This program launches ICP’s new series, Dismantling the Gaze, which considers looking, power, and visual culture in the #MeToo moment. Art historian and popular culture scholar Maria Elena Buszek presents hundreds of years of visual culture in one brief presentation that concisely illustrates the gendered power structures deeply embedded in cultural production. She will then lead a discussion with artists Patricia Silva and Endia Beal, delving into contemporary examples that both demonstrate and subvert traditional gendered hierarchies in visual media.

This is a free event, but please register in advance. ICP Members have access to preferred seating in our reserved members’ section.

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Maria Elena Buszek, PhD, is a scholar, critic, curator, and associate professor of art history at the University of Colorado Denver, where she teaches courses on modern and contemporary art. Her recent publications include the books Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture (Duke University Press Books, 2006) and Extra/Ordinary: Craft and Contemporary Art (Duke, 2011). She has also contributed writing to numerous international exhibition catalogues and scholarly journals: most recently, essays in Dorothy Iannone: Censorship and the Irrepressible Drive Toward Divinity and Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, and Andrea Bowers. Buszek has also been a regular contributor to the popular feminist magazine BUST since 1999. Her current book project, Art of Noise, explores the ties between contemporary activist art and popular music.

Patricia Silva is a Lisbon-born, New York–based photo and video artist. Patricia earned a MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from Bard-ICP (2013), a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts (1999), and is currently a faculty at the International Center of Photography School. In 2017, Patricia’s work was screened in the inaugural New York City Feminist Film Week, and again in 2018. Her videos have screened at the British Film Institute, England; Art Video International, Cannes, France; MIT List Visual Arts Center, USA; MoMA PS1 Theater, USA; Center for Contemporary Art, Scotland; Tengis Cinema, Mongolia; Cervantes Institute, Brazil; and recently projected onto the facade of New Museum, New York. Their photographs were included in the 2018 New Poetics of Labor exhibition in Medellin, Colombia, in the 2012 Berlin Biennale, Germany, and published in Der Grief magazine’s 10 year anniversary issue. Her photobooks have been exhibited at The Benaki Museum, Greece; Phoenix Museum of Art, USA; Ateliê da Imagem, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Patricia’s writings on image and culture have been published in Dodge & Burn: Decolonizing Photography,Daylight, The Portuguese American Journal, and most recently (2018) in a Joan Mitchell Foundation catalogue.

Endia Beal is a North Carolina based artist, who is internationally known for her photographic narratives and video testimonies that examine the personal, yet contemporary stories of marginalized communities and individuals. Beal currently serves as the Director of Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University and Associate Professor of Art. In 2008, Beal earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Art History and Studio Art from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following graduation, Beal was one of four women nationally selected to participate in ArtTable, a program designed to promote women in the visual arts.  In 2013, Beal graduated from Yale School of Art, with a Master of Fine Arts in Photography. While attending Yale, she created a body of work that explores the relationship of minority women within the corporate space. Her work was fully developed during the artist-in-residence program at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Beal is featured in several online editorials including NBC, BET, the Huffington Post, Slate Magazine, PDN, and the National Geographic. She also appeared in Essence and Marie Claire Magazine. Her work has been exhibited in several institutions such as the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit, Michigan, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture based in Charlotte, NC, the Aperture Foundation of New York, and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at State University of New York at New Paltz. 

TOP IMAGE: Geta Brătescu, Autoportret în oglindă [Self-Portrait in the Mirror], 2001. © Geta Brătescu, Courtesy the artist; Ivan Gallery, Bucharest; Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Ștefan Sava.