Her Stories: Curator Tour and Artists’ Talk

Saturday, September 29, 2012, 4-6pm

@ Queens Museum of Art
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows – Corona Park
Queens, New York 11368

Join curator Jaishri Abichandani for a walkthrough of the Her Stories exhibition in the Queens Museum of Art’s Project Room, and then move to the Unisphere Gallery for a conversation with participating artists Samira Abbassy, Marcy Chevali, Ruby Chishti, Chitra Ganesh, Swati Khurana, Sabelo Narasimhan, and special guest Dr. Masum Momaya. The panel will discuss the role of history and identity in the artists’ own work and process, as well as the exhibition’s role as a retrospective and archive. The talk will be followed by an informal reception and refreshments.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to view the show and meet the artists before it closes on October 7.

Her Stories: Fifteen Years of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective
, is a retrospective exhibition celebrating the 15th anniversary of the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective. Her Stories presents the creative works of more than 100 diasporic South Asian women artists, filmmakers, musicians, dancers, and writers, with an installation of archival photographs, publications, and ephemera. The artwork selected for the exhibition prioritizes decorative and identity-based concepts to examine the trajectory of feminist art, from Womanhouse (1972) to Thin Black Line(s): Moments and Connections (2011), and locate its relevance in contemporary media and culture.

About the Discussant

Masum Momaya is a South Asian American feminist and currently a curator at the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C., where she is putting together the first-ever exhibition on the numerous ways Indian immigrants and their descendants have contributed to the United States. The exhibition will open at the Smithsonian for a yearlong showing in September 2013, and afterwards will travel the country for five years. Previously, Masum did curatorial work for the Indo-American Heritage Museum in Chicago, served as a curator at the International Museum of Women in San Francisco, and was the lead researcher and writer for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, an international feminist organization. She has authored more than 100 publications and is a former board member of the Third Wave Foundation, which supports young feminist, queer, and transgender organizing and activism. Masum has a Ph.D in Human Development and an MA in Education from Harvard University and an honors BA in Feminist Studies and Public Policy from Stanford University.