“They said you can’t make a film like this”: Lizzie Borden on revolution, race, and radical action in”Born in Flames” [Audio]

Set in an alternate-reality socialist democratic United States, Lizzie Borden’s speculative fiction Born in Flames (1983) finds the country still plagued by social injustice. This feminist classic is a low-budget, grassroots production, documentary-like in its reflection of a long-gone grungy yet vibrant downtown New York City. Made at the height of the Reagan years, it tackles sexism, racism,...

Collection Spotlight: To Survive on This Shore by Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre

Title: To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults Artists: Jess T. Dugan (b. 1986) and Vanessa Fabbre (b. 1978) Nationality: American Date: 2018 Medium: Portfolio of 12 color photograph prints on Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag Pearl and 12 text panels on Canson Edition Etching Rag Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art,...

Judith Arcana, Reproductive Rights Pioneer, in Conversation [Audio]

In the four years before the Roe v. Wade ruling made abortion legal in the United States, a clandestine organization of Chicago women offered low-cost, safe and confidential services to over 11,000 women—the Jane Collective. The film "Jane: An Abortion Service" offers an invaluable oral history, through the words of women who founded, operated, and consulted the service. The Block Museum of Art...

Outing Queer Fluxus: Geoffrey Hendricks and David Getsy in Conversation [Audio]

A prominent member of the Fluxus movement and a legendary organizer of 60’s era Happenings, American artist Geoffrey Hendricks’s art communicates a fascination with nature, collaborative rituals, and the performance of gender and sexuality in public life. A frequent performer at Charlotte Moorman’s Annual New York Avant Garde Festivals, Hendricks’ work was display in the Block Museum...