Cecilia Vicuña, About to Happen.
Free Public Lecture
Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre
Keir Foundation Lecture.
Associate Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson will give a lecture on Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña.
Bryan-Wilson's lecture will discuss Vicuña's sculptural work looking closely at her textile-based work from the 1970s to think through issues of production and materiality. Drawing on her forthcoming book, Fray: Art and Textile Politics, Julia Bryan-Wilson investigates how Vicuña's use of knotted threads and strings signified politically during the Pinochet dictatorship and in relation to Andean systems of knowledge production. She explores a range of art and performance from several decades of Vicuña's practice to illuminate how textiles unravel preconceived ideas about handicraft, industry, and memory.
The Keir Lectures on Art series is supported by the Keir Foundation and presented in partnership with The Power Institute, The University of Sydney.
Associate Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art
Associate Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson
Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art
University of California, Berkeley
Julia BryanWilson is associate professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of California, Berkeley. Her writing, which has appeared in *Afterall, Aperture, Artforum, Art Journal, Bookforum, October, Oxford 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* (coauthored with Glenn Adamson, Thames & Hudson, 2016), and *Fray: Art and Textile Politics* (forthcoming U Chicago, 2017). With Andrea Andersson, she is the cocurator 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.