March 1, 2017

Revolution at Point Zero: Feminist Social Practice

Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College Chicago
Laura Anderson Barbata, La Extraordinaria Historia de Julia Pastrana, 2015. Zine detail.

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 exhibition generates conversations which reframe socially-engaged art with intersectional feminism at its core, and proposes a new feminist-centered theory for defining the field of social practice 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 work include: Laura Anderson Barbata’s Julia Pastrana: A Homecoming, including a gender-subverting, history re-envisioning burlesque performance with Fem Appeal; Marisa Jahn’s The Careforce, with a public performance choreographed and performed by activists of the domestic labor movement; Las Nietas de Nonó’s Ilustraciones de la Mecánica, participatory theatre of untold narratives about reproductive health in Puerto Rico; Megan Young’s large-scale works on paper, used in The Longest Walk protests held in Chicago and nationwide; and a featured recent work entitled Snow Workers’ Ballet by Mierle Laderman Ukeles, one of the pioneers of the social practice movement.

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 designed by Belgrade-based artist, TKV.

Events and programming

March 10, 5–8pm
Opening reception 
Featuring performances by Las Nietas de Nonó + Laura Anderson Barbata with Fem Appeal
Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash Ave

March 12, 7pm
La Extraordinaria Historia de Julia Pastrana Burlesque Performance: 
Laura Anderson Barbata in collaboration with Fem Appeal
Uptown Underground, 4707 N Broadway Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

April 21,10am–3pm
Feminist Social Practice Symposium
Film Row Center, 1104 S Wabash Ave – Eighth floor
This half-day symposium is bolstered by a partnership with Open Engagement and features artists, scholars, activists and curators from around the country.


The Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces (DEPS) is Columbia College’s student-centered galleries, performance venues and art boutique. The spaces are hubs for social, educational and cultural activities for the College and the broader community. DEPS presents innovative and accessible programs for students, the college and beyond. The department also leads the Wabash Arts Corridor, the vibrant, urban public art program located in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.

Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts and business for more than 8,000 students in more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Dedicated to academic excellence and long-term career success, Columbia College Chicago creates a dynamic, challenging and collaborative space for students who experience the world through a creative lens. For more information, visit

For Information on the exhibition and additional programs, visit

For more information: Meg Duguid, Director of Exhibitions, [email protected] / T 312 369 8686


Revolution at Point Zero: Feminist Social Practice at Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College Chicago

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