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Judy Chicago Exhibit Held at HUB-Robeson Galleries

by and on March 26, 2014 6:10 PM

The HUB-Robeson Galleries is hosting "Out of Here," an interactive exhibition, in association with Judy Chicago at Penn State. Held in Art Alley, the exhibit will run through April 27.

Chicago, one of the most daring and controversial artists of contemporary times, is recognized as a founder of the feminist art movement. Her 75th birthday is this year.

This semester, Karen Keifer-Boyd, professor of art education and women's studies, has teamed up with artist-in-residence Nancy Youdelman, a student of Judy Chicago in the Feminist Art Program in 1970, to teach a special topics course incorporating Judy Chicago's feminist art teaching methodology.

Course participants will experiment with the methodology to engage interactive content-based visual and performative feminist art activism, all of which will be a part of the exhibit, according to a news release by the HUB-Robeson Galleries.

Beginning on March 20 and continuing every Thursday for the duration of the exhibition, the student course participants will perform their art pieces from 3 to 5 p.m. in Art Alley. The public is invited to become a part of "Out of Here" by interacting one on one with the course participants during these performance times. Each week the performances will build upon and add to the work that is already a part of "Out of Here," according to the release.

Knowledge of feminism is something everyone can benefit from, says Maria Rogus, communications assistant at the HUB-Robeson Galleries.

"This exhibit ... demonstrates feminism in a way that most people would not expect."

Rogus said Chicago's stance on feminism is softer than many other feminists', and her work features a variety of feminine imagery.

"It is something everyone can enjoy, and learn more feminine perspectives in the process," she says.

There are eight students in Keifer-Boyd's course and seven of them are participating in the exhibit.

The performances are going to be very unique, Rogus says, adding that she's looking forward to seeing how the exhibit grows over the course of its display.

This particular show, she says, is different than exhibits hosted in the past. "We're very excited about it."

Also as part of the Judy Chicago Symposium, a lecture will be held at 5:30 p.m. on April 5 in Berg Auditorium in the Life Sciences Building.

Following the lecture, a public reception and book signing will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Art Alley. Judy Chicago, who will be present at the event, will sign copies of her latest book, "Institutional Time: A Critique of Studio Art Education."

Also present at the book signing will be symposium presenters Jill Fields and Jane Gerhard. Fields is a historian of Jewish studies at Fresno State, and is editor of "Entering the Picture." Gerhard is an art historian and author of "The Dinner Party: Judy Chicago and the Power of Popular Feminism, 1970-2007."

"We will have all of the books available for purchase at the book signing," Rogus says.

The Judy Chicago events are sponsored at Penn State by the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art, the School of Visual Arts, the Institute for Arts and Humanities, the Office of Research in the College of Arts and Architecture, The Eberly Family Special Collections Library in the University Libraries, the HUB-Robeson Galleries, the Women's Studies Program, the Sexuality and Gender Studies Minor, the Women's Studies Graduate Organization, and the Department of Art History, as well as Through the Flower and the National Art Education Association Women's Caucus.

Penn State acquired the Judy Chicago Art Education Collection in 2011. The collection is one of the most important private collections of archival materials on feminist art education. Open to the public, it is housed in the University Archives in the Special Collections Library (104 Paterno Library) and includes videos, photographs and notes on Chicago's teaching projects, according to Penn State.

For more information on the Judy Chicago at Penn State events visit judychicago.arted.psu.edu/judy-chicago-at-penn-state.

For more information on HUB-Robeson exhibitions, contact the HUB-Robeson Galleries at (814) 865-0775, or visit studentaffairs.psu.edu/hub/artgalleries.

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