Saturday, April 10, 4 pm
Panel Talk at the WAAM
New York Feminist Art Institute
Consciousness-Raising, Visual Diaries, Art-Making (1979-1990)
with Nancy Azara, Darla Bjork, Mari-Claire Charba and
Sarah Greer Mecklem; Moderated by Nancy Azara
Free to members / $5 to non-members
According to Azara: “The New York Feminist Art Institute (NYFAI) was a school and community resource for women in the arts and their friends located in downtown New York City from 1979-1990. Founders included myself, Lucille Lessane, Irene Peslikas, Miriam Schapiro,
Carol Stronghilos, and Selena Whitefeather. Our mission, written in 1978, was to create an environment for the training of women in the arts. The challenge was to discover a teaching method which encouraged women to pursue personal experience to create radiant art of “our” own.
The curriculum of the school involved the development of self awareness in a social and political context, and the development of a sense of group identity … Consciousness-raising and feminist philosophy were the primary components from which the curriculum organically developed.
To find out more about NYFAI, visit http://www.nyfai.org.”