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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Inside the (Laundry) Closet

This talk invites the community to engage in a multidisciplinary presentation spanning Women and Gender Studies, Art History, and Visual Art. The presenters will discuss a working project that explores the history and implications of an inscribed closet door frame located in the basement/ laundry room of the Rochester AAUW Perkins Mansion on East Ave in Rochester, New York. Elizabeth Perkins left this property to the Rochester area branch of the American Association of University women. The interior of the door frame and closet is inscribed with names, dates, and notations spanning the 1930s to the present, left by both women and men, all workers, servants, and perhaps caretakers of the building. A hidden register of gender, class, and servitude provide us with rich material to explore as scholars, historians, and artists.

Presenters: Alisia Chase (Faculty)
Kitty Hubbard (Faculty)
Barb Lesavoy (Faculty)
Topic: Art
Location: 101 Edwards
Time: 3:45 pm (Session V)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.