Jane Kaufman: Putting the Fun in Fundamentalism

Hartwick Welcomes Jane Kaufman for Lecture on Art, Politics

October 4, 2011

Renowned feminist artist and activist Jane Kaufman will offer a lecture titled "Putting the Fun in Fundamentalism: Art and Politics" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hartwick College campus. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

In the early 1970s, Kaufman was one of the few woman to ever have a one-person exhibition at The Whitney Museum of American Art. Born and raised in New York, Kaufman sites her grandmother as teaching her at a very young age to work with her hands. One of the foremost artists in the Decorative Movement, she was a founding member and key contributor to the early Feminist Movement in art and continues in that tradition today.

Although a fine painter in her own right, Kaufman's most recent work consists of collages and quilts which are influenced by and pay homage to the American quilt. She believes that quilting was one of the only ways women in this country were able to realize and give voice to their desire to make art.

Kaufman is a founding member of the influential Guerrilla Girls, a troupe dedicated to "fighting discrimination with facts, humor and fake fur." The group has had a significant impact on the art world, changing the way museums and galleries across the nation have represented women artists.

Kaufman's lecture, part of the Human Question Campus Theme, is sponsored by the Hartwick departments of Art & Art History, Museum Studies, and Women's Studies.

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