Guest Artists Speak About Feminism and Performance

Abbie Constant and William Osbourne.  Courtesy of Google Image Search.

Abbie Constant and William Osbourne. Courtesy of Google Image Search.

Guest artists Abbie Conant and William Osborne will be visiting Southwestern Jan. 26-28. While on campus, they will speak about the European salon movements and their role in the development of feminism and other forms of egalitarianism. The talk will be followed by a performance of their musical theatre piece “Street Scene for the Last Mad Soprano.” Additionally, they will participate on a panel with SU faculty members Kathleen Juhl and Star Varner, discussing the topic “Feminism in Performance.”

Varner’s upcoming art installation “Mysteries Revisited” deals with the frescoes from the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii reinterpreted through a feminist and autobiographical lens. Regarding the panel, she said, “Art played an important role in advancing feminism…Even though the other participants [in the panel] are performance artists and I’m a visual artist, there are many connections.”
Conant and Osborne’s visit was brought about through the efforts of SU trombone professor Dr. Eileen Meyer Russel, who studied under Conant’s teacher M. Dee Stewart at her alma mater, Temple University in Philadelphia.

“Street Scene for the Last Mad Soprano” will be performed on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Alma Thomas Theatre, and the panel discussion will occur at 4 p.m. the next day. Finally, on Jan. 28, they will present another work, the multimedia piece “Music for the End of Time.”

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