October 12, 2015
A screening of The Question of Manet's Olympia: Posed and Skirted (1989), by the V-Girls, is introduced by Lawrence Rinder. First staged at an annual meeting of the College Art Association in San Francisco,  this performance took the form of an academic panel discussion, in which a number of satirical papers were delivered, including "My Man Manet," "Mayonnaise: Olympia?," and "Man A, Woman B."

The V-Girls was a New York-based performance group, active between 1986-96, with five members: Martha Baer, Jessica Chalmers, Erin Cramer, Andrea Fraser, and Marianne Weems.

Lawrence Rinder is director of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Rinder commissioned the V-Girls to create this performance as part of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive's MATRIX program in 1989. In 1992, Rinder invited Andrea Fraser to be guest curator of the BAM/PFA exhibition Aren't they lovely? which used Therese Bonney's large bequest of art and artifacts as a point of departure for an exploration of taste, personality, and the cultural politics of institutions.

This is the second event in our year-long season about and around the work of Andrea Fraser.

Screening starts at 7:15pm

The V-Girls,
The V-Girls, 'Daughters of the ReVolution', 1995, Generali Foundation, Vienna. Courtesy: the artists

The V-Girls,
The V-Girls, 'The Question of Manet's Olympia: Posed and Skirted', 1990, The New Museum, New York. Courtesy: the artists