The Power Institute is pleased to present a lecture by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, University of California, Berkeley, the second in our series of Keir Lectures on Art.

Bryan-Wilson’s scholarly focus is on the art of Europe and the Americas after 1960, considered through theories of artistic labour, feminism and queer theory. For her Keir lecture, Bryan-Wilson will be discussing the monumental sculptural works of American artist Louise Nevelson, described by the artist as immersive, collage ‘environments’. The lecture will specifically investigates Nevelson’s Dream House series from 1972-73, proposing that these house-like sculptures raise questions about the artist’s relationship to feminism, domesticity, and women’s work.

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. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (University of California Press, 2009), and editor of OCTOBER Files: Robert Morris (MIT Press, 2013). With Glenn Adamson, she co-wrote Art in the Making: Artists and Their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (Thames & Hudson, 2016). Her book on textiles since the 1970s, Fray: Art and Textile Politics, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, and she is working on a project about Louise Nevelson. With Andrea Andersson, she is the co-curator of Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, which opens at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans in 2017. Bryan-Wilson was a recipient of a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and has won several awards for her teaching. In 2017 she will be a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, DC.


Tuesday 9 May
The Old Geology Lecture Theatre
Next to Parramatta Rd. footbridge and across from Footbridge Lecture Theatre
Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney
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Associate Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson’s lecture is coordinated by the Power Institute as part of the Keir Lectures on Art series, supported by the Keir Foundation and presented in partnership with The University of Melbourne.