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GIDEST Presents Wendy S. Walters, March 8

GIDEST Seminar

Wendy S. Walters

Friday, March 8, 12-1:30 p.m.
GIDEST Lab, Room 411, 63 Fifth Avenue

Please join us on Friday, March 8, for a discussion with Wendy S. Walters of her project on white paint. Seminar participants are asked to prepare by reading the text available for download at

Wendy’s GIDEST seminar will discuss her current project, which looks at the continued use of white paint from white-lead to latex. Throughout the late 18th and early 19th century many painters used white-lead paint in portraiture to accent the skin of their female subjects, just as their subjects used it to “paint” themselves for the occasion of being drawn. Wendy’s project considers how white paint gets employed in narratives about starting over, many of which eschew and flatten history.

Wendy S. Walters (M.F.A./Ph.D, Cornell) is a 2018-19 GIDEST fellow and the author of a book of prose, Multiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal (Sarabande Books, 2015), named a best book of the year by BuzzfeedFlavorwireLiterary HubThe Root, and Huffington Post. She is also the author of two books of poems, Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem, 2014) and Longer I Wait, More You Love Me. Wendy trained in literary studies, performance studies, political geography, and cultural studies. Her current field of interest is the writing practice as a means for conducting research and translating methods across disciplines.

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