DEPS - Department of Exhibitions, Performance & Student Spaces Columbia College Chicago

March 10- April 24, 2017

Curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman and Melissa Hilliard Potter

Opening Reception: March 10, 5-8pm, featuring performances by

Las Nietas de Nonó + Laura Anderson Barbata with Fem Appeal

Revolution at Point Zero is the first exhibition of its kind to position the feminist art movement as the progenitor of contemporary socially-engaged art. The featured projects generate conversations which reframe social practice with intersectional feminism at its core, and support a new feminist-centered theory for defining the field at large. The exhibition reclaims the feminist movement's collaborative, inclusive, community-based strategies as central to contemporary social practices. Point Zero is also the springboard for a publication and traveling exhibition.

The exhibition features women-identified, North American artists whose work focuses on radical acts of the personal and political. Selected works include: Laura Andrson Barbata's Julia Pastrana: A Homecoming, including the gender-subverting, history re-envisioning burlesque performance with Fem Appeal; Marisa Jahn's The Careforce, with a public performance choreographed and performed by activitsts of the domestic labor movementl Las Nietas de Nono's Ilustraciones de la Mecánica, participatory theatre of untold narratives about reproductive health in Puerto Rico, Megan Young’s Longest Walk, with Angela Davis Fegan, an installation of female identifying bodies in public spaces created in protest of politics as usual; and a featured recent work entitled Snow Workers' Ballet by Mierle Laderman Ukeles, one of the pioneers of the social practice movement. 

Laura Anderson Barbata with Fem Appeal, Mexico City and New York City
Marisa Jahn, New York City
Las Nietas de Nonó, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Megan Young with Angela Davis Fegan, MFA '14, Cleveland and Chicago
Mierle Laderman Ukeles, New York City


Click here for extensive programming, including live performance during opening weekend, public events on the Wabash Arts Corridor and artist-led workshops. The program is bolstered by a partnership with Open Engagement along with a half-day symposium featured artists, scholars, activists and curators from around the country.

Feminist Social Practice Symposium
April 21, 1-4pm symposium, 4-6 pm, closing reception
Glass Curtain Gallery and Film Row Center
1104 S. Wabash Ave, 1st floor and 8th floor

Click here to RSVP for Symposium

Revolution at Point Zero takes its title inspiration from Silvia Federici’s formative Marxist feminist text of the same name. The curators pay thanks to the Nathan Cummings Foundation / Jane M. Saks for research funding. The multi-edition cover design for the exhibition was beautifully designed by Belgrade-based artist, TKV.
For more information: Mark Porter,
Gallery Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9am - 5pm, Thursday 9am - 7pm, Saturday 12pm - 5pm