Nov 3, 2019, 2PM–4PM

Coffee and Conversation: fierce pussy’s Collective Praxis


Enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee and join Rebecca Naegele, Penn MFA candidate for a conversation on fierce pussy’s collective praxis alongside the exhibition arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified.

The discussion will consider how the four artists in the exhibition have in addition to their distinct artistic practices engaged in a collective activist practice from the 1990’s through to the present. How might we look to the sociopolitical climate out of which fierce pussy emerged to understand the necessity for their collective action in the face of social injustice?

Paulo Freire’s writing allows us to reflect on fierce pussy’s activism. Freire writes that one must emerge from oppression and turn upon it by means of praxis: reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it. We will uncover the methods of fierce pussy’s praxis on view in the exhibition and discuss how the group mobilized around AIDS activism, lesbian visibility and feminist consciousness raising through an economy of means.

Rebecca Naegele is currently an MFA candidate in Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, 2020. Rebecca attended the Whitney Independent Study Program, Studio Program in New York, NY, 2016-17 and holds a BFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis. Recent exhibitions include Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY; 3A Gallery, New York, NY; 321 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and BRIC House, Brooklyn, NY.


Support for arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified programming has been provided by the Sachs Contemporary Art Fund and the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation.

Programming at ICA has been made possible in part by the Emily and Jerry Spiegel Fund to Support Contemporary Culture and Visual Arts and the Lise Spiegel Wilks and Jeffrey Wilks Family Foundation, and by Hilarie L. & Mitchell Morgan.


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