Legal Gender: The Irreverent Art of Anita Steckel

Legal Gender: The Irreverent Art of Anita Steckel
Curated by Kelly Lindner and Rachel Middleman

November 1 – December 14, 2018

Featuring the work of the politically-engaged artist Anita Steckel (American, 1930-2012), Legal Gender focuses on the Steckel’s innovative use of collage and appropriation as a feminist strategy to counter the dominant male narratives endemic to art history and American society.

“Fight Censorship: The Achievement of Anita Steckel”
Art Historian Talk with Richard Meyer and Rachel Middleman
Colusa Hall 100A, CSU Chico
Reception to follow @ the Jacki Headley University Art Gallery, Arts & Humanities Building, Room 121

Richard Meyer is the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History at Stanford University. His first book, Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art, was awarded the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Outstanding Scholarship from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2013, he published What Was Contemporary Art?, a study of the idea of “the contemporary” in early twentieth-century American art, and, with Catherine Lord, Art and Queer Culture, a survey focusing on the dialogue between visual art and non-normative sexualities from 1885 to the present.

Rachel Middleman is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at CSU Chico and co-curator of the exhibition “Legal Gender: The Irreverent Art of Anita Steckel” on view at the Headley Gallery November 1 – December 14, 2018. Her book Radical Eroticism: Women, Art, and Sex in the 1960s was published earlier this year by University of California Press.

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