AUTO BIOGRAPHY AFTER FICTION: A Visual Artists' Approach to Curation & Criticism

Title

AUTO BIOGRAPHY AFTER FICTION: A Visual Artists' Approach to Curation & Criticism

Date

January 27 - February 17, 2017

Creator

Lindsay Hutchens & Michelle Marie Murphy (curators)

Description

Recognizing the poignancy of the second-wave feminist concept “personal as political,” graduate students Lindsay Hutchens and Michelle Marie Murphy began their collaborative research at the Joan Flasch Artists’ Books Collection in the Spring of 2016. They requested to view any works that germinate from an autobiographical perspective with the belief that autobiographically inspired (subjective) art can allow us to reflect on broader (objective) political and societal issues. Hutchens and Murphy exhibit the primary source findings along with their own aesthetic (subjective) representations using photography and writing to reveal and magnify broader issues of labor, wellness, and intimacy.

Table Of Contents

I'm Here: a two-part tribute to my mother, Matt Austin, 120.20

A Good Girl, A Bad Girl: a tale in two parts, Lori Christmastree, 3.15

Snowflakes, Jno Cook, 67.14

Re:productive Vol. 1, Christa Donner, Zine 5.82

The Notion of Family, LaToya Ruby Frazier, 91.40

Datebooks, 1964/65, Eva Hesse, ABR/REF NB588.H44 A2 2006 

Ta(rot) pack, Dorothy Iannone, Z14.19

Redressing the Sixties: (art) lessons á la mode, Susan Elizabeth King, 22.33

Portraits from Memory, Richard Kostelanetz, 128.69

Me and My Mother, Ragnar Kjarthansson, 107.32

Journal of the Identical Lunch, Alison Knowles RA 2.240

Madonna + Child, Nancy Linn, 124.82

The Gynecologist, Joan Lyons, 100.12

My Mother’s Book, Joan Lyons, 122.63

The Hidden Mother, Linda Fregni Nagler, Z23.1

Genesis for A Graphic Cosmogony, Brecht Vandenbroucke, 89.36

Relation

A "Galentine’s Day" screening was held in conjunction with the exhibition on February 13th, 2017 from 5:00pm - 6:45pm in the Flaxman Special Collections Reading Room (Sharp 508). The program featured work by artists whose practices deploy strategies explored in the exhibition, including Laurie Anderson, Nelson Hendricks, Dana Levy, Shana Moulton, Sadie Benning, Susan Mogul, and Linda Montano.

Hutchens and Murphy also produced a publication of critical and reflective text to accompany the exhibition and screening.

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Collection

Citation

Lindsay Hutchens & Michelle Marie Murphy (curators), “AUTO BIOGRAPHY AFTER FICTION: A Visual Artists' Approach to Curation & Criticism
,” SAIC Flaxman Library & Special Collection Exhibitions, accessed December 12, 2017, http://flaxman.omeka.net/items/show/88.

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