Maud Lavin has published essays and writing on a wide range of subjects, including Hannah Höch’s Weimar-era photocollages; the role of graphic design in shaping the public sphere—particularly democracy and social issues; and being middle-aged. This lecture, a discussion of women’s need for aggression along with the effects of its manifestation and representation, is part of the ongoing work on her Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press publication, Push Comes to Shove: New Images of Aggressive Women. In describing the project, Lavin suggests that the subject of female aggression is a way to open a discourse on numerous “delicious, fascinating, crucial, powerful, lustful issues.”
Lavin is the Chair of Visual Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a PhD in Art History from City University of New York, as well as an MA from University of Pennsylvania. Lavin has received many awards for her writing, including a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim Fellowship.