What accountabilities do materials demand or suggest? How can an artist’s – and an audience’s– tactile engagements with cloth, or wood, or clay, create alternative histories? Reflecting primarily upon the work of artist Rebecca Belmore, this talk examines how Belmore’s use of marble speaks back to ideological formations around the classical past.
Julia Bryan-Wilson is the Director of the Arts Research Center and Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at UC Berkeley. With Andrea Andersson, she curated the exhibition Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, which opens at the Berkeley Art Museum in summer 2018. Her most recent book Fray: Art and Textile Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2017), was named a best art book of the year by the New York Times.