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Sunday, November 07, 2010

GALLERY TALK BY ARTIST ELISABETH SUBRIN AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM NOVEMBER 8

Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism

ARTIST ELISABETH SUBRIN AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM
NOVEMBER 8, 2010

New York, NY - An afternoon gallery talk by artist Elisabeth Subin will be offered at The Jewish Museum on Monday, November 8 at 1 pm. Ms. Subrin will talk about the current exhibition, Shulie: Film and Stills by Elisabeth Subrin. The gallery talk is FREE with admission to The Jewish Museum.

Shulie (1997, 37 min.) is a shot-by-shot remake of a little-known documentary about 1960s feminist Shulamith Firestone. Author of the treatise The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution, Firestone was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1967 when four male directors selected her as a subject for a film about the so-called Now Generation. Shot in the style of direct cinema, the original Shulie featured Firestone discussing religion, the limitations of motherhood, and racial and class issues in the workplace. Thirty years later, Elisabeth Subrin recreated Shulie using actors in many of the original locations. The resulting film is a nostalgic and somewhat cynical reflection on the legacy of second-wave feminism. Subrin writes, "in the compulsion to remake, to produce a fake document, to repeat a specific experience I never actually had, what I have offered up is the performance of a resonant, repetitive, emotional trauma that has yet to be healed."

This gallery talk is part of The Jewish Museum’s Artist Talk series presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism.

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, Manhattan
http://www.thejewishmuseum.org

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