Symposium | Women Shaping Space: Feminism and Materiality

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition "Mary Ann Unger: To Shape a Moon from Bone," this series of talks and discussions looks outward from the work of pioneering artist Mary Ann Unger to the contemporary landscape of curators and femme artists working at the intersections of large-scale sculpture, public art, material experimentation, and feminist practice.

Installation view of the exhibition “Mary Ann Unger: To Shape a Moon from Bone”

Join us at the Williams College ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (1000 Main Street, Williamstown, MA) on Friday, October 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for Women Shaping Space: Feminism and Materiality. Registration is not required. All events are free and open to the public.

Symposium Schedule:

Thursday, October 6, Williams College Museum of Art

5:30 p.m. “She Cuts Through Worlds”
Keynote lecture by Heather Hart, interdisciplinary artist
Reception to follow. Galleries open until 8 p.m.

Friday, October 7, ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Main Stage
10:00 a.m. Coffee reception

10:30 a.m. Welcome remarks
Pamela Franks, Class of 1956 Director, Williams College Museum of Art

10:45 a.m. Introducing Mary Ann Unger
Allison Kaufman, Director, Mary Ann Unger Estate

11:15 a.m. A Dialogue of Feminist Dimensions: Sculpture in an Expanded Field
Leigh Arnold, Associate Curator, Nasher Sculpture Center
Molly Epstein, Senior Partner, Goodman Taft
Moderated by Horace D. Ballard, curator of Mary Ann Unger: To Shape a Moon from Bone and the Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Associate Curator of American Art, Harvard Art Museums

12:30 p.m. Lunch break

2:00 p.m. Solo drum performance by Diego Mongue, Williams College Class of ’25
Premiere of an original composition inspired by Mary Ann Unger’s monumental sculpture Across the Bering Strait and commissioned by the Mary Ann Unger Estate

2:30 p.m. Materiality and Public Art: How We Make Stuff with Things
Heather Hart, artist
Lisa Iglesias, artist, Associate Professor of Art and Chair of Art Studio, Mt. Holyoke College
Nora Lawrence, Artistic Director and Chief Curator, Storm King Art Center
Moderated by Eve Biddle, artist and Founding Co-Director, Wassaic Project

3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
Ivana Dizder, Mary Ann Unger Estate Curatorial Fellow, Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Fellow in Art History at the University of Toronto, and Visiting Student Research Collaborator in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University

October 7, 2022
10 AM

Williams College '62 Center for Theatre and Dance
1000 Main Street
Williamstown, MA

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