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Alison Saar – Jo Hockenhull Distinguished Lectureship (online)

February 10, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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Join artist Alison Saar on Thursday, February 10 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. online for a virtual lecture. The Jo Hockenhull Lecture series, organized by the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), the Fine Arts Department, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU, has named Alison Saar as the Visiting Lecturer for 2022. Saar will discuss the connections between art and social justice as she provides an overview of her work in sculpture and printmaking. This event is free and open to the public with a reception to follow.

American artist Alison Saar is known not only for her powerful sculptures—she is also a master of the art of printmaking. In both forms, she employs a personal vocabulary informed by history, race, and mythology. Her influences range from ancient Europe, Africa, and American folk art. Saar’s works narrate stories of the African American experience, moving effortlessly from the personal to the political. In many of her works, she charts the tragic history of slavery in America, but her figures symbolize defiance and strength. Other recurring images are informed by jazz, romance, and desire. Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation—featuring nearly 50 prints and five sculptures by the Los Angeles–based artist—is on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through March 12, 2022.

The Hockenhull lecture series was launched in 1996 by the Women’s Studies Department in collaboration with the Department of Fine Arts to honor Jo Hockenhull, a WSU emeritus professor of Fine Arts who served as director of women’s studies for more than a decade. At WSU, Hockenhull focused on building programs and initiatives supporting diversity, the liberal arts, free speech, and critical thinking. Past lecturers have been visual artists, poets, and performance artists who have emphasized the important connections between art, social justice, and political practice. Past recipients have included Arshia Fatima Haq, Marie Watt, Alma Lopez, Faith Ringgold, Octavia Butler, and the Guerilla Girls, to name a few.

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Virtual Artist Talk on Thursday, February 10 at 4:30pm Pacific

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February 10, 2022
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm