Women Artists and the Art of Social Engagement

To mark International Women’s Day this year, in keeping with the exhibit at the UU Gallery, Estella Lauter will present the work of several American women artists who developed an “art of social engagement” from the 1970s to 1990s. Their work took many forms: murals, quilts, installations and performances, as well as painting and sculpture, and it is known by many names: public art, sustainable art, Black Art, community art, protest art. In the process of making this art, these women addressed many issues that remain unresolved in contemporary lives. How do you react when art protests? What works best and why? Come and participate in the discussion.

Art of Social Engagement (Microsoft PowerPoint)

Estella Lauter was once a Professor at UW Green Bay, where she helped to found the Women’s Studies Program and taught courses about women in the arts. In 1984 she published Women As Mythmakers: Poetry and Visual Art by Twentieth Century Women (Indiana University Press), and in 2013, she published a chapbook of poems about the Spanish/Mexican artist Remedios Varo. In recent years, her interests have tipped toward poetry, but she remains an avid student of visual art by women.