Political Is Personal Panel: Contemporary Women Artists and Political Expression
A panel of diverse female artists discuss the feminist art movement and present works that exemplify how the political is personal.
Aleta Hayes is a contemporary dancer, choreographer, performer, and teacher. Before her appointment at Stanford, Ms. Hayes taught for eight years at Princeton University, in the Program in Theater and Dance and the Program in African-American Studies.
While at Princeton, Ms. Hayes developed pedagogically innovative courses that combined cultural and performance history, theory, and performance. She has also taught at Wesleyan University, Swarthmore College, and Rutgers University.
Ms. Hayes holds an M.F.A. in Dance and Choreography from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a B.A., with Departmental Honors, in Drama, Dance and the Visual Arts from Stanford University (1991).
Jessica Hough is the director of the art museum at Mills College in Oakland, CA.
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Lynn Hershman Leeson is an American artist and filmmaker. She was Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis, and an A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. She is Chair of the Film Department at the San Francisco Art Institute.
As a women's rights activist for over 15 years, Masum Momaya is excited to be bringing together her skills and experience as a researcher, educator, and social justice advocate as curator of the Women, Power and Politics exhibition at the International Museum of Women.
A daughter of South Asian immigrants to the United States, she has long been a student of how people in different cultural contexts share similarities and differences in their world views. Dedicated to bringing together the best of theory and practice in accessible and effective ways, Masum has an honors bachelor's degree in Public Policy and Feminist Studies from Stanford University, and a master's in Education and a doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University.
She is a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and currently serves on the board of the Third Wave Foundation.
Favianna Rodriguez is a celebrated printmaker and digital artist based in Oakland, California. Using high-contrast colors and vivid figures, her composites reflect literal and imaginative migration, global community, and interdependence. Whether her subjects are immigrant day laborers in the U.S., mothers of disappeared women in JuÃ¡rez, Mexico, or her own abstract self portraits, Rodriguez brings new audiences into the art world by refocusing the cultural lens. Through her work we witness the changing U.S. metropolis and a new diaspora in the arts.
Hailed as "visionary" and "ubiquitous," Rodriguez is renown for her vibrant posters dealing with issues such as war, immigration, globalization, and social movements. By creating lasting popular symbols - where each work is the multiplicand and its location the multiplier - her work interposes private and public space, as the art viewer becomes the participant carrying art beyond the borders of the museum.
Rodriguez has lectured widely on the use of art in civic engagement and the work of artists who, like herself, are bridging the community and museum, the local and international. Rodriguez's has worked closely with artists in Mexico, Europe, and Japan, and her works appear in collections at Bellas Artes (Mexico City), The Glasgow Print Studio (Glasgow, Scotland), and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles).
Rodriguez has exhibited at Museo del Barrio (New York); de Young Museum (San Francisco); Mexican Fine Arts Center (Chicago); Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco); Sol Gallery (Providence, RI); Huntington Museum and GalerÃa Sin Fronteras (Austin, TX); and internationally at the House of Love & Dissent (Rome), Parco Museum (Tokyo), as well as in England, Belgium, and Mexico. She was a 2005 artist-in-residence at San Francisco's prestigious de Young Museum, a 2007-2008 artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA), and received a 2006 Sea Change Residency from the Gaea Foundation (Provincetown, MA). Rodriguez is recipient of a 2005 award from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics.
As a teacher, Rodriguez has conducted workshops and presentations at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles), El Faro de Oriente (Mexico), de Young Museum (San Francisco), the Habana Hip Hop Festival (Habana, Cuba), as well as Williams College and The Commonwealth Club. In 2003, she co-founded the Taller Tupac Amaru printing studio to foster resurgence in the screenprinting medium. She is co-founder of the EastSide Arts Alliance (ESAA) and Visual Element, both programs dedicated to training young artists in the tradition of muralism. She is additionally co-founder and president of Tumis Inc., a bilingual design studio helping to integrate art with emerging technologies.
Rodriguez is co-editor of Reproduce and Revolt! with internationally renowned stencil artist and art critic Josh MacPhee (Soft Skull Press, 2008). An unprecedented contribution to the Creative Commons, the 200-page book contains more than 600 bold, high-quality black and white illustrations for royalty-free creative use. Her artwork also appears in The Design of Dissent (Rockport Publishers, 2006), Peace Signs: The Anti-War Movement Illustrated (Edition Olms, 2004), and The Triumph of Our Communities: Four Decades of Mexican Art (Bilingual Review Press, 2005).
Multimedia artist Elizabeth Stephens works in performance, sculpture, web based media and photography. She lives between the Love Art Lab in San Francisco and the Love Art Shack in Boulder Creek, California. She is currently the chair of the UCSC Art Department where she teaches in the intermedia and sculpture areas.
Most recently she has been performing Exposed: Experiments in Love, Sex, Death and Art with her partner Annie Sprinkle. Together they are doing a seven-year performance art piece about love.
Stephanie Syjuco was born in the Philippines in 1974. She received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has shown nationally and internationally: at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), The San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, and New Langton Arts, among others. She was included in the 2002 California Biennial, and is the recipient of a Eureka Fleishhacker Fellowship Grant for 2001, and a 1999 ArtCouncil Grant.
Her work is in numerous collections, most notable the Whitney Museum, SFMOMA, The New Museum, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Honolulu. Residencies include the Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), Skowhegan (ME), and the Center for Metamedia, Czech Republic. She currently teaches at Stanford University and the California College of the Arts, San Francisco.