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Book Selection: May 11, 2022
Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency by Olivia Laing

In this remarkable, inspiring collection of essays, acclaimed writer and critic Olivia Laing makes a brilliant case for why art matters, especially in the turbulent political weather of the twenty-first century.

Funny Weather brings together a career’s worth of Laing’s writing about art and culture, examining their role in our political and emotional lives. She profiles Jean-Michel Basquiat and Georgia O’Keeffe, reads Maggie Nelson and Sally Rooney, writes love letters to David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, and explores loneliness and technology, women and alcohol, sex and the body. With characteristic originality and compassion, she celebrates art as a force of resistance and repair, an antidote to a frightening political time.

We’re often told that art can’t change anything. Laing argues that it can. Art changes how we see the world. It makes plain inequalities and it offers fertile new ways of living.

WCA Art Book Club

The WCA Art Book Club was formed in partnership with the WCA Colorado Chapter to foster understanding of women in the arts and their contributions. Books are chosen by members and discussed bi-monthly via Zoom. Join us!

2022 Schedule: All meetings take place via Zoom at 8 pm Eastern

May 11 – Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency by Olivia Laing
July 13Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama
September 14 – Florine Stettheimer: A Biography by Barbara Bloemink
Author Talk and Discussion with Barbara Bloemink
November 9Art On My Mind: Visual Politics by bell hooks

Host: Annette Coleman, Colorado Chapter 

Note: If you register but do not receive a link before the meeting, please text Annette Coleman at 303-941-8887 and she will send you the link.

A few guidelines–

Mute yourself until called on. Use the chat to pose questions. You don’t have to have read the book. Books chosen should be available in the Public Library, used or available to download. Newer books will be considered when they become available in paperback.

If you are interested in cohosting a meeting, or recommending a book, contact WCA-CO member, Annette Coleman at annettecoleman@yahoo.com or or Laura Morrison at president@nationalwca.org.

January 21 to February 25, 2022

WOMXNHOUSE DETROIT RESCHEDULED!
Sat June 11 | 3:30-5 pm Eastern / 12:30-2 pm Pacific

WOMXNHOUSE DETROIT:

The Art of Being Female in America Today

A freewill donation requested to benefit WCA Programming
Register here via Eventbrite  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womxnhouse-detroit-the-art-of-being-female-in-america-today-tickets-327605495857

Echoing the landmark feminist art project Womanhouse, led by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro in 1972, a gathering of a diverse array of 15 Detroit artists used consciousness-raising and collaboration to elevate and celebrate contemporary female perspectives. Open from Sept 19 thru Oct 31 2021, Womxnhouse Detroit offered a unique benchmark 50 years into feminist art answering the questions, What has changed for women? What remains the same?

Co-Curator and WCA member Laura Earle will give a short presentation on Womxnhouse Detroit with an introduction to all 13 artists. The panel discussion that follows will be focused on the women of color who participated in the project.

Panelists Asia Hamilton, Olivia Guterson, Dalia Reyes, Amelia Reyes and Sabrina Nelson will talk about being part of a project that was absent of the voices of women of color and discuss how change can happen going forward.

More about Womxnhouse Detroit at https://www.womxnhousedet.com/
Facebook @Womxnhousedetroit
Instagram @womxnhouse_detroit 

Second Saturday Sessions: 2022

The Second Saturday Sessions are programs that were originally scheduled for the WCA National Conference in February 2022. The in-person conference was canceled but WCA has pivoted much of the programming to be offered for free to WCA members. Registration is required to receive a link.

Past sessions that have been recorded can be viewed via the links provided here. If you have any questions, please contact Programming Chair Laura Morrison at laura.morrison@nationalwca.org

Download the Program PDF

May 14, 2022 | 1–2:30 pm EST

Labor of Love

The Alabama chapter members will present “Labor of Love”, a member exhibition and performance art installation, offering discussions of the hidden labor of women, our quality of life, and how to create the life you want even in an often hostile environment. The panel considers labor inequities at home and work, and calls for a redefinition of economics as a discipline dedicated to people’s well-being.

Panel Co-Chairs: Amanda Banks, Jessica Nunno
Panelists: Anna Sue Courtney, Sylvia Bowyer

June 11, 2022 | 1–2:30 pm EST

Feminism, Art and Global Action: Collaborations in the Global Context

Feminism, Art and Global Action: Collaborations in the Global Context Emphasizing the fact that feminist artists have been at the forefront of collaborative art, Susan Ossman and Lydia Nakashima-Degarrod will discuss collaborative transnational art, new art forms and artists as agents of change in the landscape of the global art market.

Panel Co-Chairs: Susan Ossman, Lydia Nakashima-Degarrod
Panelists: Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Marguerite Elliot, Susan Ossman, Nirmal Raja
Respondent: Jane Chin Davidson

July 9, 2022 | 1–2:30 pm EST

All in the Same Boat – or Are We?

Anne Farley Gaines will present a PowerPoint lecture on an exhibition that she curated in 2020 titled “All in the Same Boat – or Are We? Artists Respond to 2020” at Stola Contemporary Art in Chicago and will discuss the process of organizing, curating and installing. Fellow artist and Gallery Director at Stola Contemporary Art, Kelly Mathews, will partner in the lecture and will also stipulate the logistics of hosting two “live openings” and a “live closing” during a time when numerous area galleries were temporarily closed or holding only on-line exhibits.

Panel Co-Chairs: Anne Farley Gaines and Kelly Matthews

Sept 10, 2022 | 1–2:30 pm EST

The Women’s Environmental Photography Collective

The Women’s Environmental Photography Collective The Women’s Environmental Photography Collective was born out of a desire to create a more inclusive space in the historically androcentric fields of landscape and environmental photography. Working to decolonize the dominant hierarchy of Western thought, our work interrogates and reconfigures the relationships among personal, cultural, scientific, and natural histories. Our panel discussion will focus on the power of collaboration among the arts, humanities, and sciences, to inspire socially-engaged art.

Panel Chair: Margaret LeJeune
Panelists: Margaret LeJeune, Judy Natal, Martina Shenal, Marion Belanger, Dana Fritz,  Terri Warpinski

Oct 8, 2022 | 1–2:30 pm EST

Artist As Curator

Caren Helene Rudman moderates a panel that includes Lifetime Achievement Awardee Beate Minkovski. Issues inherent in being both an artist and a curator, including self-promotion and self-empowerment, will be considered.

Panel Chair: Caren Helene Rudman
Panelists: Beate Minkovski, (Additional Panelists TBA)

Nov 12, 2022 | 1–2:30 pm EST

The Psychology of Inkblots

Tapping into the Imagination: Jessica Ann Nunno will demonstrate the use of inkblots to free the imagination and heighten creativity, and will lead workshop participants in inkblot creation. Supply list will be provided.

Workshop Leader: Jessica Ann Nunno

PAST PROGRAMS

Apr 9, 2022 | 1-2:30 pm EST

The Role of Art and Activism in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education

Amanda Banks chairs a multimedia session on the role of art and activism in STEM education. Panelists will present projects that brought art into traditionally STEM disciplines such as life-science, medicine and engineering. The advantages of a more holistic education will be considered and innovative projects such as art made via bacterial culture will be presented.

Panel Chair: Amanda Banks
Panelists: Jessica Nunno, Sarah Adkins-Jablonsky, Phoebe Burns

Mar 12, 2022

WCA Leadership Interview Project

WCA’s Art Writer’s Committee will be interviewing Ruth Weisberg, Barbara Wolanin and Yuriko Takata with ample time allowed for audience interaction. The WCA Leadership Interview Project, spearheaded by WCA’s Art Writer’s Committee, is an initiative to record and share interviews with WCA leaders in conjunction with celebrating WCA’s 50th anniversary.

Panel Co-Chairs: Chiara Atoyebi, Patti Jordan
Panelists: Ruth Weisberg, Barbara Wolanin and Yuriko Takata

Mar 9, 2022

How an Almost-Forgotten Federal Program Kickstarted the Feminist Art Movement

From 1974 to 1981, more than 10,000 artists, actors, writers, and musicians were employed under the federally funded Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), in addition to 10,000 administrative art positions (museum curators, program directors, docents and guards; theatre technicians, lighting and costume designers; arts administrators and office staff). CETA especially benefited women and artists of color.

This panel will discuss how this little-known government program and its support of women artists helped give rise to the feminist art movement.

WCA co-hosted this program in conjunction with the exhibition ART/WORK, City Lore and Cuchifritos Gallery. The program was originally scheduled for the WCA 2022 Conference.
Click here to read more about the exhibition

From the producers of the event:
We are grateful to Getty Research Institute (GRI), for permission to share the Public Service Announcements produced by the L.A. Women’s Video Center, from the Archival Collection of the Long Beach Museum of Art, which now resides in the GRI Archive.

Feb 18, 2022

WCA Business Meeting at CAA

Featuring a roundtable discussion on the occasion of WCA’s 50th anniversary with WCA President Laura Morrison, President Elect Donna Jackson, Judith Brodsky (WCA Past President 1976-1978), and Ofelia Garcia (WCA Past President 1984-1986).

Panel Chairs: Laura Morrison
Panelists: Donna Jackson, Judith Brodsky, and Ofelia Garcia

Mailing Address

Women's Caucus for Art
PO Box 1498
Canal Street Station
New York, NY 10013

Office

Women's Caucus for Art
640 Bartholomew Road–Rm 122A
Piscataway, NJ 08854 

Director of Operations

Karin Luner
k.luner@nationalwca.org
212-634-0007

WCA President

Donna Jackson
president@nationalwca.org