WHEN: Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)
WHERE: St. Francis College - 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
PANELISTS INCLUDE LEAH SCHRAGER AND ELISA GARCIA DE LA JUERTA OF GO! PUSH POPS
The F Word constitutes an important step towards encouraging deeper critical thought about works that rarely receive more than sensationalist exposure in the press. –Char Jansen, ArtSlant
Following in the footsteps of ’60s art queens like Hannah Wilke and Carolee Schneemann, the artists blur the line between their lives, their bodies and their work. –Priscilla Frank, The Huffington Post
The F Word explores radical “4th wave” feminist performance through interviews with a new generation of feminist artists using their bodies as subject matter. Because the female body continues to be politicized and policed, and because these artists delve into the fecund territory of female sexuality, self-objectification, and the female form as a site of resistance, many remain marginalized by the mainstream art world. Leah Schrager, well known for her performance practice, Naked Therapy, states, “As soon as you introduce a bit of sexiness or sexuality into an artwork it suddenly becomes questionable. Just because something elicits arousal or shows elements of sexiness does absolutely not make it not art.” While some 4th wave artists, like Ann Hirsch and Kate Durbin, choose to analyze representations of female identity though digital media, others, like the radical, queer, transnational feminist art collective, Go! Push Pops, explore sexuality and gender in pop culture in the digital age. As feminist lecturer Kristen Sollee explains, 4th wavers, unlike their predecessors, “are not afraid to be ‘girly’, (or) to be hyper-feminine, or to wear a mini-skirt, to self-objectify. That was something that was not part of feminism in the past, and now it’s becoming more and more acceptable.”
The F Word is director Robert Adanto’s fourth documentary exploring contemporary art. The F Word premiered at the 2015 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and screened during Art Basel Miami Beach at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. Mr. Adanto’s was presented at Dallas Contemporary, in association with Black Sheep Feminism: The Art of Sexual Politics and as part of the Guerrilla Girls’ Twin City Takeover in Minneapolis at the Walker Art Center. His past films have looked at China’s explosive contemporary art scene (The Rising Tide 08), the lives and works of Iranian female artists (Pearls on the Ocean Floor 10) and the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the lives of New Orleans artists (City of Memory 14). His documentaries have been presented at The Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); The National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow; The Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia; The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago; The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto; The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami; The National Museum of Australia in Canberra; The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and others. A classically trained actor, Robert earned his M.F.A. in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is currently completing a film on the Belgrade-based performance artist, Marta Jovanovic.
Official Trailer and Selected Clips:
Go! Push Pops
Producer-Director: Robert Adanto
Featuring: Narcissister, Ann Hirsch, Go! Push Pops, Leah Schrager, Kate Durbin, Rafia Santana, Rachel Mason, Michelle Charles, Faith Holland, Claudia Bitran, Damali Abrams, Rebecca Goyette, and Sadaf
Experts: Dr. Kathy Battista, Nancy Princenthal, Kristen Sollee, Susan Bee
Music: MIMICO, DUST, & Gurl Crush
Running time: 95 minutes
Rating: No Rating
SCREENER AND IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Leah Schrager is an artist who works between the web and NYC. In her work she photographs, appears in, augments, and markets her own image. She’s interested in the line, movement, and biography of the female body. In 2010 she founded a new form of therapy as Sarah White, The Naked Therapist. She co-curated the female-positive BodyAnxiety.com exhibition, which is featured in the April 2015 issue of Art Forum. She graduated in 2015 with an MFA in Fine Art from Parsons, The New School. Her current project is ONA, her band, with the goal of creating a celebrity as part of an art practice, viewable at OnaArtist.com.
Elisa Garcia de la Huerta was born 1983 in Santiago, Chile and is an interdisciplinary artist and holistic Ayurveda practitioner. She received her BFA at Universidad Finis Terrae, Chile in 2006 and her MFA Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts, New York in 2011. She currently lives in Brooklyn where she develops her multimedia art practice and is co-leader of Go! Push Pops a queer, transnational feminist performance art collective. Elisa has shown her photography, multimedia textile video installations or performance at the Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum, Whitney Museum, Untitled Space, Momenta Art, C24 Gallery and Soho20 Gallery in New York, USA and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Museo Historico Militar, Galeria Artespacio in Santiago, Chile as well as Select Art Fair for Miami Basel and Busan, Korea. She has been nominated for the Rema Hort Mann Visual Arts Grant with Go! Push Pops, with whom she has obtained a Brooklyn Arts Council Grant and the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice. Her work has been featured in Dazed and Confused Magazine, Huffington Post, ArtSlant, Bowery + Bedford, Slutist, ART 21 Magazine, Hyperallergic, The Wild Magazine, NY Observer, Paper Magazine, Art Fag City, Art Net TV, Bushwick Daily, BronxNet TV, Abiola TV, El Mercurio, Mas Deco, Artishock and Arte al Limite Magazine among others. Garcia has been an Artist-in-Residence at Alexandra Arts in Manchester, Soho20 Chelsea in NYC, The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore as well as in Havana, Cuba 2003 and London, UK 2007 and performed in Tokyo Japan with Go!PushPops as part of US/Japan exchange fellowship this 2015.