September 15–19, October 13–17, November 17–21
What stories do we tell about ourselves? What images do we create? How could we revise them? What limits and what possibilities emerge in the act of re-imagining ourselves? How can we ethically construct stories and images of marginalized others?
In her residency, painter, writer, and teacher Riva Lehrer poses these questions to explore the intertwined concepts of identity and representation.
Lehrer's residency will be incorporated into a 360 cluster of courses at Bryn Mawr and Haverford titled "Identity Matters," where she will enable students to make material the work of visual and textual self-representation.
Kristin Lindgren (Director, Writing Center & Independent College Programs, Haverford)
Anne Dalke (English, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Bryn Mawr)
Sara Bressi Nath (Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research)
- The Listening Portrait: The Ethics of Portraiture with Riva Lehrer
Thursday, November 20th
About the Artist
Riva Lehrer (b. Cincinnati 1958) has exhibited in museums and galleries across the country. Her work focuses on issues of physical identity and the socially challenged body.
Ms. Lehrer’s work has been seen in venues including the United Nations, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, the Arnot Museum, the DeCordova Museum, the Frye Museum, the Smithsonian Museum, the Chicago Cultural Center, the State of Illinois Museum, and the Elmhurst Museum. She has been a visiting artist and lecturer across the US and Europe.
Lehrer’s work with graphic novelist Alison Bechdel is the subject of The Paper Mirror, a 2012 documentary by Charissa King-O’Brien, which is being screened in film festivals around the world. David Mitchell’s and Sharon Snyder’s award-winning 2005 documentary Self Preservation: The Art of Riva Lehrer is included in many university curricula. She is also featured in two upcoming documentaries: Variations by Laurie Little and Anuradha Rana and Code of the Freaks by Salome Chasnoff, Carrie Sandahl, and Susan Nussbaum.
Awards include the 2009 Prairie Fellowship at the Ragdale Foundation, the 2009 Critical Fierceness Grant, the 2008 3Arts Foundation of Chicago grant for artistic achievement, and the 2006 Wynn Newhouse Award for Excellence, an unrestricted grant for $50,000. Other awards include those from the Illinois Arts Council, the University of Illinois, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Ms. Lehrer’s writing and visual art are included in Sex and Disability, a 2011 anthology edited by Robert McRuer and Anna Mollow.
Riva Lehrer is currently an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Drawing and Anatomy), a visiting artist in Medical Humanities at Northwestern University, and co-chair of the 2013 Chicago Bodies of Work Festival.