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The One About the Tiny Maiden: A Virtual Multi-Panel Discussion with Nyeema Morgan

Wednesday October 28, 2020 – 4:00-5:00pm

A discussion surrounding the theme of gender & power through politics and voting, presented via Zoom. All ticket holders will be sent their access link before the event.

Moderated by Celeste Montoya. Panelists include Exhibiting Artist Nyeema Morgan, Kristie Soares, and Julia Trotta.

Bios of moderator and panelists

Celeste Montoya received her PhD in Political Science and a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. She joined the Department of Women & Gender Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2007. She also serves as the Faculty Director for the Miramontes Arts & Sciences Program (MASP).

Professor Montoya’s research primarily focuses on the ways in which women and racial minorities mobilize to enact change. She is interested in how these groups work within and outside of political institutions, domestically and transnationally, and intersectionally. Her work is informed by studies of social movements, public policy, political institutions, political behavior, and gender and race politics. Her regional areas of specialization are Europe and the United States.

She is the author of From Global to Grassroots: The European Union, Transnational Advocacy, and Combating Violence against Women (Oxford University Press 2013), and coeditor of Gendered Mobilizations and Intersectional Challenges (ECPR Press 2019). Her work has also been published in Politics, Groups and Identities, PS: Political Science and Politics, European Journal of Politics & Gender, International Organization, Politics & Gender, Publius, Social Politics, the Social Science Journal, and Urban Affairs Review.

She is currently a co-editor of the American Political Science Review. She previously served as a co-editor for Politics, Groups and Identity and as an associate editor for Politics & Gender.

Nyeema Morgan is an interdisciplinary artist whose conceptually layered works, ranging from large-scale drawings to sculptural installation and print based media, raise questions about how we articulate and construct meaning within a complex system of socio-political relations.

Morgan earned her BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Solo and two person exhibitions include Marlborough Contemporary, NYC, NY; Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Portland, ME; Art in General, NYC, NY as well as group exhibitions at The Drawing Center, NYC, NY; The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC, NY; CSS Bard Gallery, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Galerie Jean Roche Dard, Paris, France and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME. Awards and residencies include the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors grant and an Art Matters Foundation grant. Morgan’s works have been reviewed and featured in the New York Times, Time Out NY, the Wall Street Journal and Art Forum.

Kristie Soares is an Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at CU Boulder and an active performance artist. Her research focuses on 19th-21st century Latinx literature and media, with a specialization in queer Caribbean cultural production. Her current book manuscript, Joyful Protest: The Political Work of Joy in Latinx Cultural Production examines the use of joy Cuban and Puerto Rican diasporic media from the 1960s to the present, to argue that while it is often disregarded as frivolous and apolitical, joy has been central to sociopolitical critique.

Julia Trotta is an American curator, filmmaker and writer based in New York. She is currently the Director of Advancement at Blank Forms, a nonprofit that supports emerging and underrepresented artists working with sound, performance, experimental music, and other time-based mediums.

Trotta is in post production on a film project made in collaboration with Maria De Victoria titled Forget to be Afraid: A Portrait of Linda Nochlin. The film is made up of a series of vignettes which chronical the life and work of Trotta’s grandmother, Linda Nochlin, who is arguably the most important figure in the field of feminist art history. Nochlin’s groundbreaking essay from 1971, Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists, is a touchstone of 20th century art criticism, not just for the content, but for introducing a form of advocacy writing that called into question nearly every institution and convention of the time. She continued to be a trailblazing force as a feminist historian, critic and pedagogue throughout her lifetime.

Since Nochlin’s death in 2017, Trotta has taken on the role of director of the estate, which encompasses all aspects of legacy-building including administration, collaboration with institutions, and the initiation of new publications and translations of Nochlin’s texts.

Trotta has also curated a number of exhibitions both in the United States and abroad, many of which highlight women artists. Past exhibitions have included solo and group presentations of work by artists such as Caroline Achaintre, Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz, Kathe Burkhart, Xavier Cha, Talia Chetrit, Ann Craven, Thea Djordjadze, Gelatin, Rachel Harrison, Maren Hassinger, Lee Lozano, Sarah Lucas, Babette Mangolte, Danny McDonald, Ulrike Ottinger, Howardena Pindell, Aura Rosenberg, Hannah Weinberger, Carmen Winant, Amelie von Wulffen and Amy Yao, among many others. She has written and guest edited for a number of exhibitions and publications.

Image: Nyeema Morgan, Soft Power, Hard Margins. (1964) (detail), 2020, mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.