Granary Arts Fellow, Micol Hebron, invites you to participate in Feminist Friday, a public community event designed to provide a platform for discussion of contemporary feminist issues. Feminist Friday encourages a pervasive and ongoing dialogue. The purpose is twofold: to de-stigmatize Feminism as something that is too academic, theoretical, inaccessible, classist, racist, angry, outdated or unnecessary; and to build networks of people and resources for encouraging feminist discourse and ideologies.
It is essential that Feminist Friday is a safe environment in which people can share questions, concerns, resources, and experiences pertaining to feminism. Respect is a key element of the discussion. Participants views and experiences will differ, it is important for everyone to be able to speak their truth in an environment that is supportive, encouraging and grateful.
Light refreshments will be provided. We hope you will join the discussion!
Feminist Friday was started in March 2015 as part of the programming of Micol Hebron’s project space, The Situation Room, in Eagle Rock, CA. There have been numerous iterations of Feminist Friday since then. In the last year the event has expanded in scope as well as location. Topics have varied widely including, sexism in politics, changing one’s name in marriage, racism, allyship, what feminism means for men, concerns and struggles for transwomen, generational discord among feminists, and more.
The structure of Feminist Friday was inspired by several things, social practice in art is largely rooted in the use of food and hospitality as mediums for community-building. The Consciousness-raising sessions of the 1970s were also an influence. Feminist Friday operates with the belief that a generous environment that allows people to feel welcomed, nourished, and relaxed is more conducive to honest, productive dialog. Encouraging people to gather and share their truths and experiences, while listening to others’ voices as a means of personal and community enrichment is the foundation of Feminist Friday.
About the Artist
Micol Hebron is an interdisciplinary feminist artist whose practice includes studio work, curating, writing, social media, crowd-sourcing, teaching, public-speaking, and both individual and collaborative projects. She has lived and worked in Los Angeles since 1992. Hebron is an Associate Professor of Art at Chapman University; the founder/director of The Situation Room resource space for the creative community; the Gallery Tally Poster Project about gender equity in contemporary galleries; and the Digital Pasty/Gender Equity initiative for the internet. In the past she has been the Chief Curator at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art; the director of the UCLA Summer Art Institute; an editorial board member at X-Tra magazine; an independent curator; a conservator at LACMA, and the co-founder of Gallery B-12 in Hollywood in the 90s. She has served on advisory boards at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Birch Creek Ranch Residency (Utah), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and UCLA. She is the founder of the LA Art Girls, and the Co-Founder of Fontbron Academy. She employs strategies of consciousness-raising, collaboration, generosity, play, and participation to support and further feminist dialogues in art and life. Hebron has presented exhibitions, performances, and lectures at numerous international institutions.