Selected by Ander Mikalson (A '12)

White Woman Feminist by Marilyn Frye
From Willful Virgin: Essays in Feminism (The Crossing Press 1992), reprinted in White Knuckle exhibition booklet compiled by Denniston Mikalson, pages 2-19 (in the PDF)

Denniston Mikalson, White Knuckle 
Kate Werble Gallery
83 Vandam Street, New York, NY
Friday, February 3rd, 6-8 PM & Saturday, February 4th, 2-6 PM

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From Dictatorship to Democracy

Selected by Haley Bueschlen (A '15)

The theme of this semester of In(queery) is direct action. 

We hope this theme will help both new and returning participants respond to the reality we currently live in and provide a space for us to work through that reality as opposed to focusing strictly on the abstract.  

This week's reading, and the first reading of the semester, will be the first chapter and first appendix of From Dictatorship to Democracy. We hope to use the appendix for loose guidelines of manifestations of the theme of direct action.

Our hope is that this theme will encourage more overt conversations about current events that would ideally lead to, as the theme indicates, "direct action." To that end, we also thought it might be interesting for you to bring in commentary on/from the Women's March that you found particularly affecting. Such as below:

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Bologh / Bourgeoise

Selected by Becky Kinder (A '04)


  • Erotic love as sociability: an alternative reality, by Roslyn W. Bologh in Love or Greatness: Max Weber and Masculine Thinking- A Feminist Inquiry, Chapter 14, p. 213-239
  • Transcendence: Interview with Gary Koepke in Louise Bourgeois: Destruction of the Father, Reconstruction of the Father, Writings and Interviews 1923-1997, p. 307-309

From Haley Bueschlen (A '15), last minute optional reading

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Niza Yanay / Omer Fast

Selected by Elizabeth Harney (A '14)


  • Yanay, Niza. "The Lure of Proximity and the Fear of Dependency." The Ideology of Hatred: The Psychic Power of Discourse. New York: Fordham UP, 2013. 71-88. Print.
  • Interview with Niza Yanay by Al Jazeera


  • Omer Fast, The Casting (2007)
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Anna C. Chave / Linda Nochlin

Selected by Becky Kinder (A '04)

"I would like to talk about the role that women's biography and the specifics of identity play in art making. Not only in who gets to make, but how it affects what is made, how it is seen and how it is read."


  • "Normal Ills: On Embodiment, Victimization, and the Origins of Feminist Art" by Anna C. Chave, 2006
  • "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?" by Linda Nochlin from 1971


"Two case studies, of sorts, that I have been interested in lately are the Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, from 2015, and the Nina Simone documentary, What Happened Miss Simone?, also from 2015. This is way optional, but both are haunting and fascinating in regards to these issues."

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Judith Butler on Susan Sontag

Selected by Naomi Safran-Hon (A '12)

"There are two main questions that interest me in this text and to quote Butler herself:

... whether photographs still has the power to communicate the suffering of other in such a way that viewers might be prompted to alter their political assessment of war? (page 68)


How do the norms that govern which lives will be regarded as human enter into the frames through which discourse and visual representation proceed? (page 77)

As image maker I am interested both in the making of an image and in its framing. 

Butler uses the images of torture from Abu Ghraib, to explore these ideas. If you are not familiar with these images and the media story associated with them please look them up."


  • Butler, Judith. "Torture and the Ethics of Photography: Thinking with Sontag."Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? London: Verso, 2009. 63-100. [Since it is all most 40 pages, if you want to skip some I would suggest focusing on pages: 63-74 and 91-100.]
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Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Case for Reparations

Selected by Ander Mikalson (A '12)

"Before our meeting, please reflect on your family’s financial history.  Has your family enjoyed opportunities for asset building, or been locked out of such opportunities by racist policies and laws?  Has family wealth been passed across the generations?  Do you have plunder in your bank account, or have you been robbed?  If you feel comfortable sharing these reflections with the group, I thought it could be interesting & enlightening to relate our personal financial situations to the wider picture painted by Coates.

Also, if you have time and feel interested, you could investigate the history of housing policy in the place(s) you and your family are from, and share that information with us on Friday.  (Naomi and Cyriaco, I’m very curious about policies in Israel and Brazil.)

You all are truly a bright spot in every fortnight!  Looking forward to our discussion."


  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi. "The Case for Reparations." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, June 2014. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

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Allan Sekula / Subject to Capital

Selected by Paige Laino

"Toward the end of last week’s meeting, we talked about Helene Cixious' collaboration with Roni Horn to translate a Clarice Lispector text to use in one of Horn’s installations. From there we discussed text art, and because we had been talking about Baseera’s group show at Abrons, I think I steered the discussion toward Allan Sekula.

For this meeting, I would like us to read the first section of Allan Sekula’s "The Body and The Archive", which, to me, is a really concise history of photography as not an artistic medium, but a socially repressive tool that served/serves to construct a public consciousness of “criminality.” I felt that this text could add depth to our discussions about Cameron Rowland and bell hooks. For the meeting, please come prepared with a part that resonated with you, or didn’t, for discussion. "


  • Sekula, Allan. "The Body and the Archive." October 39 (1986): part I, pages 3-16.


  • Subject to Capital, Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, NY, March 3 – April 17
  • Sekula, Allan. "Reading An Archive: Photography Between Labour and Capitalism." The Photography Reader. London: Routledge, 2003. Originally written 1983. First five pages only (443-447)
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Clarice Lispector / Helene Cixous

Selected by Cyriaco Lopes (A '02)

"As I was reading Clarice on the subway to our last meeting, Cixous seemed a natural choice for our next reading. If you have time, also try the short Clarice text, a bonus (one of my favorite works of art of all times). 

The Main Frame:
Is it possible to create artworks from the perspective of feminism (beyond it being enunciated directly)?

Écriture Feminine (wikepedia is good enough for us here. The text that we are reading is an enactment of that theory).

Possible framework for the reading:
1. The comparison between Rilke and Clarice (‘roses’) seem to point to a parallel between phallocentric writing and feminist writing. What are their differences according to the text?
2. What are the characteristics of Écriture Feminine as exemplified by Lispector work?
3. The author uses Clarice Lispector as a study case and as a model. Could we use the same ideas that she applies to Lispector to think the visual arts? Which artists would be appropriate for that reading?"


  • Cixous, Helene. "Clarice Lispector: The Approach - Letting Oneself (be) Read (by) Clarice Lispector - The Passion According to C.L."  Coming to Writing and Other Essays, translated by Deborah Jenson, 59-77. Harvard University Press, 1992.

Other Materials

  • ‘The Egg and the Chicken’ by Clarice Lispector
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bell hooks / Ana Mendieta

Selected by Baseera Khan (A '14)

"The following work is selected based on some aspects of our last conversation:
From Student/Teacher 'refugee' to Artist/Maker in 'exile'. 
How can we reassign power dynamics?
How can we use the institution, stealing here and there, to continue our work?
Is our work valuable, or valueless?"


  • Feminist theory from margin to center by bell hooks
  • Coco Fusco on the Enduring Legacy of Groundbreaking Cuban Artist Ana Mendieta by Jared Quinton
  • Tracing Ana by Haley Mlotek

Other Materials:

  • Ana Mendieta, Experimental and Interactive Films, Galerie Lelong, February 5 – March 26
  • A World with Requilin Mendieta by Randy Kennedy
  • Where is Ana Mendieta by Jane Blocker
  • Critical Perspectives on Bell Hooks
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