"The Heretics," a documentary featuring members of the New York Art Collective, and a performance piece by former UTEP art student Xochitl Rodriguez are among the highlights of the UTEP Women's History Month Conference on March 23.
The conference runs from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., with registration starting at 8 a.m. Panels and scholarly papers by activist, students and faculty will be presented in the morning and afternoon at the UTEP Union Building on topics range from the future of Juarez to teaching feminism through comics.
"The Heretics," which will be shown at noon at the UTEP Union Cinema, is described by filmmaker Joan Braderman as "an experimental documentary" about the pioneering New York feminist arts group. It features interviews and updates on 28 of its members, including artists such as Miriam Schapiro and Cecilia Vicuna and writer Lucy Lippard.
Braderman was a member of the collective, known for publishing "Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Arts and Politics" from the late '70s to early '90s.
It will be followed by a panel discussion with UTEP women's studies lecturer DeAnna Varela and Charles Horak, the Plaza Classic Film Festival artistic director.
Rodriguez, who studied metalsmithing at UTEP while pursuing her bachelor of fine arts, will give a lecture and performance at 6:30 p.m. at the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, with a reception starting at 6 p.m.
Rodriguez focused on combining performing with body art while at UTEP, and worked on a series of body armor, called "The Shield," while teaching sculpture in Bhutan.