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Mary Kelly, detail of Flashing Nipple Remix, 2005. Courtesy of the artist, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York.

Gleaning from Mary Kelly

30 Nov 2016

Mignon Nixon chairs a panel exploring the work of artist Mary Kelly featuring speakers Catherine Grant, Margaret Iversen and Griselda Pollock.

40 years since Mary Kelly’s best-known work Post-Partum Document (1973 - 1979) was shown at the ICA, the panel addresses the enduring significance of the artist’s past and current practice. Touching on themes such as labour, war, trauma and the politics of care, the panel explores Kelly’s sustained engagement with feminism and psychoanalysis. This event marks the launch of Mary Kelly (The MIT Press, 2016), edited by Mignon Nixon and featuring essays and interviews by many of the panelists, taking Post-Partum Document as a foundational work.

Unfortunately Laura Mulvey can no longer participate due to unforeseen circumstances.

Speaker biographies

  • Mignon Nixon

    Mignon Nixon is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at University College London and an editor of October magazine. She is the author of Fantastic Reality: Louise Bourgeois and a Story of Modern Art and the editor of a previous October Files volume, Eva Hesse (both published by The MIT Press).

  • Griselda Pollock

    Griselda Pollock is a Professor of Social & Critical Histories of Art at University of Leeds. She studies feminist, social, queer and postcolonial interventions in the histories of art, trauma and cultural memory. She is the author of Visual Politics and Psychoanalysis: Art and the Image in Post Traumatic Cultures (2013).

  • Catherine Grant

    Catherine Grant is Lecturer in the Art and Visual Cultures Departments at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is currently working on the re-enactment of feminist histories in contemporary art. Part of this research will be published as “A Time of One’s Own” in the Oxford Art Journal, December 2016. She is also the co-editor of Girls! Girls! Girls! (2011) and Creative Writing and Art History (2012).

  • Margaret Iversen

    Margaret Iversen is a Professor of Art History and Theory at the University of Essex. She studies contemporary art and theory, psychoanalytic aesthetics and photography since the Sixties. She is the author of Beyond Pleasure: Freud, Lacan, Barthes (2007) and editor of Chance (2010), a collection published by Whitechapel/The MIT Press.

  • Laura Mulvey

    Laura Mulvey is a Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. She studies feminist film theory, psychoanalysis and semiotics. She is the author of Visual and Other Pleasures (1989) and Fetishism and Curiosity: Cinema and the Mind’s Eye (2013).

Now in its 70th anniversary year, the ICA is extending the research and profiling of its legacy with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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