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December 2021

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12/01/2021 - 6:00pm


Artist Talk: Christopher Udemezue 

Wednesday, December 1

6PM - 7PM 

Hybrid Event 

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OR Yale ID holders may join the event in-person. Please email co-coordinators Harry Burke ( and Josie Roland Hodson ( to RSVP. 

Born in Long Island, NY, Christopher Udemezue utilizes his Jamaican heritage, the complexities of desire for connection, healing through personal mythology and ancestry as a primary source for his work. As the founder of the platforms RAGGA NYC & CONNEK JA, he completed a residency with the New Museum “All The Threatened and Delicious Things Joining One Another” in June 2017. In 2018 Udemezue was on show in the New Museum’s “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” 40 year anniversary show and a part of the chosen artists in The Shed’s Open Call grant program/group show in 2019. In 2021 Chris was elected to be Co-Chair of the board at Recess Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and had a solo show at Anat Ebgi Gallery in Los Angeles, California. His work has also been shown at a variety of other galleries and museums, including Queens Museum of Art, MoMA PS1, Bruce High Quality Foundation, Mercer Union, and Recess Gallery.

Supported by Yale Department of the History of Art and 
the Dean’s Fund for Research Workshops, Seminars and Colloquia.


Event Time:
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 6:00pm
Woman/Artist Conference 12/02/2021 - 5:30pm to 12/04/2021 - 5:00pm

Woman/Artist Conference

Keynote Address: December 2nd 

Conference: December 3rd & 4th

“Woman/Artist” seeks to interrogate the two terms of the category “woman artist,” as famously addressed fifty years ago in Linda Nochlin’s groundbreaking essay of 1971, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” In 1971, the “woman artist” was largely a white, Western, naturalized category. But with the critiques addressed to the category of “woman” from black feminism, from third- and fourth-wave feminisms, from postcolonial and queer theory, and from the LGBTQ and other global communities, combined with the recent rise of curatorial and art-market interest in women artists, we must turn back to Nochlin’s question in order to rephrase it. This two-day conference invites some of the generations of women who have passed through Yale’s portals since 1869/1969, as students and/or faculty, as artists, architectural and art historians, to ask: what is the meaning and utility of the category “woman artist” now?

Cosponsored by The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, Yale University Art Gallery’s Martin A. Ryerson Lectureship Fund, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Whitney Humanities Center

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Schedule of Events
Thursday, Dec. 2
5:30pm: Anne Wagner, keynote, “Identity in Parenthesis, or The Unspeakable Male”

Friday, Dec. 3
Panel I: Categories/Intersections (9:00 a.m.–11:30) (Respondent, Andrianna Campbell-LaFleur)

  • Jill Richards, “Claude Cahun and the Transgender Archive”
  • Robin Dembroff, “Finding Women among Women Artists”
  • Esther Da Costa Meyer, “Between Exclusion and Complicity”  
  • Rizvana Bradley, “The Weathering of Form: Jennifer Packer’s Abstract Figures”`

Ann Hamilton in conversation with Jenni Sorkin (11:30-12:30 p.m.)

Lunch, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Leslie Hewitt in conversation with Courtney J. Martin (1:30-2:30 p.m.)

Break: 2:30-3:00

Panel II: Artists/Mediums (3:00-5:30 p.m.) (respondent, Joanna Fiduccia)

  • Carol Armstrong, “Choosing ‘Women Artists’: Gallagher Leonard Frankenthaler”
  • Barbora Bartunkova, “Refiguring Bodies: Gender, Identity and Desire in Toyen’s Surrealist Oeuvre”
  • Vanessa Chung, “Fancier Work: Photography and the Paper Arts in the Victorian Album”  
  • Jenni Sorkin, “Hairwork/Women’s Work, c. 1993”

Saturday, Dec. 4

Howardena Pindell in conversation with Kymberly Pinder (9:00 a.m.-10:00)

Panel III: Woman/Work (10:00a.m. – 12:30) (respondent, Siobhan Angus)

  • Michelle Donnelly, “Making Paperwork: Joan Lyons’s Haloid Xerox Prints and Feminized Labor”
  • Laura Wexler, “La Toya Ruby Frazier and the Art of Women’s Work”
  • Aly Thomas, “Work Wives: (Post)Colonial Domesticity, Maintenance Art, and Queer African Feminism”  

Lunch, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Marie Watt in conversation with Anna Smist (1:30-2:30 p.m.).  

Break: 2:30-3:00

Panel IV: Desire/Affect (3:00 – 5:30 p.m.) (respondent, Margaret Homans)

  • Marni Kessler, “Berthe Morisot and the Materiality of Longing”
  • Isabella Galdone, “The Spectral Male Body: Objects of Religious and Sexual Desire in the
  • Work of Elizabeth Eleanor Siddall”
  • Adela Kim, “Tearing Up in the Work of Andrea Fraser”
  • Marina Molarsky-Beck, “Seeing the Unseen: Sapphism and Subjectivity in the Art of
  • Interwar Paris”

Julia Trotta, Linda Nochlin video, in conversation with Carol Armstrong (5:30-6:30 p.m.)  


Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 5:30pm to Saturday, December 4, 2021 - 5:00pm
12/08/2021 - 4:00pm

Royce K. Young Wolf (Hiraacá [Hidatsa], Nu’eta [Mandan], and Sosore [Eastern Shoshone]) is the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Associate in Native American Art and Curation between Yale’s Department of the History of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, as well as a Yale University Presidential Visiting Fellow. Her work as an Indigenous-language activist has inspired her artistic practice and doctoral research. Young Wolf crafts this lecture from intergenerational storywork, poetics, and experiences from the frontlines where the sociocultural “prestige” associated with fluency sustains yet taints efforts to revitalize endangered language. She demonstrates how the act of creating art has the power to renegotiate language-revitalization relationships by empowering speakers, learners, and teachers. Generously cosponsored by Yale’s Department of the History of Art, the Yale Group for the Study of Native America, and the Gallery’s Martin A. Ryerson Lectureship Fund.

Closed captions will be available in English.

The lecture will take place in a hybrid format. Fully vaccinated Yale faculty, students, and staff may attend in person at Loria 250, 190 York St., without preregistration.

Read more about the event and register at this link.

Event Time:
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 4:00pm