SFAI Graduate Lecture: Maria Elena Buszek

San Francisco, CA

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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 University Press Books, 2011). She has also contributed writing to the exhibition catalogue In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States, and has published articles in Art Journal and TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies. Buszek has been a regular contributor to the popular feminist magazine BUST since 1999, and, with Kirsty Robertson, recently edited a special issue of Utopian Studies on the subject of “craftivism.” Her current book project explores the ties between contemporary activist art and popular music.