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Exhibition Detail
Staging the Self (Transformations, Invasions, And Pushing Boundaries)
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613

October 26th, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
© Courtesy of the Artist and Mills College Art Museum
Artist talk
Other (outside main areas)
Tue-Sun 11am-4pm; Wed 11am-7:30pm
book launch, Talk, Lecture
Admission is free. Lisser Theater

Martha Wilson will trace her work as a performance artist, activist, and the founder and ongoing Director of Franklin Furnace. She will begin in 1971 with her early “body art” in Nova Scotia, Canada, followed by her move to New York in 1974, where she continued to work as an artist. In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, the famous New York-based alternative art space that has for 35 years championed temporal art: artists’ books, installations, and performance art.

This Fall The Martha Wilson Sourcebook: 40 Years of Reconsidering Feminism, Performance, Alternative Spaces, an anthology of writings from 18th century English literature to current texts, was published by Independent Curators International. The Sourcebook is a collection of primary research material consisting of rare archival documents and excerpts of landmark publications that influenced Wilson, such as Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, Erving Goffman’s The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Susan Sontag’s On Photography, and Lucy Lippard’s C 7,500 catalog. This unique selection of materials reveals Wilson’s interest in fellow artists and activists such as Vito Acconci, Angela Davis, The Guerilla Girls, Howardena Pindell, Carolee Schneemann, and Nancy Spero.

The Sourcebook will be available for purchase for $25. For more information, visit

This event is presented by the Jane Green Endowment for Studies in Art History and Criticism and is the first lecture of the Mills MFA Lecture Series.

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