SOURCE: Montserrat College of Art

Montserrat College of Art

October 16, 2012 10:57 ET

Social Justice, Equality and Activism Through Art Are Focus of Academic Symposium Oct. 26 - 27 at Montserrat College of Art

BEVERLY, MA--(Marketwire - Oct 16, 2012) - Montserrat College of Art -- -- will host a major two-day academic symposium on Agents of Change: Art and Activism, featuring a keynote speech and workshops by the anonymous, feminist-activist collective Guerrilla Girls, Friday Oct. 26, Saturday Oct. 27 in and around the Montserrat Campus, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA.

An accompanying exhibit, Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond, is on view in all Montserrat College of Art Galleries through Dec. 15. 

Internationally renowned Guerrilla Girls, artists and academics from across the US will approach the topic of art and activism as it relates to art history and contemporary issues in a political climate where injustice and equality are at the top of the news. Friday sessions and Saturday workshops will include topics dealing with social activism, politics, war, cultural conscience, environmental embodiment, the Occupy Movement's aesthetics and many more.

For years the Guerrilla Girls have been stirring up audiences with presentations while wearing their infamous gorilla masks across the United States and internationally. The keynote presentation by Guerrilla Girls, Frida Kahlo and Kathe Kollwitz, on Friday, October 26 at 8 p.m., will reveal how they create their posters, books, billboards and actions. Registration costs vary, see website

Speakers Include:
Deborah Barkun, Assistant Professor of Art History at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA; Mallory Biggins, architecture student at Bennington College; Randi Hopkins, independent curator and writer; Dr. Tara Leigh Tappert, independent scholar and American art consultant; Dalia H. Linssen, photographic history and theory instructor at Rhode Island School of Design; Monica Raymond, playwright and poet; Dr. Deborah Saleeby-Mulligan, Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History at Manhattanville College; Leah Triplett, Boston-based writer and arts professional; artists Kate Farrington, Liz Glynn, Daniel Heyman, Jon Henry, Rob Gerhardt, Ariana Jacob, Hana van der Kolk, Julia Sherman, Kara Stokowski and Ian Deleon; Montserrat College of Art faculty members Caroline Bagenal, Greg Cook, Shawn Hill and Sandrine Schaefer; Montserrat alumni Susanjoy Catandella and Damian Cote.

This exhibition is organized by Columbia College, Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces, Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the study of women and Gender in Arts and Media and the A+D Gallery, Chicago, Il.

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