FEMINISM + Co.: ART + SEX + POLITICS 2009 Feminism and Company

Feminism & Co. is a program series at The Lab that explores issues relating to women and gender. Each evening tackles a different facet of modern feminism through film screenings, creative performance, lectures and discussions. These evenings address women’s – and men’s – complicated relationship to art, politics and sexuality. Everyone welcome.

The History and Politics of a Word
Join Melinda Barlow, bitch extraordinaire and professor of film studies at University of Colorado at Boulder, to explore representations of irreverent and impudent women in Hollywood cinema and beyond. Put your bitch on to mine the history of this inflammatory word.
6PM Reception | 6:30PM Program
$10 ($5 members)


Weightlifting and Politics
Two speakers will confront the topic of power, both personal and political. International Federal of Body Building & Fitness (IFBB) Pro-Female bodybuilder Heather Policky will discuss the art of muscle enhancement and demonstrate her posing routine. Then Dusti Gurule, Executive Director of The Latina Initiative, will talk about her Colorado-based political action group's work to empower Latina women to activate and influence their community.
6PM Reception | 6:30PM Program
$10 ($5 members)


The Case of Willie Mae’s Scotch House
First, view a screening of the 50-minute film documentary Above the Line: Saving Willie Mae’s Scotch House (2006), directed by The Lab heartthrob Joe York. The documentary traces the monumental efforts to rebuild Willie Mae Seaton’s famous Scotch House Restaurant following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Following the screening, art historian Elissa Auther and sociologist Emmanuel David will lead a discussion about the complicated burdens placed on women's lives by natural disasters and other catastrophes.
6PM Reception | 6:30PM Program
$10 ($5 members)


Drive and No Drive
This adult-oriented evening features a performance by award-winning performance artist Holly Hughes, known for her satirical explorations of lesbian sex. We'll also hear from an expert on female health and education, who will approach the topic of women’s sexual drive (and lack thereof) from a different perspective.
6PM Reception |
6:30PM Program
$10 ($5 members)




Feminism & Co.: Art, Sex, Politics is co-directed by Elissa Auther, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Gillian Silverman, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Colorado Denver, in association with an advisory committee consisting of feminist scholars, activists and engaged public figures.