All my life I’ve had rage. Living as a woman in the United States under patriarchy breeds it. My memories are punctuated with moments that sharpened it, a slow, grinding anger… For many women of my generation, watching the riveting testimony of Anita Hill on television in 1991 was a profound coming of age in terms of forming a personal, feminist politics. Her damning words continue to haunt our public discourse, echoing through recent Supreme Court hearings and the crescendo of #MeToo activism that’s swept the culture like a tidal wave. The tenor of the moment is rage…
How can an artist respond to such a disturbing state of affairs? What does an ethical practice in this context even look like, and how can it make us look at the horror of social injustice and really see it, rather than turn away? — Connie Butler*
Join Hammer Museum chief curator Butler and Nika Chilewich, curatorial assistant, for a walk-through of the museum’s exhibition WITCH HUNT.
See link below for details.
Sunday, October 31, at 1 pm
10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.
*Connie Butler, “Days of Rage,” in Butler and Anne Ellegood, Witch Hunt exhibition catalog (Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2021), 99–100.
Witch Hunt, Hammer Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, organized by Connie Butler and Anne Ellegood, with Nika Chilewich, October 10, 2021–January 9, 2022, from top: Otobong Nkanga, In Pursuit of Bling—Desire, 2014, lamda print, image © Otobong Nkanga, courtesy of the artist; Yael Bartana, Patriarchy is History, 2019, neon, image © Yael Bartana, courtesy of the artist, Annet Gelink Gallery, and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, photograph by Tom Haartsen; Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, Telepathic Improvisation, 2017, HD video, color, sound, with mixed-media installation, performance: Marwa Arsanios, MPA, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, and Werner Hirsch, image © Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, courtesy of the artists, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, and Marcelle Alix, Paris; Leonor Antunes, Discrepancias con C.P. Leonor Antunes, 2018, mixed media, installation view, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, artworks © Leonor Antunes, courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City and New York.