At the intersection of feminism, science fiction, and disco, this panel aims to locate the mother-shaped hole in contemporary art discourse. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Universal Declaration of Infantile Anxiety Situations Reflected in the Creative Impulse by My Barbarian and on the occasion of the publication of the book Mothernism by Lise Haller Baggesen.
Panelists Elise Archias, Lise Haller Baggesen, and Hamza Walker will discuss how and why the mother—and in particular the maternal experience—is so often absent from (or even taboo in) the contemporary art world.
Elise Archias is Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research centers on modernism, performance art, and contemporary art, questioning the relationship between abstract ideas and physical materials and needs in 20th and 21st century life and aesthetics. Her book, The Concrete Body— Schneemann, Rainer, Acconci (forthcoming), explores the ways the use of the body as a material in the work of three prominent performance artists revised radical modernist aesthetics for the 1960s as part of a broader critique of everyday life within spectacle culture.
Lise Haller Baggesen completed her MA in Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute in 2013. Her work has evolved from a traditional painting practice toward a hybrid practice including curating, writing, and immersive multimedia installation work. Her work has been shown internationally in artist-run spaces, galleries and museums, including Overgaden in Copenhagen, W 139 in Amsterdam, the Municipial Museum in the Hague, the MoMu in Antwerp, and 6018 North in Chicago. Boulevard Dreamers, her collaborative project with Kirsten Leenaars, was presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in January 2014.
Hamza Walker is the Director of Education and Associate Curator for the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Walker is currently is on the boards of Noon, a literary annual publishing short fiction, and Lampo, a new and experimental music presenter. In addition, he has served on numerous panels locally and internationally, and is the recipient of the 1999 Norton Curatorial Grant and the 2004 Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. In 2010, he won the Ordway Prize for recognition of his contribution to Contemporary Art.