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Women Shaping Space: Feminism and Materiality

October 6 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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Mary Ann Unger's abstract sculpture curve in tactile blue-black helixes.
Photo by Kate Abbott

In conjunction with the exhibition “Mary Ann Unger: To Shape a Moon from Bone,” a series of talks and discussions looks outward from the work of pioneering artist Mary Ann Unger to the contemporary landscape of curators and femme artists working at the intersections of large-scale sculpture, public art, material experimentation, and feminist practice.

Join us at the Williams College ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (1000 Main Street, Williamstown, MA) on Friday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., for Women Shaping Space: Feminism and Materiality. Registration is not required. All events are free and open to the public.

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Symposium Schedule

Thursday, October 6, Williams College Museum of Art

5:30 p.m. Keynote lecture by Heather Hart, interdisciplinary artist
Reception to follow. Galleries open until 8 p.m.

Friday, October 7, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Main Stage

10 a.m. Coffee reception

10:30 a.m. Welcome remarks
Pamela Franks, Class of 1956 Director, Williams College Museum of Art

10:45 a.m. Introducing Mary Ann Unger
Allison Kaufman, Director, Mary Ann Unger Estate

11:15 a.m. A Dialogue of Feminist Dimensions: Sculpture in an Expanded Field
Leigh Arnold, Associate Curator, Nasher Sculpture Center
Molly Epstein, Senior Partner, Goodman Taft
Moderated by Horace D. Ballard, curator of Mary Ann Unger: To Shape a Moon from Boneand the Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Associate Curator of American Art, Harvard Art Museums

12:30 p.m. Lunch break

2 p.m. Materiality and Public Art: How We Make Stuff with Things
Heather Hart, artist, Lisa Iglesias, artist, Associate Professor of Art and Chair of Art Studio, Mount Holyoke College, Nora Lawrence, Artistic Director and Chief Curator, Storm King Art Center — Moderated by Eve Biddle, artist and Founding Co-Director, Wassaic Project

3:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
Ivana Dizder, Mary Ann Unger Estate Curatorial Fellow, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Fellow in Art History at the University of Toronto, and Visiting Student Research Collaborator in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University

Heather Hart

Interdisciplinary artist Heather Hart will give the opening keynote at WCMA for the symposium Women Shaping Space: Feminism and Materiality, which takes place on October 7 at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance on the Williams College campus.

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Mary Ann Unger: To Shape a Moon from Bone, the symposium will look outward from the work of pioneering artist Mary Ann Unger (1945–1998) to the contemporary landscape of curators and femme artists working at the intersections of large-scale sculpture, public art, material experimentation, and feminist practice.

Hart, based in Brooklyn, is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the power in thresholds, questioning dominant narratives, and creating alternatives to them.

‘I want my interdisciplinary work to act as a translator in a language between architectures and the public eye.’ — Heather Hart

She focuses on the translation between space and the public, she says, the public and her work, and the slippage, construction and communication that happens in between these — “I want my interdisciplinary work to act as a translator in a language between architectures and the public eye.”

She was awarded grants from Anonymous Was A Woman, the Graham Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation, NYFA, and Harpo Foundation. Hart co-founded Black Lunch Table in 2005 and has won a Creative Capital award, Wikimedia Foundation grants, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and an Andy Warhol Foundation of Art grant with that project.
Her work has been exhibited at the Queens Museum, Storm King Art Center, The Kohler Art Center, NCMA, Eastern Illinois University, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and University of Toronto, Scarborough among others.

She is an Assistant Professor at Mason Gross School for Art + Design, a member of the Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums, an external advisor for AUC Art Collective, and a trustee at Storm King Art Center.

She works with Davidson Gallery in New York and studied at Skowhegan, Whitney ISP, Cornish College of the Arts, Princeton University and received her MFA from Rutgers University. Hart was a 2021–2022 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

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Date:
October 6
Time:
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Event Location

Williams ’62 Center
1000 Main St.
Williamstown, MA
(413) 597-2425

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