Over the last five decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has been internationally acclaimed for her art and films. Cited as one of the most influential media artists, Hershman Leeson is widely recognized for her innovative work investigating issues that are now recognized as key to the workings of society: the relationship between humans and technology, identity, surveillance, and the use of media as a tool of empowerment against censorship and political repression. ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany, mounted the first comprehensive retrospective of her work, titled Civic Radar. Her current exhibit Twisted is on view at the New Museum, New York, through October 3, 2021.
Art historian and independent curator Monika Fabijanska is curator of the critically acclaimed exhibitions ecofeminism(s) at Thomas Erben Gallery in 2020 and The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Women’s Contemporary Art in the U.S. at John Jay College, CUNY, 2018, with an accompanying catalog and symposium and named the fifth best NYC art show in 2018 by Hyperallergic. Fabijanska provided the initiative, curatorial and art market consulting, as well as institutional support for The Museum of Modern Art acquisition and retrospective exhibition of Polish feminist sculptor Alina Szapocznikow (2012), and consulted on the exhibitions WACK! Art in the Feminist Revolution with curator Connie Butler (2007-08) and Global Feminisms with curator Maura Reilly (2007).
Art historian, critic, and curator Amelia Jones is the Robert A. Day Professor and Vice Dean of Academics & Research in Roski School of Art & Design at USC. Amelia is the curator of the critically acclaimed exhibition Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago’s ‘Dinner Party’ in Feminist Art History at the Hammer Museum and most recently Queer Communion: Ron Athey at Participant, Inc., New York and ICA, Los Angeles. Recent publications include In Between Subjects: A Critical Genealogy of Queer Performance (Routledge Press, 2021), the anthology Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories (Manchester University Press, 2016), and Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts (Routledge Press, 2012).
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Writer and artist Bernardo Wade is from New Orleans, LA. He tries at poems & rides his bike around Bloomington, IN, because IU funds his present period of studying with others. He is a Watering Hole Fellow. He also moonlights as an equity and justice advocate. He has work published or forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, New Orleans Review, Southern Humanities Review, Salt Hill Journal, Knight’s Library Magazine, and others. He is Associate Editor of the Indiana Review.