Of Other Spaces
Where Does Gesture Become Event?
Distributed for Sternberg Press
Forthcoming from the MIT Press
Paperback$22.00 T ISBN: 9783956793783 224 pp. | 5.375 in x 8.25 in 20 color illus., 40 b&w illus.
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Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? commemorates and continues two events that brought together women's voices in art and thought through an exhibition and a symposium. Radical time and radical space meet here. Citing the spirit of feminist collectives in the 1970s, the 12-Hour Action Group International Symposium celebrated a fluid, shifting, and nonchronological present tense that could engage with the public space of exhibition making as a site for critical inquiry and political contestation. This collection of ideas makes an invaluable contribution to feminist aesthetics while also documenting important but ephemeral moments of performance and dialogue between women.
I would say, without doubt, “Of Other Spaces” was the most important exhibition of art informed by feminism that I have participated in since the 1980s. Thoughtfully curated with a focus on women artists in the UK, who were also activists in the 1970s, the exhibition traced the reappearance of the past in the present in a way I found extremely timely.