Pussy Porn and Other Arguments: Feminist Photographies in American Art, 1979-1987


ACLS Fellowship Program


African and African Diaspora Studies


This project tracks the art and activism of artists Martha Rosler, Tee Corinne, and Carrie Mae Weems, who used photography as part of their respective commitments to socialist-feminism, lesbian feminism, and Black feminism. It analyzes how each artist envisioned and represented socially-just relationships between photographers, human subjects, and audiences across differences of class, gender, race, and sexuality. Using archival evidence and oral histories, the project traces these artists' presentations in feminist groups and professional organizations, studying how they enacted their images to transform the disciplines of art and photography.