The 2010 Bellarmine Forum, Imagining Equality: Women’s Art and Activism, will bring acclaimed performance artists, poets, actors, sculptors, dancers, and other artists to Loyola Marymount University next week to celebrate artistic visions that have inspired change.
The annual event, now in its tenth year, is a weeklong collection of performances, discussions and exhibitions centered around a single theme. Professor of English Gail Wronsky organized the 2010 Forum to celebrate the ways social change has been anticipated and fueled by art.
“So many women artists never got out of the trenches, and my admiration for them and their work is what led me to volunteer to direct this Bellarmine Forum on women,” Wronsky said. “I am grateful to them, to their supporters, to their critics, to the scholars who analyze their creations, to all the people who pay attention to what they have to say. What they have to say, every one of them, is that women deserve full equal rights and representation around the globe, and that we don’t yet have it.”
The week of activities begins Monday, Oct. 25, and ends Friday evening, Oct. 29. Participants include performance artists The Guerilla Girls, actor and singer Ellen Geer, actor-writer Jude Narita, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and LMU professor Beth Henley, poet and journalist Carolyn Forché, among many others.