Saturday, September 8, 2012
Elevator Lobbies, Floors 2–5
This event marks the closing weekend of Ulrike Müller’s Raw/Cooked exhibition, Herstory Inventory: 100 Feminist Drawings by 100 Artists. It begins at the Brooklyn Museum and moves on to the Lesbian Herstory Archives in Park Slope, physically engaging participants with the institutions that inspired the exhibition.
At the Museum, women’s and gender studies scholar and writer Ann Cvetkovich will discuss the history and current state of LGBT counter-archives, including the Lesbian Herstory Archives, where the idea for Müller’s project first took form. The ensuing artist-led tour will critically examine the exhibition in light of questions of visibility and representation. As they consider inventive acts of looking, image politics, and queer aesthetics, Cvetkovich and Müller will discuss some of the challenges to traditional notions of the museum, the archive, and the artist’s role posed by contemporary art practices engaging LGBT counter-archives.
Following the event at the Museum, attendees are invited to walk or take public transportation to the Lesbian Herstory Archives for a 6 p.m. reception that will offer a glimpse of the inspiration behind Herstory Inventory. Light refreshments will be served. A newly reprinted edition of T-shirts from the archive’s collection will be available at both institutions. Event is free with Museum admission.