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Opening Reception: Celebrating "EveryBody!"

Opening Reception featuring Constructa/vulva, an interactive sculptural performance by subRosa (Hyla Willis and Faith Wilding from the collective of interdisciplinary feminist artists). Constructa/vulva, honoring the 1970s Feminist Women's Health Movement, encourages audience members to create an idealized vulva with the assistance of human speculums.

Date: Friday, April 1st, 2011

Time: 7:30 pm

Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Location: Art Gallery, lower level Music & Drama Bldg

Contact: Laurel Bradley

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EveryBody! Visual Resistance in Feminist Health Movements, 1969-2009

The Women’s Health Movement of the 1960s and 70s provided basic medical services to women and championed reforms to the paternalistic health care system. Advocating self-education, the movement gave rise to vivid graphic materials, reference and polemical publications, and artistic projects celebrating embodied self-knowledge. The exhibition, EveryBody!, gathers seminal graphic teaching aids, witty illustrations encouraging new ways of seeing, and new art works -- posters, installations, and “zines” -- demonstrating the shift from pathologizing to empowerment in the discourse of women’s health.

Constructa/Vulva
pays homage to feminist health movements encouraging liberation through knowledge about the body and sexuality. For Carleton's EveryBody! opening reception, Constructa/Vulva becomes the site of amusing and educational experiences. Dressed as speculums, subRosa members Hyla Willis and Faith Wilding invite viewers to interact with this soft sculpture, and to attach brightly colored labia, cervix, or clitori to create their 'ideal vulva.'

subRosa
is a 'mutable' (cyber)feminist art collective combining art, social activism, and politics.' The group, which had exhibited and performed internationally, researches 'the intersections of information and bio technologies on women's bodies, lives, and work.' Founded in 1998, subRosa produces research-based work that is often performative and discursive, aiming to engage the audience through interaction.

Faith Wilding is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work addresses aspects of the somatic, psychic, and sociopolitical history of the body. Wilding, who teaches performance art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, received her MFA at CalArts where she was a founding member of the Feminist Art Program.

Hyla Willis  is a founding member of subRosa, an art collective focusing on the ways women are impacted by rapidly-evolving biological and communications technologies. Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh and award-winning designer, Willis enjoys teaching the next generations of activist designers.