ALTOONA – Penn State Altoona will offer an exhibit of A Seat at the Table
March 30 – April 1 in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. Student participants will be on hand to talk about the woman they are honoring and their visual representation of her legacy.
Penn State Altoona’s A Seat at the Table installation is the result of a year-long interdisciplinary project inspired by the mixed-media art project The Dinner Party,” created by Judy Chicago and permanently housed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Chicago’s installation features thirty-nine place settings on a forty-eight foot sided triangular table. Each place setting depicts a mythical or historical famous woman of Western Civilization.
More than eighty-five Penn State Altoona students worked individually or in groups to create thirty-six such settings in celebration of women who have made a significant contribution to humankind, especially those who have not been recognized or canonized in mainstream historical records. The women represented are from North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Asia Minor, and the Middle East and are significant for their intellectual, cultural and social legacies.
Students who worked on the project come from a broad array of academic disciplines, including engineering, environmental studies, women's studies, history, political science, disability studies, and English.
The project is sponsored by Penn State Altoona’s Women’s Studies Program.
Penn State Altoona hosts events for Women's History Month
Penn State Altoona will host several events throuhgout the month of March in commemoration of Women's History Month 2014.
An open forum titled "Women's Art and the Social Justice Project" will be held Tuesday, March 18 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge of the Slep Student Center. The event will feature Nancy Youdelman of California State University, Fresno and Karen Keifer-Boyd of Penn State's School of Visual Arts. For more information, visit http://www.altoona.psu.edu/now/news.php?value=4554 online.
On Thursday, March 20, a panel discussion titled "Women in Academia" will be held in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts from 12:10 - 1:10 p.m. The panel will feature Penn State Altoona faculty members Julia Hudson-Richards, Karyn McKinney, and Kim Menard.
Carlos Ruiz, instructor in theatre arts, will present "The Price of Beauty: Eyeing Barbie, GI Joe and Mona Lisa" on Monday, March 24 from noon - 1:30 p.m. in rooms 101-103 of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts.
On Tuesday, March 25, a showing of the film The Color Purple will be held in rooms 101-103 of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts at 4:30 p.m. The event is being organized by Megan Simpson, associate professor of English and women's studies.
A panel discussion titled "Women and the Study Abroad Experience" will be held on Monday, March 31 from 12:10 - 1:10 p.m. in the Titelman Study of the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. The panel will feature Roselyn Costantino, Beth Seymour, Heidi Stetts, Renee Fisher, and Coralie McEachron.
The art exhibit "A Seat at the Table" will be held Monday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 1 in rooms 101-102 of the Misciagna Family Center for the Performing Arts. For more information about the exhbibit, visit http://www.altoona.psu.edu/now/news.php?value=4509 online.