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Art Alley Exhibition 'Out of Here' Examines Judy Chicago's Feminist Art Teaching Methodology

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The HUB-Robeson Galleries will present Out of Here, an exhibition of works produced in a special topics course incorporating Judy Chicago’s feminist art teaching methodology, in Art Alley, March 19-April 27, 2014. A reception will be held in Art Alley on Saturday, April 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m., during which time Chicago will sign copies of her most recent book, Institutional Time: A Critique of Studio Art Education. The reception follows Chicago's lecture at 5:30 p.m. in Berg Auditorium as part of the Judy Chicago Symposium: Planting a Feminist Art Education Archive (click here for more on the symposium).

The special topics course on Judy Chicago—one of the most daring and controversial artists of contemporary times and a founder of the feminist art movement—is taught by Karen Keifer-Boyd, professor of art education and women's studies, in collaboration with artist-in-residence Nancy Youdelman. Youdelman was a student of Judy Chicago in the Feminist Art Program in 1970. Out of Here began with self-reflexivity, collective memory-work, feminist consciousness-awakenings and content-searches, which were the generative forces for collaboration and creativity. Course participants experimented with the teaching methodology to engage interactive content-based visual and performative feminist art activism for the Art Alley exhibition, which is aimed at the wide audience at the HUB-Robeson Center. Keifer-Boyd, facilitator of the course, provided this prompt: Penn State is a place in which the majority of the population is from elsewhere, and with graduation, the population is always about to get out of here, and yet are shaped by the education out of here.

Beginning on March 20 and continuing every Thursday for the duration of the exhibition, student course participants will engage the community in performance art pieces from 3 to 5 p.m. in Art Alley. The public is invited to become a part of Out of Here by interacting one-on-one with the course participants during these performance times. Each week the performances will build upon and add to the work that is already a part of Out of Here.

The April 5 book signing in Art Alley will also include symposium presenters Jill Fields and Jane Gerhard. Jill Fields is a historian of Jewish studies at Fresno State, and is editor of Entering the Picture. Jane Gerhard is an art historian and author of The Dinner Party: Judy Chicago and the Power of Popular Feminism, 1970-2007. These books, along with Chicago’s Institutional Time, will be available for purchase.

The Judy Chicago events are sponsored at Penn State by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art, the School of Visual Arts, the Institute for Arts and Humanities, the Office of Research in the College of Arts and Architecture, The Eberly Family Special Collections Library in the University Libraries, the HUB-Robeson Galleries, the John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series, the Women’s Studies Program, the Sexuality and Gender Studies Minor, the Women’s Studies Graduate Organization, and the Department of Art History, as well as Through the Flower and the National Art Education Association Women’s Caucus.

For more information on the Judy Chicago at Penn State events or to register for the symposium, visit http://judychicago.arted.psu.edu/judy-chicago-at-penn-state/. For more information on this and other exhibitions, contact the HUB-Robeson Galleries at 814-865-0775, or visit http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/artgalleries.