Julia Bryan-Wilson is Associate Professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of California, Berkeley. Bryan-Wilson will be in Sydney to present a Power Institute Keir Lectures on art Series lecture this month. During her stay, she will also be presenting a lunchtime seminar for students, titled Doing the Work: Fabrication in Contemporary Art.


The seminar will take the shape of an informal discussion around production and fabrication in contemporary art, in response to concepts explored in her co-authored book with Glenn Adamson, Art in the Making: Artists and Their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing.

For practicing artists and students of art history, Bryan-Wilson’s lecture will provide a chance to discuss ideas around the politics and ethics of contemporary art production by peoples other than the authorial artist themselves.

Students are asked to download and read Bryan-Wilson’s chapter on art ‘fabrication’, provided HERE, in preparation for the seminar, and please come armed with your questions and thoughts for discussion!



Associate Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson teaches modern and contemporary art, with a focus on art since 1960 in the US, Europe and Latin America. Her research interests include theories of artistic labor, feminist and queer theory, performance, craft histories, photography, video, visual culture of the nuclear age and collaborative practices. Her writing, which has appeared in AfterallApertureArtforumArt JournalBookforumOctoberOxford Art Journal, and Parkett, among many other venues, centers on feminist and queer theory, artistic labor, performance, and craft histories. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (U California, 2009), Art in the Making: Artists and Their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (co-authored with Glenn Adamson, Thames & Hudson, 2016), and Fray: Art and Textile Politics (forthcoming U Chicago, 2017). With Andrea Andersson, she is the co-curator of the first major exhibition of the work of Cecilia Vicuña (Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2017).  She is currently a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.


10 May 1
Schaeffer Seminar Room, next to Schaeffer Library
RC Mills Building
The University of Sydney
Camperdown, NSW 2006