WOMEN IN PERFORMANCE ART:
Dr Jacqueline Millner and Rachel Kent

2pm: Dr Jacqueline Millner, Associate Dean, Research, at Sydney College of the Arts, on pioneering women performance artists

Dr Jacqueline Millner contextualises Marina Abramović’s practice by considering the groundbreaking work of women artists in the development of contemporary performance. She considers the legacy of early feminist works that first explored the intimate relationship between flesh and power and innovated ways to redefine female agency. As Lucy Lippard noted in the 1970s: ‘when women use their bodies in their art work, they are using their selves; a significant psychological factor converts these bodies from object to subject’. The pioneering performance work of artists such as Gina Pane, Suzanne Lacy and Carolee Schneemann offers critical insights relevant to current explorations of power, social relations, and the agency of the artist in the public sphere.

Dr Jacqueline Millner is Associate Dean Research at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, where she also lectures on contemporary art theory and history. She has published widely on contemporary Australian and international art in key anthologies, journals and catalogues of national and international institutions. Her books include Conceptual Beauty: Perspectives on Australian Contemporary Art (2010, Sydney: Artspace), Australian Artists in the Contemporary Museum (with Jennifer Barrett, London: Ashgate, 2014) and Fashionable Art (with Adam Geczy, London: Bloomsbury, 2015). She co-convenes the research group Contemporary Art and Feminism at the University of Sydney.


3.30pm: Rachel Kent, Museum of Contemporary Art Chief Curator, on Marina Abramović

Rachel Kent, MCA Chief Curator, traces the 45-year career of Marina Abramović, looking at her pivotal experiences in the Australian desert during the early 1980s, and her pioneering exploration of the relationship between artist and audience.

Rachel Kent is Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art. She has presented exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the USA and Canada, and speaks and publishes widely on contemporary art and curatorial practice. Rachel has worked with leading international and Australian artists including Annette Messager, Yoko Ono, Kutlug Ataman, Lee Bul, Olafur Eliasson, Tim Hawkinson, Mike Parr and Shahzia Sikander. She curated a major survey on Yoko Ono at the MCA in 2013-2014, and her key international thematic exhibitions include Masquerade: Representation and the self in contemporary art (2006), and Marking Time (2012).






Above: Audience at Kaldor Public Art Project 27: 13 Rooms 2013, Pier 2/3, Sydney
Photo: Jamie North/Kaldor Public Art Projects