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We welcome you to an artist talk with visionary artist and Franklin Furnace Founder Martha Wilson. Join her as she takes us through the rich history of her artistic practice and touches also on the work of fellow performance artists in the exhibition, Franklin Furnace: Performance is Public.

This lecture chronicles the interwoven stages of Wilson’s creative contributions within the context of early feminist and socially engaged studio practice as well as her dissemination of the work of like-minded individuals through the auspices of Franklin Furnace. Central to the discussion is Wilson’s presence as an agent of transformative change, initially in her artwork and then her facilitation of cultural change through her leadership of Franklin Furnace. Wilson’s selection of  projects from 40 years of programming at Franklin Furnace also becomes a self-portrait of sorts as she highlights works that are historically significant for pushing boundaries within exhibition and display culture as well as society at large.

Reception to follow with light fare and refreshments served.


Martha Wilson is an American feminist artist and gallery director who began her career in the early 1970s in Halifax while studying English Literature at Dalhousie University and teaching English at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Working in a male-dominated Conceptualist milieu at that time, Wilson generated pioneering photographic and video work that explored her female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations and invasions of male and other female personas. She further developed her performative practice after moving to New York City in 1974 where she also founded and continues to direct Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc., a downtown artist-run center dedicated to the exploration and promotion of innovative installation, performance and time-based art practices.


View information on the Franklin Furnace: Performance Is Public exhibition here.

*Image above: Martha Wilson, by Christopher Milne

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