Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater
To mark the publication of October Files: Mary Kelly, a new anthology of essays and interviews that span the artist's career, Kelly discusses her work with the critic and theorist Rosalyn Deutsche. Like the anthology, the conversation highlights Kelly's sustained engagement with feminism and feminist history and her engagement with themes including labor, war, trauma, and the politics of care.
Mary Kelly is known for her project-based work, addressing questions of sexuality, identity and historical memory in the form of large-scale narrative installations. In 1989 she joined the faculty of the Independent Study Program at the Whitney. She is currently Professor of Art and Critical Theory in the School of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles where she has established an Interdisciplinary Studio area for graduate students engaged in site-specific, collective, and project-based practices.
Rosalyn Deutsche teaches modern and contemporary art at Barnard College/Columbia University. She has written extensively and lectured internationally on such interdisciplinary topics as art and urbanism, art and the public sphere, art and the declaration of rights, art and war, and feminist theories of subjectivity in visual representation.
This program is being held in connection with the exhibition Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection, which includes Kelly’s Antepartum (1973).
Tickets are required ($10 adults, $8 members, students and seniors).