A Feminist Tea Party: Straddling the 49th
June 14 – June 16, 2013
about the programme
Do come in for a cup of tea…
O'Born Contemporary is pleased to present A Feminist Tea Party: Straddling the 49th, a three-day collaborative artwork by Caitlin Rueter and Suzanne Stroebe. OBC will be the fifteenth venue in the ongoing series and the host of A Feminist Tea Party's first instance outside the United States.
A Feminist Tea Party lies somewhere between a performance, an installation and a participatory event. Initially provoked by the Tea Party protests subsequent to the 2008 presidential election, A Feminist Tea Party recasts the "tea party" as a playful, progressive, inquisitive and inclusive space. Conceptually, it engages with the history of the tea party (from Boston to Beck) and feminism (from the suffragist movement to Lady Gaga). A Feminist Tea Party's aesthetics are meant to mirror techniques of the Tea Party movement, which has effectively played on the concept of historical reenactment as a vehicle for political discourse.