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Politics of Women's Health: A Long Table Conversation and Installation
American Association University Women - Greater Rochester Area Branch
Rochester, NY
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Politics of Women's Health: A Long Table Conversation and Installation
Women losing their constitutional rights, living their lives under the yoke of a powerful cohort of white men is the inconceivable plot line of a riveting, dystopian Hulu series, right? It seems so, and, yet American womens autonomy hasnt been as much at risk in half a century.

Join 21st Century Arts at the Politics of Womens Health: A Long Table Conversation and Installation from 3 to 6 pm on July 14, 2018 at American Association University Women: Greater Rochester Area Branch (GRAB/AAUW), 494 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14618. This timely event is an artistic interrogation of current issues and the politics of womens health.

This is an event of At the Crossroads: Activating the Intersection of Art and Justice. The Politics of Womens Health is presented in collaboration with Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York and GRAB/AAUW.

About the LONG TABLE:

Conceived by artist Lois Weaver and inspired by Marleen Gorris film Antonia's Line, the Long Table is an experimental open public forum that is a hybrid performance-installation-roundtable-discussion-dinner-party designed to facilitate dialogue through the gathering together of people with common interests.

With no predetermined outcome save conversation, this Long Table could be an opportunity to both introduce and reflect on some recent initiatives, to discuss what and who are missing from historical accounts, and to explore what kinds of actions and strategies could be undertaken
The Long Table is a dinner party structured by etiquette, where conversation is the only course. The project ingeniously combines theatricality and models for public engagement. It is at once a stylized appropriation and an open-ended, non-hierarchical format for participation. Both elements  theatrical craft and political commitment  are mutually supporting in this widely and internationally toured work. The (often-feminized) domestic realm here becomes a stage for public thought.

The components are simple: the long table; chairs; a paper tablecloth; pens with which to make comments, to draw, or to scribble ideas. The final, and necessary, component is an etiquette sheet. This list of rules for engagement lays the groundwork for talk that is structured in its participatory aspect without being limited in content or access. The rules, or perhaps helpful hints, include items like There can be silence, There might be awkwardness and There can always be laughter. The Long Table acknowledges the sometimes-uncomfortable side of both private exchange and public engagement, while celebrating the potential for new forms of knowledge-making and -sharing.


-There is no beginning
-Those seated at the table are performers
-The menu is up to you
-Talk is the only course
-Step up, step back (no filibustering)
-There is no hostess
-It is a democracy
-To participate, take a seat at the table
-If the table is full, you can request a seat (tap someones shoulder)
-Once you leave the table, you can come back
-There can be silence
-You can break the silence with a question
-You can write your questions on the table
-There can be laughter
-There is an end, but no conclusion


American Association University Women - Greater Rochester Area Branch (View)
494 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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