Breaking Traditions, Modernist & Postmodernist Artists as Activists

Wed, Feb 17th, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

6:00pm - 7:00pm

February 2021


Many artists working in the U.S. in the latter part of the 20th century used their artistic practice as platforms for social change. Elizabeth Catlett and Faith Ringgold employed storytelling to amplify the African American experience and illuminate racism. Agnes Denes, Juane Quick to See Smith and Maya Lin challenged artistic conventions while drawing attention to land use and environmental destruction. Nancy Spero was among a group of women artists who worked to expose the abuse of power and elevate female voices. We will explore the ways these artists and others were motivated to push on tradition and society for meaningful reform.

This lecture takes place online via the link provided following registration, on Wed, Feb 17, from 6–7pm.


Kristin Poole has served as Artistic Director at SVMoA since 1997. A curator and art historian, Poole also develops exhibitions, lectures and writes on topics related to modernism, American Craft and contemporary art. Prior to joining the staff at the Center, Poole worked as an independent lecturer, consultant, and art historian. Previous experience includes Director of Chicago International New Art Forms Exposition; Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago); and Director of Lill Street Gallery (Chicago). She holds an MA in Modern Art History from the University of Chicago and a BA in Studio Art and English from Denison University. This lecture takes place online via the link provided following registration.

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