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Chair: Sherri Cornett sherri [at] sherricornett.com
The International Caucus of the Women’s Caucus for Art is so very fortunate to offer Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art. This is an unprecedented, art-based cultural exchange for BOTH women artists and essayists in the US to exhibit and share their work with women artists in China at LuXun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang. Luxun Academy is one of the premier art academies in China.Exhibition Dates: April 15-30, 2014
Venue: LuXun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang, China
Eligibility: Open to all self-identified women in the US and both international and national WCA members
Facebook page: Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art
Indiegogo campaign: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/466573/wdgi/3967541
Jurors: Alma Ruiz, Senior Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art - Los Angeles, for the art and Terri Weissman, assistant professor of Art History at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for the essays.
Call for Art We are encouraging all media, especially new media and social practice art documentation. Deadline October 6, 2013
Call for Essays We are pleased to be able to include writers, professors and historians in this project. Deadline October 13, 2014
A small working delegation of WCA members will go to LuXun Academy to build community, enhance mutual understanding, share our artistic perspectives and techniques through art-based events that this delegation will lead. More information at http://wcainternationalcaucus.weebly.com/half-the-sky-2014shenyang-china.html <http://wcainternationalcaucus.weebly.com/half-the-sky-2014shenyang-china.html>
Theme/Background for Call for Art
Almost a half-century ago, Chairman Mao Zedong, who famously said “Women hold up half the sky,” believed women’s active participation in reform would solve China’s economic and societal challenges. More recently, women and men leaders across the world are calling for women’s voices to be heard in all decision making. The theme is now a movement, a documentary, a musical recording. Michelle Bachelet, head of UN Women, opened the UN Commission on the Status of Women 2013 conference by extolling the benefits of being 53% of the world’s population. "Women do not need permission, they simply need to speak and act."
Artists are encouraged to interpret this theme broadly. What does it mean to be the majority of the world’s population? What must women do to hold up their “half”? How do women from different cultures interpret this responsibility, this call to action? How do we encourage and support each other through art?
Theme/Background for Call for Essays
LuXun Academy has asked us to have an essay component to the catalog related to the topic of Contemporary Art Practices of Women in the US. Are there any remaining and defining boundaries to women's art practices and how does this relate to a definition of art as a whole? Are there still niches of art practice particular to a woman's perspective? What are the roots of Social Practice Art in relation to women's art history? How are Social Practice Art academic programs shaping the work of women artists? This art-based cultural exchange project with its opportunities for building community and common understanding, collaborative art creation, and dialogue is, in itself, a piece of Social Practice Art. How are such works critiqued? How do we put Social Practice works in context with other art forms? Which women artists in the United States are creating excitement in today's art marketplace and/or influencing art practices?
Woman + Body explored the range of sexual identification - female, transgender, and male - with a contemporary, 21st century view. The subject of the female body was well-explored in the 1960's and produced many discourses in the 90's, related to such issues as AIDS, cosmetic surgery, stereotyping and discrimination.
Priscilla Otani and Sherri Cornett, WCA delegates to the United Nations, attended the UN DPI/NGO Conference in Bonn, Germany in September. The conference was an opportunity for NGOs to share their work around issues of sustainability and volunteerism and to submit recommendations for a document that will be considered at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil in June 2012.