[act-ma] March 28-29, 2009: Kate Millett's "Oppression and Pleasure" at the Pierre Menard Gallery in Cambridge -- exhibit runs through April 12, 2009

Mary Curtin marycurtin at comcast.net
Sat Mar 21 07:28:21 PDT 2009

"Oppression and Pleasure"

exhibition featuring visual art by Kate Millett

curated by Heide Hatry

exhibition runs 22 March through 12 April

Opening Reception
Saturday, 28 March, 6-9 pm
Public Conversation/Book Signing
Kate Millett & Catharine MacKinnon
Sunday, 29 March, 2 pm

at the
Pierre Menard Gallery

(Cambridge, MA) Pierre Menard Gallery presents Kate Millett’s "Oppression
and Pleasure": visual art exhibit curated by Heide Hatry. 22 March through
12 April, with an opening reception (artist present) on 28 March, 6-9 pm
[free and open to the public], and a public conversation/book signing with
the artist, joined by Catharine MacKinnon, on 29 March, 2 pm [suggested
donation $10]. Regular gallery hours, which are free and open to the public:
open daily, 12-8 pm. Pierre Menard Gallery, 10 Arrow Street, Cambridge. For
more information, 617-868-2033 or www.pierremenardgallery.com.

Pierre Menard Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition of selected visual
art works by Kate Millett, including drawings, print and sculptures.

Although Millett is best known as a pioneer of the modern feminist movement,
author of the groundbreaking classic Sexual Politics, she has lived and
practiced as an artist throughout her life and has been the subject of a
number of shows in both museums and private galleries. Like her nuanced,
articulate, diverse and provocative writings, Millett’s visual art spans a
broad range of interests, media, styles and tones, from elegant minimalist
nudes to thoughtful fluxoid constructions and neo-dada whimsy to austere,
impersonal and often quite large-scale constructions, in which her insight
into the politics of the human condition and the inhumanity of politics are
ever in evidence.

Millett’s artistic vision is as distinctive and humane as her literary
voice, ranging over betrayal, loss, injustice and even murder without
abandoning love, honor, hope and joy.

On Sunday March 29 at 2 pm, Kate Millett will take part in a public
conversation with feminist lawyer Catharine MacKinnon on any subject that
strikes her fancy. Copies of a number of Millett’s books will be available
for purchase, which the author will be happy to sign at both the opening and
the discussion.

Background information:

Visual artist, feminist writer, and activist Kate Millett runs an art colony
for women in Poughkeepsie, NY. Some of her visual art work can be viewed at

Catharine MacKinnon specializes in sex equality issues under international
and constitutional law. She pioneered the legal claim for sexual harassment
and, with Andrea Dworkin, created ordinances recognizing pornography as a
civil rights violation. She is currently on the faculty at University of
Michigan Law School. (Source:

Heide Hatry is a visual artist and curator. She grew up in Germany, where
she studied art at various art schools and art history at
the University of Heidelberg. After she moved to NYC in 2003 she has curated
several exhibitions in Germany, Spain and the USA (notably “Skin” at the
Goethe Institut in New York, the Heidelberger Kunstverein and Galeria
Tribeca in Madrid, Spain; “Out of the Box” at Elga Wimmer PCC in NYC,
“Carolee Schneemann, Early and Recent Work, A Survey” at Pierre Menard
Gallery in Cambridge, MA and “Meat After Meat Joy” at Daneyal Mahmood
Gallery, NYC). She has shown her own work at museums and galleries in those
countries as well and edited more than a dozen books and art catalogues.
Kehrer Verlag published her book Skin in 2005 and Charta published her book
Heads and Tales in 2009. For more information on Hatry, visit

The Pierre Menard Gallery was founded in 2006 by John Wronoski, proprietor
of the well-known international rare book firm, Lame Duck Books (founded
1984). In its first year, the gallery mounted an exhausting 17 shows. The
gallery’s space allows for multiple simultaneous exhibitions. Among the
artists exhibited have been Lucien Clergue, Jim Peters, Hiroyuki Hamada, Jan
Saudek, Josef Sudek, Christian Bastian, Matt Weber, Gordon Wagner, Rikki
Ducornet and Elena Urbaitis.  Exhibition catalogs have been produced to
accompany the majority of its shows, often with contributions by prominent
authors, art historians and critics. Nathan Censullo is the gallery's
director. Log onto www.pierremenardgallery.com for more details.

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