A FEMINIST TEA PARTY.

NYFA’s Curatorial Program Presents:

A Feminist Tea Party
by Caitlin Rueter and Suzanne Stroebe

Monday, April 11 – Friday, April 15, 2011
12-5pm each day

NYFA Gallery
20 Jay Street, 7th floor
Brooklyn, New York

Free and open to the public

NYFA is pleased to announce A Feminist Tea Party, a week-long residency event presented through NYFA’s Curatorial Program.

A Feminist Tea Party at NYFA is Caitlin Rueter and Suzanne Stroebe’s first solo exhibition for their collaborative project A Feminist Tea Party. A Feminist Tea Party lies somewhere between a performance, an installation and a participatory event. Rueter and Stroebe will be welcoming guests for tea, sweets and informal conversation daily in the NYFA Gallery from 12 noon until 5 o’clock during the week of April 11th, 2011.

Provoked by the Tea Party protests, A Feminist Tea Party recasts the “tea party” as a playful, progressive, inquisitive and inclusive space. At its inception, the project was only meant to last for an afternoon. It has now continued for over a year, and is constantly re-imagined as it finds new audiences, spaces, and participants.

Stroebe and Rueter revisit the consciousness-raising groups of the 1970’s in the set of a midcentury tea party. Rather than recreating the exclusive environment of the historical consciousness-raising groups, or the homogeneous scene typical of the historical tea party, they include a wider cast of discussants, conflating the past and present to create an environment where essential and discomfiting issues can be discussed freely and with a sense of humor.

Each day a different co-host or team of co-hosts will introduce a discussion or event, engaging guests in casual conversation surrounding a topic related to feminism that they have chosen for this space. Please see below for a schedule.

Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of your gender, your political persuasion or
whether you identify as feminist.

Schedule of events:

Monday April 11, 2-4pm
“Feminist Swag : Bitches and Hoes in contemporary Rap and Hip Hop”
Co-host: Jenn Dierdorf

Tuesday April 12, 2-4pm
“Pop Music and Feminism”
Co-host: damali abrams

Wednesday April 13, 4:30-6pm
“Male / Female (Check One)
A discussion of how our gender defines (and/or doesn’t) our everyday life”
Co-hosts: Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida

Thursday April 14, 2-4pm
“Activism in Performance: Representing Women”
Co-hosts: Jaimianne Amicucci, Autumn Horne and Bonnie MacAllister

Friday April 15, time TBA
“Sexual Relations/Violence on Campus”
with Susan Ball

For more information, visit A Feminist Tea Party‘s blog: http://www.afeministteaparty.wordpress.com

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) now offers curatorial services to help organizations, corporations and individuals find engaging artwork for their offices, homes, festivals, events and other spaces. Over the past 40 years, NYFA has worked with thousands of visual, literary and performing artists working in all styles and disciplines.

Whether large-scale or small, permanent or temporary, for an open courtyard, a film series, or an office foyer, NYFA’s in-house curator will work with you and your organization to determine the best work to suit your needs.

For information contact David Terry at dterry@nyfa.org or go to: http://www.nyfa.org/level2.asp?id=170&fid=2