Monday, February 20, 2012

Sculptor to speak at Antioch, Wednesday

Linda Stein to present lecture on gender at Antioch College

Sculptor, artist and activist Linda Stein will present a lecture titled “Salander/Blomkvist: Challenging Stereotypes in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – and beyond” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, in McGregor Hall Room 113 on the Antioch College campus.

The lecture, first performed at the Brooklyn Museum in October 2011, includes a screening of a condensed version of the movie, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and an examination of gender reversal and gender scrambling executed in the film. Stein will discuss the popular appeal of the character Salander as a protector and heroic icon. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information about Stein’s lecture at Antioch College, contact Dennie Eagleson at 937-768-6462 or

Stein’s art and activism have been passionately engaged toward tearing down all forms of gender stereotypes and prejudices as she increasingly focuses on celebrating the fluidity of gender. Art historians Christina M. Penn-Goetsch, Margo Hobbs Thompson, and Ann Vollman Bible have written separately and extensively about how Stein continues to “break down boundaries between female, male, feminine and masculine,” doing so “with the clear intent of dismantling a hegemony that limits individuals and values one gender over another.” An articulate speaker for peace and equality, Stein critiques and denounces injustice and gender-based violence in our culture. She combats rigid and binary ways to allow for a more liberated, egalitarian, authentic and enlightened experience of gender identity.

Stein has been featured on more than 150 television, radio, magazine and online formats discussing the expanding definition of gender and describing how her art informs this changing view. Through 2014, Stein’s sculptures will travel to more than 19 museums and universities around the country, including a stop at the Burnell R. Roberts Triangle Gallery at Sinclair Community College from February 2 to March 7 in Dayton.

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