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Feminist Artist Exhibits Mixed-Media Sculptural Works in Borland Gallery

Nancy Youdelman Orphan

From There to Here: Four Decades as a Feminist Artist, an exhibition of mixed-media sculptural works by California artist Nancy Youdelman, is on display in the Borland Gallery, March 3–April 7, 2014.

Exhibiting since 1971, Youdelman creates her work out of clothing, cast bronze, natural materials, and found objects. Her varied career includes working as an artistic consultant on the 1975 Rolling Stones concert in Los Angeles; serving as a founding member of both Grandview Gallery at the historic Woman’s Building in Los Angeles and Double X, a feminist collective; and teaching at the university level for 20 years.

On April 5 at 3 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, Pattee Library, Youdelamn will present "Then & Now: Reflections on Feminist Art Teaching." In this lecture, she will reflect on feminist art teaching in the 1970s.  She will speak about her first-hand experience with the Fresno feminist art class taught by Judy Chicago, 1970-71; the CalArts Feminist Art Program, 1971-73, in which she worked on the acclaimed Womanhouse; and her years of teaching and art-making since. She will include her most recent one-month teaching artist residency at Penn State that is part of a special topics course facilitated by Karen Keifer-Boyd using Judy Chicago’s pedagogical principles.

Youdelman’s extensive exhibition record includes a solo exhibition at Eight Modern in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2013. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including recent grants from the Pollock-Krasner and Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundations.

Photo Caption: Orphan, 2003, mixed-media relief, 20 x 23 x 3 inches

Text Courtesy of Amy Milgrub Marshall