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Fisher Center Welcomes Dezsö

The Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men will present Andrea Dezsö, visual artist, for a talk and exhibition titled “Lessons From My Mother.” Her visit and showcase is part of the Fisher Center’s year-long exploration of the topic, Our Bodies, Ourselves.

Dezsö works across a broad range of media including drawing, painting, artist’s books, cut paper, embroidery, animation, sculpture, site-specific installation and permanent public art. Her large-scale permanent public art has been installed in two New York City subway stations and at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Romania. “Community Garden,” Dezsö’s mosaic in the New York City subway was awarded Best American Public Art in 2007.

The Colleges will host an exhibit of nine of her embroideries of the same title as her talk, “Lessons from My Mother” at the Davis Gallery at Houghton House from Nov. 4 through 11. Gallery hours are 9:30-4:30 M-F, and 1:30-4:30 on Saturday. A sample of her embroideries is online.

“I created this embroidery series after moving to the United States and recognizing that many of the popularly held beliefs about health, hygiene, relationships and gender roles from my native Hungarian culture were widely at odds with commonly held beliefs in America,” explains Dezsö in an artist’s statement. “Having rejected embroidery as a girl in Romania’s communist school system because of the gender expectations surrounding it, I decided to use embroidery to comment on the traditions and roles I observed.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Dezsö will present a pop-up book workshop in the Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center, Room 105. Registration is necessary; contact Associate Professor of Dance Cadence Whittier, the director of the Fisher Center to register:

Dezso’s Fisher Center talk, “Lessons from my Mother: How to Prevent a Female Cold, Catch a Husband and Avoid a Frog Growing in your Stomach,” will be held on Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room.

Each semester, the Fisher Center looks to bring together the HWS community through its academic conversations to cultivate understanding and social justice in contemporary society.