The University Record, March 15, 1999

'Dragon lady' drives home message

Marilyn Zimmerman dresses the part to urge women to "slay the dragons" during a February lecture, part of the Photo Active Feminist Lecture Series sponsored by the School of Art and Design and the National Endowment for the Arts. Zimmerman donned the dragon costume to emphasize the need to fight against militarism, sexism, censorship and the patriarchal barriers that continue to exist in the art world. During her lecture, she discussed the battle she successfully fought against censors when her home and Wayne State University offices were raided for photos she had taken of her daughter. While she won the case, she lost custody of her child over the nude photos of the child, then three years old, after a bath. Zimmerman used this as an example of how photography taken out of context can lead to extensive censorship and consequences. The lecture series concludes March 19, when Barbara Kruger, New York billboard artist and feminist, will speak at 7 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium. Photo by Patricia Duque.