1970s Feminist Art

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  • When I first saw this photo, I was appalled because it is extremely graphic and looked like a crime scene photo but as I was seeing it, several thoughts came into mind. One was the brutal and bloody nature of it. There is so much blood on her butt and back of legs but when most people are raped, there usually isn't a lot of blood; if anything, semen stains. The artist may be using blood as a medium for violence by stating that rape is a violent crime and akin to murder. The fact that the artist's face is faced down on the table also made me think of rape victims and in particular those raped pre -1970s, before the feminist movement. Women usually did not report a rape because they were embarassed or scared, so this image may be depicting that attitude. I thought it was interesting that this was created as a response to a rape that occured at her campus. Seeing something like this would definitely make people aware of rape and talk about it.
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1970s Feminist Art

  1. 1. 1970s Feminist Art
  2. 2. Chief Concerns of Feminists in the 1970s <ul><li>Gain full social and economic equality </li></ul><ul><li>Reveal and question society's definition of women's roles </li></ul><ul><li>To disclose the cultural construction of the body </li></ul><ul><li>To examine the natural processes of the body that have long been disregarded by western culture </li></ul><ul><li>To express (finally) the woman's identity </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sylvia Sleigh.  The Turkish Bath .  1973. Butler, Cornelia.  WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution.  Los Angeles: The Museum of Contemporary Art, 2007.
  4. 4. Remember Ingres Turkish Bath from the last voicethread activity?
  5. 5. Marina Abramovic <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>“ I felt really violated: they cut my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.” - Marina Abramovic </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is the point of this type of art?
  7. 7. Sheet Closet .  1972. http://www.fresnoalliance.com/home/images/Sheet_Closet.jpg The Feminist Art Program was an experiment in teaching   Participants engaged in consciousness raising sessions Collaboration was encouraged with the intention of forming a community Only women allowed in the classroom and studio    
  8. 8. Womanhouse 1972 theme was women's work aimed to &quot;search out and reveal the female experience...the dreams and fantasies of women as they sewed, cooked, washed and ironed away their lives.&quot; - Judy Chicago
  9. 9. <ul><li>&quot;Because we are denied knowledge of our history, we are deprived of standing upon each other's shoulders and build upon each other's hard earned accomplishments. Instead we are condemned to repeat what others have done before and thus we continually reinvent the wheel. The goal of The Dinner Party is to break this cycle.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Judy Chicago. The Dinner Party . 1974 - 79.
  10. 11. Ana Mendieta, The Rape 1970s
  11. 12. Silueta Series
  12. 13. http://www.pbs.org/art21/artists/antoni/index.html Janine ANTONI , please enter Below on hyperlink to view her Very, very interesting video.

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