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I Shot Andy Warhol: Labor, Feminism, and the Problem of Spectacle

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Laurie M. Tisch Education Center

This program examines Andy Warhol through the lenses of labor and feminist critique. As its starting point, it takes the 1964 New York Daily News headline “Actress Shoots Warhol,” which reported the attempted assassination of the artist by Valerie Solanas. In response, Solanas demanded a retraction: apart from her two appearances in Warhol’s films, she was a writer, not an actress. Join Joan Tisch Teaching Fellows Ayanna Dozier and Aliza Shvarts to explore how this mischaracterization speaks to the gendered dynamics of authorial agency and recognition, along with other questions raised by the exhibition Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again.

January 19, 26
6 pm

March 9, 16
6 pm

Ayanna Dozier is a PhD Candidate in Art History & Communication and Women & Gender Studies at McGill University, a Fellow in the Whitney Independent Studies Program, and a lecturer at Fordham University. Her dissertation, The Aberrations of Affect: Archives, Ritual, and the Counter-Poetics of Black Women’s Experimental Short Films (1970s-Present), examines the formal and narrative aesthetics in the work of Black women filmmakers. Her writings as a cultural theorist can be found in numerous journals of art and cultural theory.

Aliza Shvarts is PhD candidate in Performance Studies at New York University. Her doctoral dissertation, The Doom Performative, explores queer and feminist performance practices. Shvarts is also a practicing artist whose work has appeared at MoMA PS1 and the Tate Modern. Her writing has appeared in TDR: The Drama Review, Extensions: The Online Journal of Embodiment and Technology, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, and The Brooklyn Rail.

Free with Museum admission.

The Hearst Artspace and the Seminar Room are equipped with induction hearing loops and infrared assistive listening systems. Accessible seating is also available.

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