Looking After: Conversations on Art and Healing

Sick Women: The Chronic-Poetics of Feminist Art History


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Gemma Blackshaw, Alice Elisabeth Butler, and Fatema Abdoolcarim join Pat Berman for a conversation, with introductions by Suzanne Hudson and Tanya Sheehan. We conclude with a poetry reading by Saralee Stafford.

In this talk

Gemma Blackshaw

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Professor of Art History at the Royal College of Art Gemma Blackshaw has an international reputation for research on the art and visual culture of ‘Vienna 1900’. She curated Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900 for the National Gallery, London in 2013, among other exhibitions. Connecting art historical research with curatorial practice, Blackshaw works across universities, galleries, museums and studios, with academics, archivists, curators and artists. Committed to developing new methods for approaching the study and appreciation of modern art in a contemporary context, she leads, facilitates and participates in public-facing projects with people from the creative and cultural industries.

Fatema Abdoolcarim

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Indian-Pakistani Hong Konger Fatema Abdoolcarim is a visual artist, filmmaker and writer. Her works have been exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Reina Sofia Museum and New Shelter Plan. As director, her short films have been shown at Locarno, Sundance and ZINEBI, and as collaborator, her feature documentary films have premiered at San Sebastian International Film Festival in 2016, and at CPH:DOX 2019. She is a PhD candidate of Creative Writing and Art History at The University of Manchester, and her project is a recipient of the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Award. Fatema is currently working on her first feature length fiction film, Hum.

Alice Elisabeth Butler

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Interdisciplinary scholar and art writer Dr Alice Butler works across feminist art history, feminist theory, and art writing practice. She is the 2021/2022 Terra Foundation Centre for American Art Postdoctoral Fellow and she also teaches in Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Manchester in April 2019 for the thesis, “Close Writing: Touching Kathy Acker and Cookie Mueller”. She has previously held fellowships with the Paul Mellon Centre, the Freud Museum London, and the AHRC. Recent publications include the article “‘Have you tried it with three? Have you?’ Ann Quin, Love Triangles, and the Affects of Art/Writing,” in Capacious: A Journal for Emerging Affect Inquiry (2021), among others.

Pat Berman

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Art historian Pat Berman specializes in the art and visual culture of the late 19th-, 20th-, and 21st centuries. Her research interests include turn-of-the-(20th) century European art, especially in Scandinavia, and mid-century modern American painting and photography. She is particularly interested in national identity formation, issues of gender and sexuality, and in the problems of public space. Her books include studies of the artists Edvard Munch and James Ensor, and of Danish painting in the nineteenth century.

Suzanne Hudson

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Art historian and critic Suzanne Hudson is Associate Professor of Art History and Fine Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She writes with special emphasis on the history, theory, and conventions of painting and process. She is also a regular contributor to Artforum, and has penned numerous essays for international exhibition catalogs and artist monographs. Recent books include Agnes Martin: Night Sea (Afterall/MIT, 2017) and Contemporary Painting (Thames & Hudson, 2021). She is currently at work on Better for the Making: Art, Therapy, Process, a study of the therapeutic origins of art-making within American modernism.

Tanya Sheehan

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William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Art at Colby College, Tanya Sheehan is the Principal Investigator of Colby’s inaugural Public Humanistic Inquiry Lab, Critical Medical Humanities: Perspectives on the Intersection of Race and Medicine. Across her career, Sheehan has worked at the intersection of American art history, medical humanities, and critical race studies. This work includes two books, Doctored: The Medicine of Photography in Nineteenth-Century America (2011) and Study in Black and White: Photography, Race, Humor (2018). Her current book project examines the subjects of medicine and public health in modernist and contemporary art by African Americans. Since 2015 she has served as executive editor of the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art Journal.

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