VCFA Lecture Resources: ME/WE/US/SHE™

Kimberle Crenshaw, 'Intersectional Feminism'
Carol Hanisch, ‘The Personal is Political’
Betty Saar: The Liberation of Aunt Jemima
Racial bias in film, video, commercialisms

The Female Complaint by Lauren Berlant
Women And Nature by Susan Griffin
Why I Am Not A Feminist by Jessa Crispin
The Witch Has A System by Trini Dalton
Advice From My 80-Year-Old Self by Susan O'Malley
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit
Feminism Is For Everybody by bell hooks
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler

Jenna Blazevich
Elizabeth Duffy
Faith Wilding
Cauleen Smith
Patty Chang
Juen MFA thesis

NY MAG, 11 Female Art Professors and Teachers on Their Favorite Female Artists

“Designer, printmaker, artist, and educator Corita Kent has been a longtime inspiration and guide. Every time I drive by that natural gas tank just outside of the city of Boston, I feel a kinship and comfort in her exuberant stripes and colors. I have long enjoyed all the urban myths regarding various images that can be extracted from the paint strokes. I imagine Kent would have liked that, people looking deeply and intuiting messages beyond the surface. Her rules for students and educators are lighthearted but exactly on point and they serve as a foundation for my own teaching practices. Her work is bright, daring, and subversive.”
Nikki Juen, instructor and lecturer of experimental and foundation studies, RISD

AIGA Chicago Women Lead

Good evening from Morningstar Chicago! 3.8.2017

Good evening from Morningstar Chicago! 3.8.2017

Hello AIGA Chicago!

It's been a week since I was with you in Chicago and I haven't stopped thinking about your kindness, receptivity and thoughtful questions. Thank you for coming to listen to what Tereasa, Susan and I had to offer. I only regret that we didn't have more time together, there is so much to share towards living and thriving as a woman in the design fields.

To that end, I am sharing some of the authors and books that have been my guides, and at times, my irritants. Either way they have somehow stimulated my thinking and helped me find ways to inhabit my experiences. I hope you find some of them interesting and useful.

I loved your city and I can't wait to return, I hope to see you again in the near future.

Thanks again — Susan, Anya, Tereasa, Heather, Silvana, Morgan, Marissa and Mig. Such a pleasure me meet you all. 

xo, Nikki


The Argonauts
By Maggie Nelson

The Discipline of D.E. [Do Easy]

"Sometimes, the easiest and calmest way is the best. Directed by Gus van Sant and written by William S. Burroughs, 'The Discipline of D.E.' has sat for years in the corner of my mind like a bonzai garden tucked behind a Times Square billboard, occasionally drifting into view in those moments of clumsiness or disorganization or information overload to remind me to pause, slow down and do it again, easy.

D.E. is a way of doing. D.E. simply means doing whatever you do in the easiest most relaxed way you can manage, which is also the quickest and most efficient way, as you will find as you advance in D.E. You can start right now tidying up your flat, moving furniture or books, washing dishes, making tea, sorting papers. Don’t fumble, jerk, grab an object. Drop cool possessive fingers onto it, like a gentle old cop making a soft arrest.

Van Sant began working on the 16mm film while he was still in film school at the Rhode Island School of Design, and when he moved to Los Angeles, it became one of the first of his non-school related projects. To get permission to use the short story on which it is based, he found Burroughs in the New York City telephone book, rang him up, and and asked if he could come over. It was easy."  —

B. E.

"Stop thinking about artworks as objects
and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences."

This quote by Brian Eno is an example of both the magnificent mind of the aforementioned [B.E.] and the pure potential of an artist or designer's power in entering and answering problems. Based on research at MIT, the following strategy is an active move beyond brainstorming and is applicable to any creative pursuit. See the original MIT Sloan Management article.

1. Define the problem and solution space. What are the parameters of the problem? What are the limitations? To solve this prompt, you will need to define the boundaries of the problem.

2. Break the problem down. Use visual techniques like brainstorming, mind mapping, image inventories or any other ways your can explore visual representation.

3. Make the problem personal. How do you feel about the problem and THEN, what does your problem mean to people affected by it. How is your personal stance, also universal? Where does your perspective fit in the bigger picture?

4. Seek the perspective of outsiders. Get feedback, talk to peers, experts and other people within the system of the problem/solution being explored.

5. Diverge before you converge. Explore ALL of your ideas. Get them down on paper. Don't limit any potential solution before you have exhausted all relevant ideas

6. Create 'idea resumes.' An idea resume is a one-page document that explores where you see your work existing and what materials, resources and processes are needed to make it a reality.

7. Create a plan to learn. Even the 'best' ideas will inherently contain assumptions that need testing. The seventh step is to design these tests and to be clear and open to what you aim to learn from them.

Markus Raetz

Markus Raetz is a sculptor and conceptual artist who lives in Switzerland. His art is usually described as being about issues of reality and illusion. For example, he has made a sculpture that suggests the pipe painted by Renee Magritte in 1929. Magritte inscribed his picture "Ceci n' est pas une pipe," (This is not a pipe), and Raetz calls his free-standing sculpture of a pipe "Nichtpfeife" (Non-Pipe). To read more visit Crown Point Press.