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Martha Wilson and the Franklin Furnace

The Art League

Thursday, May 22, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

Martha Wilson and the Franklin Furnace

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Martha Wilson and the Franklin Furnace

Martha Wilson (b. 1947) is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations, and “invasions” of other people’s personae. Esteemed for both her solo artistic production and her maverick efforts to champion creative forms that are “vulnerable due to institutional neglect, their ephemeral nature, or politically unpopular content,” she has been described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s.”

In 1976 she founded Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artist books, temporary installation, performance art, as well as online works. These contemporary avant-garde art forms challenge institutional norms, question the role of the artist in society, and flex expectations about what constitutes acceptable art mediums. She has received fellowships for performance art from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Wilson will discuss her work and the work of the Franklin Furnace. A reception to meet the artist will take place from 6:30 – 7:00. The talk will begin at 7:00pm. Tickets are free, but space is limited, so register today!

(Image: Mona/Martha/Marge by Martha Wilson)

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