Co curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman and Melissa Hilliard Potter.
Revolution at Point Zero is the first exhibition of its kind to position the feminist art as the progenitor of contemporary socially-engaged art. The exhibition is inspired by Silvia Federici's book, Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle, and uses her Marxist feminist theory on the invisible labor of women as a framing device for the discourse around the exhibition.
The exhibition features women-identified, North American artists whose work focuses on radical acts of the personal and political. Selected works include: Laura Andrson Barbata'sJulia Pastrana: A Homecoming, including the gender-subverting, history re-envisioning burlesque performance with Fem Appeal; Marisa Jahn'sThe Careforce, with a public performance choreographed and performed by activitsts of the domestic labor movementl Las Nietas de Nono'sIlustraciones de la Mecánica, participatory theatre of untold narratives about reproductive health in Puerto Rico, Megan Young’sLongest Walk, with Angela Davis Fegan, an installation of female identifying bodies in public spaces created in protest of politics as usual; and a featured recent work entitled Snow Workers' Ballet by Mierle Laderman Ukeles, one of the pioneers of the social practice movement.
Co-curated by Jessica Cochran and Melissa Hilliard Potter
The exhibition initiative Social Paper: Hand Papermaking in the Context of Socially Engaged Art charts the evolution of the art of hand papermaking in relation to recent discourse around socially engaged art and points specifically to craft, labor and site specificity, as well as the collaborative and community aspects of hand papermaking as contemporary art practice.
co-curated by Reni Gower and Melissa Hilliard Potter
With traditional hand papermaking at its core, Pulped Under Pressure (first exhibition at the Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center January 16 - March 3, 2016) underscores important contemporary issues steeped in history and craft. Enticed through touch, these works encourage a contemplative slowing down even as they urge acknowledgement of some of the most pressing issues (environmental crisis to global marginalization) facing civilization today.
The show has traveled to the Wriston Art Center at Lawrence University, and Mary Washington University among others through 2019/20.
Exhibition card for Pulped Under Pressure, co-curated with Reni Gower