Illegitimate and Herstorical

January 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

We are participating in a group show, Illegitimate and Herstorical, at A.I.R. Gallery in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Curator Emily Roysdon chose eleven artists for the exhibition who “consider alternative economies in labor, love, power, crossings, and collectivity.”

Please join us for tea and conversation on the last day of the exhibition, Saturday, January 28 from 2-4:45pm, to be followed by the closing reception until 6pm.

Illegitimate and Herstorical

Artists: A Feminist Tea Party, Bland Boydston III, Rachel Farmer, Barbara Hammer, Reena Katz, Lucretia Knapp, Barbara Greene Mann, Alice O’Malley, L.J. Roberts, Tobaron Waxman, Chris Vargas.

Curated by Emily Roysdon

January 5-28, 2012

Opening reception Thursday, January 5, 6-9pm

A.I.R. Gallery, 111 Front Street • #228 • Brooklyn, NY 11201

( F train to York St./ A, C train to High St/ 2/3 to Clark Street)

See the full press release here

M / E / A / N / I / N / G

November 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

We are absolutely honored to be included in the 25th Anniversary issue of M/E/A/N/I/N/G.

Editors Mira Schor and Susan Bee published the first issue of M/E/A/N/I/N/GA Journal of Contemporary Art Issues,  in December 1986, and 20 issues biannually over the follwing ten years.

The 25th anniversary issue centers around two themes: the impact of public trauma on art and art critical practice, and the nature of privacy for the artist or critic working in the age of social networking and global spectacle.

This issue can be found online here. Follow this link to our piece, titled The Tea Party, Feminism, and A Feminist Tea Party

Contributors include: 
Suzanne Anker, Eleanor Antin, Susan Bee, Bill Berkson, Charles Bernstein, Nayland Blake, Anney Bonney, Jackie Brookner, Joyce Burstein, Sharon L. Butler, Tom Butter, Anna Chave, Daryl Chin, Jennifer Coates, Maureen Connor, Patricia Cronin, Jennifer Dalton, G. Roger Denson, Dubravka Đjurić, Bailey Doogan, Johanna Drucker, Noah Fischer, Hermine Ford, Joe Fyfe, Joy Garnett, Andrea Geyer, Vanalyne Green, Mimi Gross, Julie Harrison, Eleanor Heartney, Susanna Heller, David Humphrey, Julia Jacquette, Amelia Jones, Shirley Kaneda, Vincent Katz, Joyce Kozloff, Rachel Levitsky, Ellen K. Levy, Ligorano/Reese, Greg Lindquist, Judith Linhares, Mary Lucier, Lenore Malen, Ann McCoy, Ann Messner, Robin Mitchell, Erik Moskowitz and Amanda Trager, Beverly Naidus, Joseph Nechvatal, Craig Olson, Our Literal Speed, Alix Pearlstein, Sheila Pepe, Dushko Petrovich, Nick Piombino, William Powhida, Nancy Princenthal, Melissa Ragona + Abigail Child, Hilary Robinson, Kara L. Rooney, Bradley Rubenstein, Raphael Rubinstein, Caitlin Rueter and Suzanne Stroebe, Carolee Schneemann, Mira Schor, Francie Shaw, Alexandria Smith, Buzz Spector, Misko Šuvaković, Jeremy Sigler, Anne Swartz, Aldrin Valdez, Marjorie Vecchio, Roger White, Daniel Wiener, Faith Wilding, Tom Winchester

Masquerade Tea at Cal State Northridge

November 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

We continue to be amazed how different our experiences are, and how the sculptural installation that is our “set” continues to evolve in each new space.

At Cal State Northrige, the director Jim Sweeters provided us with an incredible space, the West Gallery on campus. Despite the fact that this was our 11th time putting together our installation, this was our first opportunity to do so in a white cube. We were very excited with the dramatic effects of our walls and linens in the space.

The students, professors and staff at CSUN were welcoming, engaged, and passionate. We had the opportunity to visit some of the studios of the MFA students who are making some really exciting work.

A huge thanks to Jim, Michelle Giacopuzzi, Exhibitions Coordinator and co-host, for all of their help and support, and to everyone from the school and community who joined us for tea and conversation.

Tea Dance, at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz

November 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

We are now deep in the Redwood forests in Northern California, preparing for our upcoming event titled Tea Dance, at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz. We will be “in residence” in our tea parlour on the third floor of the museum on Friday, November 4th from 1-4pm and 6-9pm, for the museum’s monthly First Friday event. Admission to the museum is free all day.

Guests are welcome to come into our installation at any time, to join us for tea, sweets, and conversation, or to stop by one of our two co-hosted events at the museum.

2:30-4pm:  Bonnie Mirante will be in our space to provoke a conversation about women in prison. Bonnie studied in the Community Studies program at UC Santa Cruz, and worked with women prisoners at Valley State Prison and Central California Women’s Facility with Justice Now in Oakland, an organization that promotes alternatives to policing and prisons, and challenges the prison industrial complex in all its forms. While with Justice Now, Bonnie advocated for healthcare access and compassionate release cases.

6:30-8pm After our break, we will return to the space in cocktail attire for the museum’s evening events, and our second co-hosted event, where Michelle Stroebe and Nancy Dinsmore will talk about why food politics is a feminist issue.

Michelle Stroebe is a graduate student at San Jose State University, currently working towards her MS RD Degree in Nutrition and Food Science. Nancy Dinsmore, RN, is a nurse with master’s level training in pediatrics and international health care development, and national (USA) certification in mental health, public health and psychiatric care. Nancy has over twenty year’s international experience in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Mexico and the Caribbean and has worked as an Educational Consultant for UCLA Medical Centre, for the Red Cross Movement, UNICEF, Stanford University Children’s Hospital and Al Quds University (where she was also the Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Studies). Currently, Nancy is a nurse in the Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program at the Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University.

PST with Pomona College Museum of Art

October 26, 2011 § 1 Comment

Our installation at Pomona is complete! After two days of preparation, we are ready to begin to greet guests and co-hosts today at Seaver House, a beautiful historic home on the college campus, right across the way from the museum.



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An Evening of Lady Parlour Games!!

October 15, 2011 § 5 Comments

A Feminist Tea Party invites you to attend Lady Parlour Games, with Mikki Halpin of Feminist Killjoy Quarterly and artist Jennifer Dalton, in conjunction with her solo exhibition Cool Guys Like You.

We’ll have 1960′s inspired hors d’oeuvres, tea punch and OB-Gin cocktails. Join us for empoweringly named games like “chicktionary,” “who’s that girl” and “cHER-ades” for fun and prizes.

Thursday October 20, 6-9pm, Winkleman Gallery, 621 W 27th St. NYC

No ladyparts required!

California Tour

October 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

We’re looking forward to our fast approaching California tour.  First, A Feminist Tea Party: At Home Tea will appear as part of Pacific Standard Time at Pomona College from October 24th to the 27th.  We’ll visit Scripps on October 31st for A Feminist Tea Party: Low Tea.  Then we’ll be traveling up to Santa Cruz to the Museum of Art and History for A Feminist Tea Party: The Tea Dance on November 4th.  Finally, we’re back down to southern California at Cal State Northridge for A Feminist Tea Party: Masquerade Tea from November 7th to 9th.

Details on all events to follow.

“Female Gazing” in Bitch Magazine

June 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

The summer issue of Bitch Magazine features an article, written by Katie Haegele on the Women’s Caucus for Art’s day-long series of events at the annual CAA Conference in New York this year.

We are long-time, ardent fans of Bitch Magazine; it is quite thrilling to see our names in print in its pages.

Many many thanks to Katie Haegele, Yulia Tikhonova, The Brainstormers, For the Birds Collective, The Women’s Caucus for Art, The Young Women’s Caucus and Bitch Magazine!

a PDF of the article can be found here but please  support Bitch and go buy the magazine too!

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Our Week in Residence at NYFA

April 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

A Feminist Tea Party had a great week at The NYFA Gallery from April 11-15th.  Here are some highlights:

On Monday Jenn Dierdorf led an animated discussion on “Feminist Swag : Bitches and Hoes in Contemporary Rap and Hip Hop.” 

We talked about the grey areas between our beliefs and our choice of entertainment, the misogyny and homophobism in the lyrics of hip hop, and about the importance of parenting and education vs pop culture’s influence on children.

Check out some links she sent us, and let us know your thoughts.

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All from the Jimmy Fallon show

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All from the Jimmy Fallon show

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All from the Jimmy Fallon show (note the Barbara Kruger hoodie!):

Big Freedia:

Byron Hurt’s documentary Beyond the Beats and Rhymes Npr story:

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All from the Jimmy Fallon show:
Syd tha Kyd, the girl that’s in odd future, check out the comments for this video…CRAZY!:
And some women in rap:

On Tuesday we had another discussion on music, “Pop Music and Feminism” with damali abrams.

damli led a fascinating and in-depth discussion on popular music and the effect of its representation(s) of women on families and society.

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photos courtesy of Sean “Shadagga” Ferdinand

That day we talked at length about Lady Gaga’s new video, “Born this Way.” The uber-popular pop singer’s lyrics address racism and homophobism directly, telling listeners that despite their religion, they should be proud of who they are:

Whether life’s disabilities
Left you outcast, bullied, or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
’cause baby you were born this way

No matter gay, straight, or bi,
lesbian, transgendered life,
I’m on the right track baby,
I was born to survive.
No matter black, white or beige
Chola or orient made,
I’m on the right track baby,
I was born to be brave.

On Wednesday, Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida led the event, “Male / Female (Check One): A discussion of how our gender defines (and/or doesn’t) our everyday life.”

We talked about how our gender effects us in our daily lives, in and outside the art world, the work place, and our homes. Just over a year after our first tea party at Winkleman Gallery with #class, organized by Jen Dalton and William Powhida, it was special to invite them into our space. Full circle.

On Thursday we had three members of Young WCA lead conversation, “Activism in Performance: Representing Women” with Jaimianne Amicucci and two accompanying performance pieces, “Afghan Woman,” by Bonnie MacAllister and  “Fight or Flight I: Grounded,” by Autumn Horne

performance by Bonnie MacAllister

performance by Autumn Horne

On Friday, our last day at NYFA, two employees of NYFA were generous enough to take a few hours out of their day to lead an event in our space. They even dressed the part!

The first was, “Sexual Relations/Violence on Campus: Why are Men seen as Violent and Women as Victims?” with Susan Ball.

Susan Ball, interim director of programs at the NYFA, led a fascinating and rousing discussion on sexual violence on college campuses in the US. Susan raised some important questions, including: Are men treated as criminals, and women as weak victims from the time they arrive on some college campuses? What happened to empowering events and programs such as Take Back the Night, and Women’s Self Defense, have these been replaced by programs that promote fear in women?

Finally, Eleanore Whitney led the conversation, “Is There Such a Thing As Feminist Aesthetics?”

Eleanor Whitney is the Program Officer for External Affairs at the New York Foundation for the Arts. Prior to NYFA she worked at the Rubin Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum, where she planned and implemented public programs for the Sackler Center for Feminist Art and taught university students in the museum’s galleries. We talked about canonical feminist art (such as Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party at the Sackler Center) and how, despite the stereotypes that come to mind, how varied the aesthetics of art made by feminist is, including abstraction, post-minimalism, design-based art, and, of course zines! In fact, we had a few riot grrrls in the space that day.

Thanks to everyone who came out to participate.  We had wonderful guests, new and old, and fantastic conversation.

Do come in for a cup of tea.

March 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

A Feminist Tea Party, a project that at its inception was meant to last only an afternoon, has continued now for over a year. After several shows in a variety of venues, we are very excited about our first solo exhibition, at the NYFA Gallery.

We will be serving tea, sweets, and joining guests in conversation every day from April 11th to April 15th in our installation, a recreation of a mid-century parlor.

Each day a different co-host or team of co-hosts will present a conversation or event, engaging guests in conversation surrounding a topic related to feminism that they have chosen for this time and space. Please see our schedule page for more details.

As always, everyone is welcome regardless of your gender, your political persuasion or whether you identify as feminist. Please join us, and make our collaboration your own.

We hope to see you there!

A Feminist Tea Party
The NYFA Gallery
New York Foundation for the Arts
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY
April 11th-15th
12noon until 5pm daily

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