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Matthew Buckingham (American, b. 1963). Still from The Spirit and the Letter, 2007. Continuous video projection with sound, electrified chandelier, mirror. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York

Artist and Scholar Talk: On Mary Wollstonecraft

December 8, 2011

6:00–6:00 p.m.

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor

Matthew Buckingham will discuss his adaptation of the words of Mary Wollstonecraft for the installation The Spirit and the Letter, which considers the eighteenth-century writer’s complex legacy through a multimedia experience. Joining Buckingham will be Gina Luria Walker, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at the New School University, who will discuss Wollstonecraft's words as interpreted by her friend Mary Hays. Together they will consider the ways The Spirit and the Letter invites imaginative "time travel," allowing viewers to encounter Wollstonecraft simultaneously in her time and space and in our own. Topics of discussion will include the qualities of sentiment, sensation, spirituality, and privacy in the work and life of Wollstonecraft. This program is free with Museum admission.