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24 Mar
The Humanities Initiative, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
Mar 24, 2014 | 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Distinguished Faculty Lecture


Distinguished Faculty Lecture with Mary Kelly: Dialogic Space



Mary Kelly has explored questions of sexuality, identity and historical

memory in her project-based work for over four decades. In this lecture,

she considers how her narratives are shaped by a specific discursive site and

why her recent installations rely not only on the story unfolding between

words and objects, but also on the viewer’s experience of space.


Mary Kelly’s large-scale narrative installations and theoretical writings

have been central to the discourse of feminism and postmodernism since

the 1970s. Recent exhibitions include retrospectives at the Whitworth Art

Gallery, Manchester, 2011, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2010, and the

Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, 2008, as well as representation in

the 2008 Biennale of Sydney, Documenta 12, Kassel, 2007, and WACK! Art

and the Feminist Revolution, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles,

2007. Her publications include Post-Partum Document, Routledge & Kegan

Paul, London, 1983 and Imaging Desire, MIT Press, Boston, 1996. She is

a Distinguished Professor of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles.