Multiple Feminisms Lecture: Cornelia Butler

March 30, 2011
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Cornelia Butler joined the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2006 as The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings. She has curated a number of exhibitions and has taught, lectured, and written extensively on modern and contemporary drawing; her most recent work includes co-curating Greater New York at MoMA PS1 and On Line: Drawing through the Twentieth Century. She is co-organizing a survey of the work of Alina Szapocznikow, scheduled to open at MoMA in 2012, and the first major Lygia Clark retrospective in the United States, which will open at MoMA in spring of 2013. In addition, Butler co-edited the book Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art (2010), a groundbreaking examination of the Museum's collection that looks at work over the course of MoMA's history by the modern and contemporary women artists.

Butler was a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles from 1996-2005, where, among other important exhibitions, she organized WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, which opened in 2007. Prior to joining MOCA, she held key curatorial posts at a number of museums, including the Neuberger Museum of Art, Artists Space in New York, and the Des Moines Arts Center.

Multiple Feminisms Lecture Series

Feminism—and its multifaceted influence in today's world—is constantly evolving. The term "Multiple Feminisms" questions traditional notions of gender, race, and sexuality while calling for a politics of inclusion. These lectures bring new voices to Washington University's campus in an attempt to expand the conversation about what it means to be a feminist, establishing a forum to bridge disciplines within the humanities by investigating ongoing cultural debate over sexuality and gender and its effects upon modern art, visual culture, and academic practices.

The Multiple Feminisms Lecture Series is organized by Patricia Olynyk, director of the Graduate School of Art, in conjunction with the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, and made possible by a grant from Washington University's Diversity Initiative.