit opening, Mon Oct. 5th

Image from the invitation to the 4th Annual Open Walls Art Exhibit
Artemisia Gallery, June 20, 1980.
Image from the Women Art Registry Collection

Hilary Robinson, Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, will be the keynote speaker at the opening of Rutgers University Libraries' fall exhibition, "Bridging Generations: Women Artists and Organizations from the Rutgers Collections." The opening will be held on Monday, October 5, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. in the Scholarly Communication Center on the fourth floor of the Archibald S. Alexander Library, and will be followed by a reception.

Educated in the United Kingdom, Hilary Robinson has worked as an artist, arts administrator, critic, and teacher. In 2002, she was appointed head of the School of Art and Design at the University of Ulster. Under her leadership, the University of Ulster became one of the foremost design institutions in the United Kingdom. Her own research is in the field of contemporary art theory. She has published Visibly Female (1987), Feminism-art-theory: An Anthology, 1968-2000 (2001), and Reading Art, Reading Irigaray: The Politics of Art by Women (2006). Robinson used Rutgers University Libraries' women artists' collections while researching Feminism-art theory/ writing that they shaped the form and content of the book. She is currently preparing a new edition of this work, which will explore how artists are engaging with feminist themes in the twenty-first century.

While Bridging Generations focuses on the critical and much-debated women's art of the 1970s, it also explores feminist themes in women artists' work dating from the early twentieth century to the present. The exhibition draws on Rutgers University Libraries' rich collections documenting contemporary and historical women artists, including the papers of artists Faith Ringgold, Ora Lerman, and Judith Brodsky. The exhibition also draws upon the records of the Lucy Lippard Women's Art Registry, the Heresies Collective, the National Association of Women Artists, and the New York Feminist Art Institute. These collections are part of the Miriam Schapiro Archives on Women Artists, a growing special collection focused on contemporary women artists and art organizations in New Jersey and beyond. Bridging Generations also features the first ever exhibition of approximately thirty-five "visual diaries." These colorful and moving autobiographical works were created in workshops taught by sculptor and New York Feminist Art Institute board member Nancy Azara, who used consciousness-raising techniques to help women visualize the reality of their lives.

The exhibition will be on display in Gallery '50 and the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery on the first floor and lower level of the Archibald S. Alexander Library at 169 College Avenue in New Brunswick from October 5, 2009 to January 30, 2010. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is co-sponsored by the Institute for Women and Art, TheFeministArtProject, and the Women Artists Archives National Directory (WAAND). Any views, finding, conclusions or recommendations in these programs do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

Please RSVP to 732/932-7505 or If you need assistance with parking, kindly indicate with your RSVP. For more information about the exhibit and other related programming, please contact Fernanda Perrone at or 732/932-7006 (x363).

New Jersey Council for the Humanities

Posted September 15, 2009