Curating for Gender Parity: The Future of the Feminist Exhibition

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Call for Papers
April 1, 2020
Virginia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Fine Arts


Call for Papers: Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC)

October 21-24, 2020

Richmond, Virginia

Session: Curating for Gender Parity: The Future of the Feminist Exhibition

Chairs: Shannon Lieberman, Pacific Northwest College of Art & Diva Zumaya, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S. To honor the occasion, the Baltimore Museum of Art launched “2020 Vision,” a yearlong program devoted to exclusively purchasing artwork by women. This initiative was met with some criticism, however, by women who felt that this gesture amounts to tokenism and will not create real change. In the publication BmoreArt, Rebekah Kirkman and Cara Ober wrote, “these feel-good messages of equity and progress don’t always align with reality.” This session seeks papers that bridge theory and practice in addressing how curators, scholars, and educators work together to produce exhibitions that present artwork by women without reinforcing systemic misogyny, racism, ethnocentrism, heteronormativity, and binary conceptions of gender. What do inclusive and intersectional exhibition programming strategies look like? How can feminist curating practices affect the programming and acquisition policies at museums? In what ways do these efforts seek gender parity and change the male-centered history of art? What codes of ethics guide this curatorial work, and how is its success determined? In exploring these questions, this panel seeks to interrogate the potential for accomplishing meaningful institutional change, and likewise, for reducing essentializing and harmful rhetoric, in curating artwork by women.


All proposals must be submitted by 11:59 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) on April 1, 2020. If selected to participate in the annual conference, current SECAC membership and conference registration are required for all presenters.

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