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Lecture: Body Partings—The Art of Christina Ramberg

Sat, May 11 | 2:00–3:00



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A painting of a torso from the shoulders to the mid-thighs. Each body part is composed of segments of a different garment in different muted colors and materials. The crotch comprises a miniature upside-down jacket in blue with red lapels. Emerging from the opening of this upside-down jacket is a tiny pair of yellow pants.

Black ‘N Blue Jacket, 1981

Christina Ramberg. Collection of Chuck and Kathy Harper, Chicago. © The Estate of Christina Ramberg. Photography by Jamie Stukenberg.

In her brief but impactful career, Chicago artist Christina Ramberg ruptured representations of gender. Whether in early work featuring the ahistorical, often abstracted female body or in her eventual depictions of a more disregulated, deconstructed body, willfully ungendered or regendered, Ramberg questioned and dissected the gender conventions that defined both her time and ours.

In this exploration of Ramberg’s work, artist and author Riva Lehrer discusses Ramberg’s artistic production through the lenses of disability activism, gender queerness, monster theory, and the creative process.

About the Speaker

Riva Lehrer Head Shot Nathan Keay

Riva Lehrer is an artist, writer, and curator who focuses on the socially challenged body. Her work has been exhibited in venues including the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, both in Washington, D.C.; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut; among others. Her memoir, Golem Girl, was published in October 2020. Lehrer was a longtime faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago until her retirement in 2022, and she now serves as an instructor in the department of medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University.

Image courtesy of Riva Lehrer. Photography by Nathan Keay.

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