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Gender, Action and Abstract Expressionism



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Saturday 26 November 2016
3 — 4.30pm

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Helen Frankenthaler in the studio

Photo: Ernst Haas/Ernst Haas/Getty Images

Join Professor Jen Harvie in exploring how Abstract Expressionism reimagined masculinity, how women contributed to this shift, and how feminist performance art came roaring in its wake.

Although it was indisputably a male-dominated movement, women were instrumental in the powerful legacy of Abstract Expressionism. In this talk, Professor Jen Harvie examines how the Abstract Expressionist focus on processes and technique in painting revealed the importance of the painter’s body and its actions, strength and scale. This then opened the door to experiments in performance art by influential feminist artists such as Carolee Schneemann and Yoko Ono.

Join this roundtable discussion and debate the complex relationships between Abstract Expressionism and performance art beyond the canon.

Jen Harvie is Professor of Theatre and Performance at Queen Mary University of London.

This event invites audiences to participate in a round-table discussion in the General Assembly Room. We encourage ticket holders to bring thoughts and perspectives to share with others and generate an informed debate with invited speakers.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Saturday 26 November 2016

3 — 4.30pm

The General Assembly Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

£8, £5 concessions