Claudine Majzels with a painting by Caroline Dukes. Photo by Bruce Hanks
Feminist Art: a four-part course
with Claudine Majzels
Wednesdays, January 23 and 30, and February 6 and 13, 2013, 7-8:30 pm at MAWA
Cost: $75 for MAWA members
Registration deadline January 18, 2013 at 4 pm
All genders welcome; places are limited
MAWA is pleased to present its first graduate-level course on feminist art, taught by professor Claudine Majzels. Each week Majzels will present the works of artists, historical and contemporary, which provoke questions such as: What has been the role of women in the production of art? Can forgotten women artists be rediscovered? How does the visual representation of women reflect (and construct) the position of women in society? How is art history as a discipline transformed by feminist theory? Has feminist art been co-opted into the old structures of patriarchy?
Reading materials will be provided in advance of each of the four sessions. Discussion will be inspired by these texts and the images presented each week by Majzels. This will be an active seminar course requiring engaged participation, argument, debate and laughter.
You can register online below, or email with “Feminist” in the subject line. Registration fees can be paid on-line or by cheque in advance at MAWA. Places are limited.
Claudine Majzels (Ph.D.) teaches Art History at the University of Winnipeg where she has created new courses on feminist art, Aboriginal arts and craft, and a seminar on “The Body in the Visual Arts” as part of the new MA program in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices at the U of W. Her publications include studies of 17th century Dutch Mennonite women artists and Winnipeg artist Caroline Dukes.
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A MAWA Master Class is an intensive mentorship experience. For a focused period time, often a week in duration, a senior artist of international caliber shares her expertise with a small group of selected mid-career artists. The goal of each MAWA Master Class is to take participating artists to the next level in their career by providing rigorous critique, networking, and experienced professional advice; by challenging expectations and comfort levels; and by elucidating the realities of the art world today. Master classes are designed for artists who already have a professional practice, but feel a need to restoke their creative engines and/or restrategize regarding their career goals.
Past Master Classes:
Master Class with Huma Mulji
Huma Mulji, Her Suburban Dream, taxidermy buffalo, metal rods, duco paint, welded sheet metal, cotton wool, 142” x 37” x 36”, 2009
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 – Saturday, January 21, 2012, inclusive
Application deadline: Friday, December 9, 2011, at 4 pm
MAWA is proud to announce that, with the assistance of the Canada Council Visiting Artist Program, world-renowned interdisciplinary artist Huma Mulji will be coming to Winnipeg in January. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about her:
“Huma Mulji’s work has moved more and more towards looking at the absurdities of a post-colonial society in transition, taking on board the visual and cultural overlaps of language, image and taste, that create the most fantastic collisions. She describes the time we live in as moving at a remarkable speed. In regard to Pakistan, Mulji refers to the experience of “living 200 years in the past and 30 years in the future all at once”. She is interested in looking at this phenomenon with humor, to recognize the irony of it, formally and conceptually. Rather than dwell on and follow existing theoretical issues of living and working in a post-colonial nation and applying those stagnant studies to a lived existence, she examines the pace of cultural change through her artwork. Mulji’s sculptural works respond to the possibilities of making things in Pakistan, and embrace low-tech methods of “making”, together with materials and forms that come from another time, and that are “imported”, “newly discovered” or “re-appropriated”. For example the work Arabian Delight is a low-tech taxidermy camel, stuffed in a suitcase. It plays with ideas of travel, transition, and of mental and physical movement, combined with an old world symbol of the camel, forced into the suitcase, looking formally uncomfortable, but nonetheless happy. This particular work also examines the relationship between Pakistan and the Gulf States and the manipulation of the Governments of Pakistan, the “Arabisation” of the country, for years, towards all but wiping out a “south Asian” identity, to replace it with a “Muslim” identity. For Mulji, this in itself is forced, unnatural, and disagreeable. However, she also approaches this problem from the angle of someone living within it: therefore looking at it with humor, and recognizing the absurd results of the situation, in daily life, and through interactions with each other, and the world.”
Intrigued? Don’t miss her artist talk! And if you’d like more, Huma will be teaching a 5-day intensive for mid-career and established women artists. Discussion topics will include the challenges of large-scale sculpture, issues of cross-cultural representation and how to navigate the perils of the international art world. She will also conduct studio visits with participants, and provide detailed, constructive feedback.
Enrollment in the master class will be limited to 4-6 artists, chosen by Huma in consultation with the MAWA staff.