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Women in Conceptual Art

Still from Amazon, a 16mm film by A K Dolven.
Still from Amazon, a 16mm film by A K Dolven.
, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL | Photograph: A K Dolven.

The event presented new research in performance, scores, film and happenings emerging from female artists’ conceptual art practices.

24 May 2018

Artists’ work addressed was drawn from but not limited to the following:

Christine Kozlov, Eleanor Antin, Lee Lozano, Deborah Hay, Dorothea Rockburne, Hanne Darboven, Ann Hamilton, Pip Benveniste, Carlyle Reedy, Marie Yates, Annabel Nicolson and Anne Bean.

Convened by Dr Jo Melvin, Reader in Fine Art Theory at Chelsea College of Arts.


Ami Clarke, A K Dolven, Karen Di Franco, Kate Doyle, Sophia Y. Hao, Lina Hermsdorf, Rozemin Keshvani, Irene Revell, Mo Throp, Amy Tobin, Catherine Wood.

Introduction by Jo Melvin.

Women in Conceptual Art Exhibition

21 May - 9 June 2018

The work in the exhibition was drawn from the Special Collections at Chelsea College of Arts Library.

It included a mixture of material: photographs, correspondence, private view cards, artists’ books, magazines and publications. On show were a number of items from the Dorothea Rockburne Archive and Adrian Piper’s ephemera file, as well as Athena Tacha’s art made for publication, including art writing and photo-text pieces.

In 1970, Tacha, while studying at Oberlin College, Ohio, organised ‘Art in the Mind’. It was an international exhibition of artworks and concepts for artworks submitted in the post. Dorothea Rockburne explored ways to represent and also to document performative spatial procedural actions.

She exhibited in Bykert Gallery, New York and the Lannis Gallery, Museum of Normal Art, initiated by Christine Kozlov and Joseph Kosuth. Piper also exhibited in the Lannis Gallery.

Issue no. 2 (1968) of S.M.S. magazine, founded and edited by William Copley, includes Lee Lozano’s Thesis. This is displayed in the Chelsea Old Library alongside copies of Wallpaper magazine, with Susan Hiller scores and 112 Greene Street Workshop documentation. Pamphlets by Alison Knowles are also included.

The selection indicated the currency of exchange and simultaneity of ideas between these diverse practitioners. It showed how relevant these concerns are to practice now and provides a springboard for further investigation, research and response.

Curated by Dr Jo Melvin with librarian Gustavo Grandal Montero.