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Professor Deborah Johnson


Material Culture and Third-Wave Feminism

While the emergence of a third wave of feminist theorizing in the early 1990s—and recent declarations of its end—is a still-contested phenomenon, there is little question that the emphases of millennial feminists have shifted. In recent feminist production, issues of individual subjectivities, ethical nonuniversality, mainstream political agenda, and sex positivity, among others, have taken on unprecedented prominence. How has third wave impacted the production and perception of material culture? For example, the popular-culture icon Beyoncé has declared herself a “modern-day feminist” while presenting work seen by many as uncritically exploitational. Not dissimilarly, the reception of Jeff Koons’s work Made in Heaven has transitioned dramatically from its appearance at the Venice Biennale in 1990 to its 2014 appearance at the Whitney Museum dependent largely upon determinations of the
sexual agency of Koons’s subject, Ilona Staller. Papers addressing theoretical issues as they relate to material culture and third-wave feminism as well as monographic analyses of specific artists are equally welcomed.

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Special Lecturer Stephen Lacy

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                Art Institute of Chicago

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​Professor Heather McPherson 

 
 
Professor Heather McPherson has been awarded a Rhode Island State Council for the Arts 2015 Fellowship. Her work will be exhibited in the 2015 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition, Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery, Salve Regina University

Opening Reception - Friday, February 13, 2015, 6-9pm
Writers Night - Friday, February 26, 6:30-8:30pm
Artists Talk & Closing Reception - Friday, March 6
Hours - Tues & Thurs 11AM-6PM, Wed & Fri 11AM-5PM, Sat & Sun Noon-4PM
 

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Professor Heather McPherson



Professor Heather McPherson's one person exhibit titled: A PLATFORM FOR TRAITS

Solo Exhibition at Reilly Gallery, January 14 – February 28, 2015


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Professor Deborah Johnson



Professor Deborah Johnson presented a paper, “Bey​once’:  Power, Sex, and Subjectivity in the Feminist Politics of Beyoncé (Knowles Carter),” at the Women’s Leadership Conference, Oxford University, Oxford, England, December 8-10, 2014.​


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Professor Heather McPherson 


Professor Heather McPherson acted as one of the Miami art fair correspondents for Two Coats of Paint. Stay tuned for a couple of photo essays/short texts she’ll write about Art Basel and NADA (New Art Dealers Association) this weekend. 

Sharon Butler started Two Coats of Paint in 2007 to share reviews, commentary, news, and background information about painting and related subjects in 2007. Since then, Two Coats has gained an international following and been sponsored by many organizations, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Pulitzer Foundation, the New York Studio School, and the Brooklyn Museum. The New York Times, New York Observer, NPR, PBS News Hour, The New Criterion, WNYC and other news organizations have all linked to posts on Two Coats of Paint at one time or another.


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​Professor Thomas Strasser 


 

The Archaeological Institute of America awarded  the Cotsen Excavation Grant intended for “mid-career” project in 2013 to Professor Thomas Strasser, for his work at the Mesolithic site of Damnoni  on Crete.

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Professor Deborah Johnson


 

Professor Deborah Johnson worked with Rhode Island College Professor, Dr. Frances Leazes, Lucas Dieter and Providence College art history major, Patricia Krupinski, on a research paper entitled “Measuring Successful Arts & Culture Strategies” for the College & University Research Collaborative. The organization, a partnership between Rhode Island’s colleges and universities, generates non-partisan research to help lawmakers make economic development decisions. Johnson’s project, which recommended creation of a centralized Rhode Island Arts & Culture sector was one of five conducted by faculty at seven colleges and universities, funded by a $100,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation. In addition, she continued her research on Rrose Selavy, the gender bending alter ego of Marcel Duchamp, and began work on third wave feminist theory and pop culture icon, Beyoncé​


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​Professor Joan Branham 

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Lecture: Strategizing the Sacred in the Jerusalem Temple. Professor Joan Branham spoke at Siena College as one of the two scholars in residence. Her presentation was held November 2, 2014  Read more​

 
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Professor James Janecek


Professor James Janecek of the Art and Art History Department recently received the Prix de Print award from Art in Print, a bi-monthly international art publication focused on fine art printmaking. The Prix de Print juror, Andrew Raftery, an artist, historian and professor of printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design, discusses J.X.E. 358, Janecek's winning print, at length in the January/February 2014 issue. Read at the article.

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