Honors in the Major Public Defense: Francesca Felicella

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Women's Work: Materializing Feminist Thought in Lucy Lippard's c.7,500 Exhibition
by Francesca Felicella

Committee members:
Dr. Melissa Geppert
Dr. Ilenia Colón Mendoza
Dr. Maria Cristina Santana.

Thesis Statement:
This thesis aims to explore the c.7,500 exhibition curated by Lucy Lippard as a culminating point for Lippard’s activism in the arts and women’s representation in conceptualism. Understanding Lippard’s political involvement within the arts and the networks established before c.7,500 further illuminates the activist approach of an all women's art show. Throughout Lippard’s career, she has advanced the exposure of women artists through her curatorial endeavors and written criticism. Her Numbers series is continuously referenced today though little documentation of each show has been easily accessible. By looking specifically at ephemeral artifacts and artworks from c.7,500 I aim to establish a collective analysis of the show in relation to second-wave feminism while simultaneously highlighting the significance of women in conceptualism.

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