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Scholar Julia Bryan-Wilson considers how women of color artists like Pacita Abad and Rosie Lee Tompkins have used embellishment as a strategy to blur the lines between function and decor. Her talk examines how these artists’ practice of intricately adorning domestic objects can expand our understanding of women’s work. Bryan-Wilson’s 2017 book Fray: Art and Textile Politics won prestigious works such as the ASAP Book Prize, the Frank Jewett Mather Award, and the Robert Motherwell Book Award. Her show “Louise Nevelson: Persistence” is an official collateral events of the 2022 Venice Biennale, and her monograph on Nevelson is forthcoming in 2023.