In the midst of a cultural reckoning spurred by infringements on women’s rights in Poland and the United States, new political and civil movements are on the rise. While the past few years have been largely viewed as a feminist renaissance, art institutions continued to stumble into familiar traps of institutional patriarchy and systematic discrimination, tumbling backward from progress into the Middle Ages. As a response to recent events in both countries, Residency Unlimited (RU) and the Polish Cultural Institute New York have collaborated to present two panel discussions in March 2021 for Women’s History Month. Titled New Renaissance in Feminist Art, this mini-series will examine the concept of the body as a tool for political oppression as well as a point of resistance.
The first panel will be held on International Women’s Day, Monday, March 8, 2021, at 2pm (EST). Women leaders of art institutions in Poland and the US will come together to reflect on their ongoing activism and involvement with feminist narratives, and the impact this has had on institutional programming. Speakers include Agnieszka Rayzacher, the founder and director of Warsaw-based gallery lokal_30 and an organizer of SemFem seminars on contemporary issues in art and feminism, and Joan Snitzer, Professor of Art History and co-Chair Director of Visual Arts at Barnard College, Columbia University, who as a painter has been involved with the Brooklyn nonprofit A.I.R. Gallery since its early beginnings. Jenée-Daria Strand, Curatorial Assistant for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at Brooklyn Museum, will moderate the discussion.
The second panel will take place on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 5pm (EST). Anna Orbaczewska, a Polish painter and multimedia artist represented by lokal_30, and Tel Aviv and New York-based action painter Rotem Reshef, RU’s current artist-in-residence, will discuss how they engage with feminist activism as women and artists, and how it impacts their participation, position, and presentation of their respective work in Poland, Israel, the US, and across borders. The panel will be moderated by Sheetal Prajapati, artist, Interim Managing Director of Common Field, founder of Lohar Projects, Faculty member at School of Visual Arts’ MFA Fine Arts program, and Board Chair (2021–2023) of Art + Feminism.
This program is initiated and funded by the Polish Cultural Institute New York, presented and co-organized in partnership with Residency Unlimited, in collaboration with lokal_30, the Brooklyn Museum, Barnard College at Columbia University, Lohar Projects, and A.I.R. Gallery.