Panel discussie Pants Wear Skirts: The Erfurt Women Artists’ Group, 1984 – 1994

Pants Wear Skirts: The Erfurt Women Artists’ Group, 1984–1994 © Hatje Katz

vr 26–05–2023

16:30 uur t/m 18:30 uur

Goethe-Institut Amsterdam

Susanne Altmann met Christa - Maria Lerm Hayes en Anna Seidl

We are pleased to invite you for a conversation with art historian and curator Susanne Altmann next week on the exciting new publication Pants Wear Skirts: The Erfurt Women Artists’ Group, 1984–1994. The book accompanies the recent exhibition co-curated by Altmann at the nGbK Berlin, which was, to-date, the most extensive examination of the prolific production of the Erfurt Women Artists’ Group. Formed by East German artist Gabriele Stötzer in the early 1980s, the Erfurt group was a space to meet, share experiences and, eventually, to collectively create films, music and fashion together. In November 1989, some of the women in the group (including Stötzer) were also key figures in the first occupation of an Stasi headquarters, which was in the city of Erfurt just after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Hosen haben Röcke an / Pants Wear Skirts © Hatje Cantz Verlag On 26 May Altman will be in conversation with Professors Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes and Anna Seidl from the University of Amsterdam about the publication, the exhibition, and the important – if not underacknowledged – history of the women of Erfurt. The conversation is moderated by programme curator Megan Hoetger, and has been conceived within the frame of Altmann’s month-long residency with the Goethe-Institut Rotterdam.

Registration (free)


Susanne Altmann’s project is developed in conversation with educational partners at the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis, as well as with generous research support from the Goethe-Institutes Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Thessaloniki.


Collage of archive materials from the front matter pages of the catalogue for the exhibition Pants Wear Skirts: The Erfurt Women Artists’ Group, 1984–1994 (nGbK Berlin, November 27, 2021 – January 30, 2022).


The panel conversation with Susanne Altmann is part of Edition IX – Bodies and Technologies (2022-23), including [also] new productions by Black Speaks Back, Samia Henni, Nuraini Juliastuti, Jessika Khazrik and Constantina Zavitsanos.


Edition IX – Bodies and Technologies is supported by Ammodo - Stichting voor Kunst en Wetenschap and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

Institututional Funding 
If I Can’t Dance is structurally supported by the Mondriaan Fund and the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) and member of Europaplatform, De Zaak Nu and Moker.

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