Free Public Lecture by Julia Bryan-Wilson: “Cecilia Vicuña, About to Happen” – Thursday 4 May 2017, University of Melbourne.

Free Public Lecture by Julia Bryan-Wilson: “Cecilia Vicuña, About to Happen” will be held Thursday 4 May 2017 at the University of Melbourne.


Keynote Speaker:

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of California, Berkeley.


Associate Professor Julia Bryan-Wilson will give a lecture on Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña. 


Bryan-Wilson’s lecture will discuss Vicuña’s sculptural work looking closely at her textile-based work from the 1970s to think through issues of production and materiality. Drawing on her forthcoming book, Fray: Art and Textile Politics, Julia Bryan- Wilson investigates how Vicuña’s use of knotted threads and strings signified politically during the Pinochet dictatorship and in relation to Andean systems of knowledge production. She explores a range of art and performance from several decades of Vicuña’s practice to illuminate how textiles unravel preconceived ideas about handicraft, industry, and memory.


Julia Bryan-Wilson’s writing, which has appeared in Afterall, Aperture, Artforum, Art Journal, Bookforum, October, Oxford Art Journal, and Parkett, among many other venues, centres on feminist and queer theory, artistic labour, performance, and craft histories. She is the author of Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era (Uni of California, 2009), Art in the Making: Artists and Their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (co-authored with Glenn Adamson, Thames & Hudson, 2016), and Fray: Art and Textile Politics (forthcoming Uni of Chicago, 2017). With Andrea Andersson, she is the co-curator of the first major exhibition of the work of Cecilia Vicuña (Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2017). Bryan-Wilson was a recipient of a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and has won several awards for her teaching. In 2017, she will be a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, DC.


The Keir Lectures on Art series is supported by the Keir Foundation and presented in partnership with The Power Institute, The University of Sydney.

Thursday, 4 May 2017



Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre

Arts West Building

The University of Melbourne



Admission is free.

Bookings are required. 

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