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Bring It On!: New Images of Feminine Aggression in Art and Visual Culture

Date: 19 January 2010 (Tuesday)
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Room 2.38, Main Building, HKU

In this lecture, Maud Lavin explores the new, complex, expansive, and mainly positive representations of feminine aggression in U.S. culture since the 1990s. She focuses on the recent wave of women and sports movies like the cheerleading movie Bring It On! and the gymnast movie Stick It as mass-cultural examples. And she explores the expression of aggression within and from art and activist groups like Toxic Titties as a related development in the art world.

Speaker: Maud Lavin

Maud Lavin is the Chair of Visual and Critical Studies and Professor of Visual and Critical Studies and Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a major center of theoretical study of the visual arts. Her many publications on modern art and visual culture include Cut with the Kitchen Knife: The Weimar Photomontages of Hannah Hoech (Yale University Press, 1993), Clean New World: Culture, Politics, and Graphic Design (MIT Press, 2001), and Push Comes to Shove: New Images of Aggressive Women (forthcoming from MIT Press).