Feminist Painting, Performance and Installation Art in East Germany: The Case of Angela Hampel
April Eisman, associate professor of art and visual culture (art history), will present and discuss her CEAH grant-funded research. Light snacks will be provided.
Nearly 30 years after German unification, this talk challenges a number of stereotypes about East German art by focusing on the life and art Angela Hampel, an artist best known for Neoexpressionist paintings of powerful women from mythology and the Bible, such as Salome and Judith. In the 1980s, Hampel showed these works on both sides of the Iron Curtain, including at the Venice Biennale.
A strong defender of women’s rights in East Germany, Hampel also also did installations and performance art that engaged with these and other issues, including gender relations and ecology. The talk will also touch upon the impact of the fall of the Berlin Wall (in November 1989) on her work and its reception.