|O’BORN CONTEMPORARY presents:
A Feminist Tea Party: Straddling the 49th
DATES: FRIDAY, JUNE 14 – SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013.
131 Ossington Avenue, Toronto.
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 – 6 and by appointment.
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ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
Do come in for a cup of tea…
O’Born Contemporary is pleased to present A Feminist Tea Party: Straddling the 49th, a three-day collaborative artwork by Caitlin Rueter and Suzanne Stroebe. OBC will be the fifteenth venue in the ongoing series and the host of A Feminist Tea Party’s first instance outside the United States.
A Feminist Tea Party lies somewhere between a performance, an installation and a participatory event. Initially provoked by the Tea Party protests subsequent to the 2008 presidential election, A Feminist Tea Party recasts the "tea party" as a playful, progressive, inquisitive and inclusive space. Conceptually, it engages with the history of the tea party (from Boston to Beck) and feminism (from the suffragist movement to Lady Gaga). A Feminist Tea Party’s aesthetics are meant tomirror techniques of the Tea Party movement, which has effectively played on the concept of historical reenactment as a vehicle for political discourse.
Rueter and Stroebe revisit the consciousness-raising groups of the 1970s in the set of a mid-century tea party. Constructing a room in the center of the gallery, they create both a home and a forum. Dressed in 1950s costume and greeting guests in their "parlour", they draw on the iconographic heritage of contemporary representations of women-sex and service, the consumer and the consumed. The gallery is recast as a home, an open forum where essential and discomfiting issues can be discussed freely and with a sense of humor.
Through the duration of their residency at OBC, Rueter and Stroebe invite viewers to join them for tea, sweets and conversation. Each day, a different co-host drawn from Toronto’s vibrant and uniquely varied cultural landscape will introduce a topic to engage guests in an informal discussion about feminism.
All are welcome to participate, regardless of gender, political persuasion, or identity as feminist.
Co-hosts, themes and schedules have been announced on the OBC website: http://www.oborncontemporary.com. For more details on the extended series, visit A Feminist Tea Party’s blog: www.afeministteaparty.wordpress.com
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
A Feminist Tea Party is an ongoing collaborative series by Caitlin Rueter and Suzanne Stroebe. The project began in early 2010 as a one afternoon event within Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida’s project, #class, at Winkleman Gallery in New York City. Since then it has been exhibited in venues across the United States, its installation adapted to fit each venue and its content to suit each audience. The series has also been expanded to include side projects in alternative formats.
Past venues have included SEVEN Art Fair in Miami with Winkleman Gallery, New York Foundation for the Arts Gallery in Brooklyn, the 2011 College Art Association Conference in New York City, Pacific Standard Time: It Happened at Pomona at Pomona College Museum of Art, West Gallery at California State University, Northridge, The Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, California, Winkleman Gallery in collaboration with artist Jennifer Dalton, A. I. R. Gallery in Brooklyn, and ArtScape in Baltimore. A Feminist Tea Party has been featured in The Huffington Post, Bitch Magazine, the James Kalm Art Review, Magenta Magazine and Hyperallergic, among other publications.
Rueter and Stroebe have written about their project for NYFA Current, M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online, 25th Anniversary Edition, and Emergency Art Index 2013.
Rueter and Stroebe make art independently and together. Stroebe is a member of SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery in New York City. Rueter is represented by O’Born Contemporary in Toronto.