The Visual & Critical Studies department is proud to present a screening of Robert Adanto’s new documentary The F Word, a documentary examining radical 4th wave feminist performance. A panel discussion will follow the presentation of Mr. Adanto’s film.

Featuring: Narcissister, Ann Hirsch, Go! Push Pops, Leah Schrager, Kate Durbin, Rebecca Goyette, Rachel Mason, Sadaf, Michelle Charles, Claudia Bitran, Rafia Santana, Faith Holland, and Damali Abrams.

A seven minute preview of SOLARA Saturnalia (Kawaii Kali REDUX), a film by Katie Cercone, starring Egyptian Lover and the Black Diamond Ganguro GAL Unit, 2015, will begin the evening’s program.

The F Word explores radical “4th wave” feminist performance through interviews with a new generation of feminist artists who use their bodies as subject matter. Because the female body continues to be politicized and policed, and because these artists delve into the fecund territory of female sexuality, self-objectification, and the female form as a site of resistance, many remain marginalized by the mainstream art world. Brooklyn-based Leah Schrager, well known for her performance practice, Naked Therapy, states, “As soon as you introduce a bit of sexiness or sexuality into an artwork it suddenly becomes questionable. Just because something elicits arousal or shows elements of sexiness does absolutely not make it not art.” While some 4th wave artists, like Ann Hirsch and Kate Durbin, choose to analyze representations of female identity through digital media, others, like the radical, queer, transnational feminist art collective, Go! Push Pops, explore sexuality and gender in pop culture in the digital age. As feminist lecturer Kristen Sollee explains, 4th wavers, unlike their predecessors, “are not afraid to be ‘girly’, (or) to be hyper-feminine, or to wear a mini-skirt, to self-objectify” in the service of challenging patriarchal oppression or sexist ideals.

Dr. Kathy Battista, Director of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York and author of Re-negotiating the Body: Feminist Artists in 1970s London (IB Tauris, 2012), is an on-screen expert, as are noted art critic and curator, Nancy Princenthal, feminist lecturer, Kristen Sollee, and artist Susan Bee.

This event is free and open to the public.

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