Barbara DeGenevieve to Speak at IU South Bend

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Barbara DeGenevieve will present a lecture at IU South Bend at 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 3 as a guest of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts in their 20th anniversary season celebration.  DeGenevieve is an interdisciplinary artist who works in photography, video, writing and performance.  Her lecture, titled “Exploitation, Political (in)Correctness and Ethical Dilemmas” will be held in Northside’s Recital Hall.

Barbara DeGenevieve’s work is project-based and inspired by the collision of ethics, critical theory, and the politics of sexuality.  She received her MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico and teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she is a professor and chair of the Department of Photography.

There are two reactions to Barbara DeGenevieve’s work – people either love it or hate it.  Although the first response might be preferable, the second is a much more complex and interesting reaction.  As an artist whose entire body of work has involved the representation of sexuality, the way in which the viewer responds, and that the viewer does feel strongly one way or another, has always been a driving force in her work.

Artists who work with sexual imagery face much more critical, and more recently legal scrutiny than is given to any other form of visual production, often having their work described as “pornographic.”  Pornography is the imaginary cultural standard by which all representations of the sexual body are measured - imaginary because neither feminists nor the Supreme Court have been able to create an unambiguous and stable definition that can be applied when visual or literary material is called into question.

With pornography as a framing device for the analysis of her work, DeGenevieve will show selections highlighting her career-long focus on sex.  The title of the lecture, “Exploitation, Political (in)Correctness and Ethical Dilemmas,” refers to both admonishments of her work and the strategies she uses to expose and analyze the usually unchallenged language of academic critique.  DeGenevieve will also address some of the troubling legal and social changes artists are currently facing that have occurred since the 1980s culture wars. 

Tickets for “Exploitation, Political (in)Correctness and Ethical Dilemmas” are available through the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts Box Office for $5-$9.  Tickets are free for students and children.  For more information visit or call 574.520.4203.

Barbara DeGenevieve
“Exploitation, Political (in)Correctness and Ethical Dilemmas”
7:30 pm Thursday, March 3
Northside’s Recital Hall
1855 Northside Boulevard, South Bend, IN
Tickets $5-$9 | Free to students/children