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Nancy Baker Cahill is a new media artist who examines power, selfhood, and embodied consciousness through drawing and shared immersive space. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of 4th Wall, a free Augmented Reality (AR) art platform exploring resistance and inclusive creative expression. 

Her geolocated AR installations have been exhibited globally and have earned her profiles in the New York Times, Frieze Magazine, and The Art Newspaper, among other publications, and she was included in ARTnews’ list of 2021 'Deciders'. Her work has been internationally exhibited at museums and galleries, including Francisco Carolinum Linz, The Hermitage, The Buk-Seoul Museum of Art (SEMA), Honor Fraser Gallery, and König Gallerie. Baker Cahill is a TEDx speaker, an artist scholar in the Berggruen Institute’s Transformations of the Human Fellowship, and a member of the Guild of Future Architects. She was a 2021 resident at Oxy Arts’ ‘Encoding Futures,’  focused on virtual monuments. In 2021, she was awarded the Williams College Bicentennial Medal of Honor.

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EDUCATION

Williams College, B.A. with Honors in Art

 

SELECTED SOLO and TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2022 The Plant, Yonkers, NY 
2021 Mushroom Cloud Project, Aorist Art, Miami, FL
2021 König Galerie Solo Booth, Misa Van Ham Kunst_Halle, Cologne, Germany

2021 Legacy AR, Synthesis Gallery/American Embassy in Berlin, Tempelhofer, Berlin

2021 Legacy, SXSW, Austin TX

2020/2021 Liberty Bell, commissioned by Art Production Fund, Boston, MA, Rockaway, NY, Philadelphia, PA,

Washington, DC, Charleston, SC, Selma, AL

2020 EVER NOW, temporary AR installation, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

2019 EVER NOW, Facebook Brickyard Building, Los Angeles

2019 Hollow Point: Nancy Baker Cahill, Boston CyberArts, Boston

2018 COORDINATES, Las Vegas, Washington D.C.

2018 Sunset Digital Billboard Project: Nancy Baker Cahill’s VR Drawings, sponsored by IF Innovation Foundation

2018 Hollow Point | Strange Laugh: an AR/VR/Analog event, LACE, Los Angeles

2017 Nancy Baker Cahill | Elisa Johns, Ochi Projects, Los Angeles

2017 Hollow Point: a VR exhibition at Butcher Bird Studios, Los Angeles

2016 Nancy Baker Cahill: Interruptions, Moorpark College Art Gallery, Moorpark, CA

2015 SHEvening, Tanya Aguiñiga and Nancy Baker Cahill, MERRYSPACE, Los Angeles

2014 Nancy Baker Cahill and Yuval Pudik: New Drawings, Vibiana, Los Angeles

2012 Fascinomas, The Pasadena Museum of California Art (catalogue)

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022 Digital Combines, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2021 The Ethereal Aether, The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia

2021 Telepicnic Project: Your Holiday, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art (SEMA), South Korea 

2021 Messe in St. Agnes, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany 

2021 Proof of Art, Francisco Carolinum Museum, Linz, Austria

2021 Uncommon Ground, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2021 Synthetic Wilderness, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2021 Encoded Futures: Speculative Monuments for LA, OxyArts Residency, Los Angeles, CA 

2021 The Bardo: Unpacking the Real, Feral File

2021 Canal Convergence, Scottsdale, AZ

2021 Luminex: Dialogues of Light, ArtNOW, Los Angeles

2021 Tech/Know/Future, Montclair University, Montclair, NJ

2020 Art Safiental Biennial, Safiental, Switzerland

2020 After Life, a VR exhibition, Epoch Gallery

2019 Desert X Biennial, Coachella Valley, CA

2019 Sandbox Immersive Festival, Qingdao, China

2019 Games for Change, Immersive Arcade, Official Selection, New York

2019 Sonar + D, Barcelona, Spain

2019 New Faces: Mid-Career Artists LA/NY, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles

2019 Virtual Futures: XR Showcase, LACMA booth, LAAS, Los Angeles

2019-2020 Auto Show: Public Art on the Greenway, Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Boston

2018 sp[a]tial reality: Artists Explore the Future of XR, sp[a]ce gallery, Pasadena, CA

2018 COORDINATES: a collaborative, AR public art exhibition via the 4th Wall app, global

2018 CITY UNSEEN: a New [AR]t Experience, Public AR Art Experience, Snap! Orlando, Orlando

2018 MANIFESTO: A Modest Proposal, Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, CA

2017 ICALA VR BBQ, Butcherbird Studios, Los Angeles

2014 Eyewall, The Bottom Line (web video gallery), The Drawing Center, New York

2014 May Contain Explicit Imagery: Nancy Baker Cahill, Kiki Seror and John Weston, CB1 Gallery (catalogue), Los

Angeles

2010-2013 Folk Art Everywhere, Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles. Rotating exhibition at the Levantine Cultural Center

featuring works from the Exit Wounds Project

2009 Discovered/Undiscovered, University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

2007 Mind Full: A Group Show, Tinlark Gallery, Los Angeles

 

CURATED AND HOSTED AR PUBLIC ART PROJECTS | AR MONUMENTS | EXHIBITIONS VIA 4th WALL APP

2021 Capitol, Inc., ICAR NGO collaboration and app, Washington, DC  

2021 Encoding Futures Residency at Oxy Arts, hosting AR monuments

2021 Crossroads, in partnership with The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH. Funded by NEA Grant

2020 Monument to the Autonomous Republic of Artsakh, Glendale, CA, a collaboration between Mashinka Firunts

Hakopian, Nelli Sargysan, Kamee Abrahamian and Nancy Baker Cahill

2020 In Plain Sight: a coalition of 80 artists fighting immigrant detention and the culture of incarceration, conceived by

Cassils and rafa esparza

2020 SHE ASCENDS, Louisville, KY, a collaborative AR monument to Breonna Taylor, created by Brianna Harlan,

spoken word by Hannah Drake, collaboration with Nancy Baker Cahill and Alice Gray Stites, sponsored by 21c Louisville

2019 BATTLEGROUNDS, 31 artworks and 24 artists, New Orleans, LA, Co-curated by Nancy Baker Cahill and Jesse

Damiani

2018 Defining Line, Los Angeles, Co-curated with Debra Scacco

2018 - present COORDINATES, Global

 

GRANTS | AWARDS | RESIDENCES

2022 Art-In-Residence, Lancaster, CA

2021 Williams College Bicentennial Medal of Honor

2021 American Embassy Arts Grant, Berlin

2021 Encoding Futures Residency, Oxy Arts

2020 NEA Grant, Crossroads Cleveland

2020 Transformations of the Human Fellowship, Berggruen Institute

2019 Fulcrum Arts Benefit Award

2019 Facebook Open Arts Residency 

2019 Official Selection, Games for Change Immersive Arcade

2019 Nominee for Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant

2019 Impact Maker to Watch, Stratiscope, City Hall, Los Angeles

2016 Peripheral Vision Arts Publication Fellowship

2014 Herradura Art Competition, Los Angeles 2nd Place

2012 2016 CCI Creative Capacity Fund Grant

2011 ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation

 

SELECTED PUBLIC LECTURES | 2017-2021 

Symposium: Encoding Futures: Speculative Blueprints for AI, OxyArts, Los Angeles, CA

New Languages: Code, Screen, Simulation, Art and Technology Speaker Series, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Augmenting Difficult Realities: Using AR to Change Perspectives, ICAR Breakout Session, Washington, DC

Beyond the Walls, Conversation with curator Tom Leeser, Tech/Know/Future, Montclair University, Montclair, New Jersey

Hirshhorn Museum, Schneider Museum of Art, AWE Conference & Immersive Arts Symposium Keynote Speaker, Impact Reality Summit, Seattle, WA, Factory Berlin’s Artist Residency, Berlin, Germany, Free Radicals Symposium, Fulcrum Arts, Pasadena, CA Seattle Art Fair, Conversation with Shamim Momin and Gary Simmons, Seattle, Sónar+D, Panelist Barcelona, Spain,

Girls Who Code, Los Angeles, CA, Sandbox Immersive Festival, Panelist, Qingdao, China, Games For Change, Keynote Speaker, Exhibitor, New York, SplitX Summit, Speaker, Split, Croatia, LACE, Los Angeles, Boston Cyberarts Gallery, Boston, LAAS, Los

Angeles, Desert X, sp[a]ce gallery, Pasadena, CA, TEDx, Increasing Dialogue Through Drawing: Using AR as a Tool to Create Equity and Access, Sotheby’s Institute, ICA LA 

 

GUEST LECTURES | 2016-2021

UCSD, Georgetown Law, Georgetown University, CalArts, Integrated Media Dept, Occidental College, Colgate University, Mass College of Art, USC Media Arts and Practice, Oberlin College, Visiting Artist, University of Nevada, Reno, Occidental College, USC Film School, CSUN Art Department, Chapman University Art Dept, Integrated Media Dept, Cal Arts, Interruptions, Moorpark College

BIBLIOGRAPHY | SELECTED PRESS

Dismantling the Patriarchy, Bit by Bit:  Art, Feminism, and Digital Technology, Judith K. Brodsky, published by Bloomsbury, 2021

Monument Lab Bulletin, Motherboard, by Nancy Baker Cahill, September 20, 2021

Artnet, How Artists Are Seizing the NFT Moment to Transform the Debate About Tech and the Environment, August 13, 2021

Misa, Standing on the Shoulders of Technology. Nancy Baker Cahill and Harry Yeff in Conversation,  August 6, 2021

Hyperallergic, How Women Artists Have Been Marginalized in the Blockchain Discourse, Charlotte Kent, June 13, 2021

Brooklyn Rail, The Bardo: Unpacking the Real, Charlotte Kent, June 2, 2021

LA Weekly, Is the Cryptoart Space the Utopia WeWere Promised? Shana Nys Dambrot, June 3, 2021

Glass Tire, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Launches NFT Project, Christopher Blay, May 11, 2021

Bitcoin News, The Flip Side of NFTs: A Glimpse Into the Artists' Unique Perspectives, Reuben Jackson May 10, 2021 

The Art Newspaper, Contract Killers: artist Nancy Baker Cahill challenges the efficacy of the 'smart contracts' behind NFTs with an augmented reality project, Daniel Cassady, May 7, 2021

Los Angeles Times, A Huge Digital Artshow will Light Up DTLA Buildings, Matt Cooper, April 8, 2021

Art in America,  Augmented Dreams, Samantha Culp, January 11, 2021

ARTnews, The Defining Public Artworks of 2020: From Toppled Monuments to Messages in the Sky, Claire Selvin, December 28, 2020

ARTnews, Who Will Shape the Art World in 2021? ARTnews Presents ‘The Deciders’, The Editors of ARTnews, December 1, 2020

Frieze, Ghosts in the Machine, Elvia Wilk, September 24, 2020

Washington Post, 4 Art Road Trips To Take This Fall Across the U.S., Anna Mazurek, October 3, 2020

Arts Fuse, Visual Arts Commentary: Digital Media - Public Art is a Bridge to Our New Normal, Mark Favermann, September 17, 2020

California Home + Design, The Changemakers, Jessica Ritz, September 16, 2020

Artnet News, The Art World at Home: Curator Michi Jigarjian Is Helping Plan a Giant Mural in Rockaway and Growing Squash in Her Garden, September, 8, 2020

Los Angeles Review of Books, Embracing the Radical Uncertainty of Part-Machines, Nancy Baker Cahill, August 2, 2020

Selma Sun, Selma one of six cities in the country chosen to display virtual art piece, July 20, 2020

Boston Globe, Weighing the Fate of our Most Problematic Public Art, Murray Whyte, July 11, 2020

The Post and Courier, What I did on my Charleston Stay-Put Vacation, Maura Hogan, July 11, 2020

The Georgetowner, Mostly Virtual Arts Round Up, Richard Selden, July 9, 2020

Smithsonian, This AR Artwork Reimagines Historical Spaces Across the U.S., Nora McGreevy, July 8, 2020

Timeout, You Can View This Cool Augmented Reality Artwork In Six Different Cities, Howard Halle, July 8, 2020

CNN, 80 Artists Wrote Messages in the Skies Above ICE Detention Centers, Jacqui Palumbo, July 7, 2020

Whitewall, In Liberty Bell, Nancy Baker Cahill Asks, Who is Actually Free? Pearl Fontaine, July 7, 2020

Art News, British Arts Institutions Receive £1.5 Billion in Aid and More: Morning Links from July 6, 2020, Claire Selvan

KCET, In Plain Sight’: 80 Artists Take Over the Skies in Support of Immigrant Rights, Carren Jao, Mia Nakaji Monnier, July 6, 2020

Raleigh News & Observer: New York Times, ‘Liberty Bell’ Tolls for Sites Where History is Alive and Kicking, David Colman, July 5, 2020

Philadelphia Inquirer, On Art Museum Steps, A Different ‘Liberty Bell,’ Becky Batcha and Ellen Grey, July 4, 2020

New York Times, Protesting U.S. Immigration Policies, Artists Aim for the Sky, Zachary Small, July 3, 2020

Harper’s Bazaar, The Culture Lover’s July Guide, July 2, 2020

New York Times, ‘Liberty Bell’ Tolls for Sites Where History is Alive and Kicking, David Colman, July 2, 2020

Artnet, For the 4th of July, an Augmented Reality Artwork Is Bringing the Liberty Bell to Cities Across the Eastern Seaboard, Sarah Cascone, July 4, 2020

Artsy, Why I’m One of 80 Artists Writing Messages of Hope and Rage in the Sky This Independence Day, Raquel Gutiérrez, July 3, 2020

LA Times, 80 artists will mark Fourth of July with skytyped messages over U.S. detention centers, Carolina Miranda, July 3, 2020

LA Times, Art Reality Studio Arms Artists With VR Gear and Asks: What If?, Deborah Vankin, April 25, 2020

LA Weekly, Human Nature: Are We Animals Or Are We Machines?, Shana Nys Dambrot, April 9, 2020

Vogue, Chanel Manicures, Bondage Ballet, and Emily Ratajkowski: Inside the Art Production Fund’s 2020 Gala, Zachary Schwartz, March 10, 2020

Forbes, The Top AR Apps, Projects And Activations Of 2019, Jesse Damiani, February 27, 2020

Forbes, The Top 35 XR Installations of 2019, Jesse Damiani, February 19, 2020

The Art Newspaper, Plans for Berggruen Institute’s ‘scholars’ campus’ in the Santa Monica Mountains move forward, First cohort of artist fellows includes Nancy Baker Cahill, Agnieszka Kurant and Pierre Huyghe, Gareth Harris, February 15, 2020

Voices of VR podcast with Kent Bye, #874 VR for Good: Using   to Explore Contested Sites in New Orleans with Nancy Baker Cahill’s 4th Wall App, January 24, 2020

LA Times, FACES OF 2019, Featured Artist, December 29, 2019

VRScout, First Ever Impact Reality Summit Announces 2020 Lineup, Dave Dorsey, December 23, 2019

LA TIMES, Confederate Statue, plantation, prison: Artists reclaim sites with ‘Battlegrounds‘, Deborah Vankin, October 30, 2019

IMMERSE, Unlocking the Potential of Immersive Technology For the Arts, Noah J. Nelson, July 27, 2019

Art and Cake, Femmebit 2019, Realizing the Future for Women in Art and Technology, Genie Davis, July 21, 2019

Coeur et Art, Art + Activism: Nancy Baker Cahill + Coordinates Project , Alexandra Etienne, July 20, 2019

WBUR, The ARTery, An Augmented Reality Experience on the Greenway Reminds Us Of Life Before The Big Dig, Jacquinn Sinclair, July 12, 2019

Voices of VR with Kent Bye, #783: AR Art on Contested Sites, Feminist Philosophy, & Embodied Art with Nancy Baker Cahill, July 3, 2019

LA Times, With A Free Phone App, Nancy Baker Cahill Breaks the Glass Ceiling of Male-Dominated Land Art, Deborah Vankin, February 28, 2019

LA Times, Review: For Desert X 2019, I Drove 198 Miles to See 19 Artists’ Work. Here’s the Best, Christopher Knight, February 23, 2019

Galerie Magazine, The 9 Most Unforgettable Installations at Desert X, Laura Van Straaten, February 13, 2019

Artsy, The 7 Most Awe-Inspiring installations from Desert X, Kelsey Ables, February 13, 2019

Boston Hassle, WENT THERE: Nancy Baker Cahill: Hollow Point, Kevin Ruhiu, Febuary 2, 2019

LA Times, Desert X 2019: Artists Will Tackle Environmental Disaster, Guns, Immigration, Deborah Vankin, January 28, 2019

The Wall Street Journal, At Desert X, An Arid Art Exhibit Materializes, Brenda Cronin, January 28, 2019

GameDaily.Biz via Yahoo! Finance, Please, Touch the Art: VR encourages Audience to become the Exhibit, Dustin Clendenen, January 23, 2019

The Boston Globe, Thrills and Possibilities As Artist Ventures into Digital Realms, Cate McQuaid, January 16, 2019

VRScout, Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway is Now One of the Largest AR Exhibits in North America, Bobby Carlton, May 25, 2019

Bloomberg Media Documentary Series, Episode 25: ART and Augmented Reality: Nancy Baker Cahill, December 17, 2018

Arcadia Magazine, Arte Colombiano y Realidad Aumentada en el Espacio Público de Los Ángeles, Joaquin Guzman, November 28, 2018

LA Times, How Virtual Art Appearing Along the LA River Tackles Gentrification, Immigration, and Environmental Issues, Anna Furman, November 2, 2018

LA Weekly, The Future of XR is Now, Tanja M. Laden, October 10, 2018

VR Voice, Artists Create GPS Enabled Augmented Reality Art to Deliver Provocative Political Messages, September 25, 2018

Animation Magazine, Biggest Ever VR/AR/MR Art Show Coming to sp[a]ce gallery, Mercedes Milligan, September 24, 2018

ZDNet, Artists Use AR to Display Politically-Charged Art in Provocative Places: Billed as the first truly interactive fine-art augmented reality experience, this may be the birth of a new medium, Greg Nichols, September 14, 2018

Digital Bodies, COORDINATES: The Fascinating Collaborative AR Art Project, Emory Craig, September 10, 2018

VRScout, Artists Spread Inspirational Political Messages Through Geo-Located AR Art, Kyle Melnick, September 5, 2018

ARTnews, A New Model for Public Art: With Coordinates Feature, 4th Wall App Allows Users to View Artist-Designed AR Projects, Claire Selvin, August 13, 2018

Williams College Magazine, Breaking the 4th Wall, Julia Munemo, September 12, 2018

LA Magazine, Artists are Using Augmented Reality to Install Virtual Works in Powerful Places, Brittany Martin, August 13, 2018

La Stampa, L’arte aumentata. Tecnologia all’opera. Il Paese delle Meraviglie incontra Snapchat, Fabio Sindici, June 26, 2018

Wallpaper, The World’s First Augmented Reality Tool For Designers Launches Today, Elly Parsons, June 6, 2018

The Art Newspaper, Nancy Baker Cahill Drops AR Art Bombs, Jori Finkel, May 9, 2018

LA Weekly, The Adventures of Nancy Baker Cahill Across the 8th Dimension, Shana Nys Dambrot, April 20, 2018

SEEFLECTION, Artist Showcases AR Art in 4thWall App, Jordan Castinado, March 2, 2018

GOOD Magazine, These Virtual Reality Sculptures Make Any Environment an Installation, Liz Ohanesian, February 28, 2018

Forbes Magazine, This Artist Just Entered the Age of Augmented Reality By Releasing Her Own Mobile App, Kat Mustatea, February 18, 2018

Aesthetica, VR: Redefining Installation, February 16, 2018 

Fast Company, This App Lets you Dive Into The Richness of An Artist’s Studio From Anywhere, Daniel Terdiman, February 1, 2018 

Smithsonian Magazine, These Billboards Could Be the First to Feature Immersive Virtual Reality Drawings, Mika McKinnon, January 18, 2018

Brandstater Gallery, La Sierra University, Catalogue Essay, The Illusion of Control, Camilla Taylor, January 16, 2018

Citizine, Your LA Weekend Guide January 25 – 28, January 24, 2018

LA Confidential, 6 Not-To-Be-Missed Art Happenings in Los Angeles, Gabé Hirschowitz, January 20, 2018 

LA Review of Books, Featured Artist, January 16, 2018 

Art and Cake, Nancy Baker Cahill and Elisa Johns at OCHI Projects, Lorraine Heitzman, March 24, 2017

LA Times, Datebook, Carolina Miranda, March 9, 2017

Peripheral Vision Arts, Surds and Manifestos: The Drawings of Nancy Baker Cahill, Gracie Linden, October 5, 2016

LA Home Magazine, Nancy Baker Cahill, Mark Castellini, Winter/Spring issue, 2016

LA Times Gallery Report, Stitched Paintings, A Shattered Mural, Hidden Heads, Carolina Miranda, May 19, 2015

LA Magazine, Artists Tanya Aguiñiga and Nancy Baker Cahill Exhibit New Work at “SHEvening," Amy Newline Schroeder, May 8, 2015

Artillery Magazine, Shoptalk, Scarlet Cheng, July 30 2015

KCRW, 5 Things to Do this Week, May 11, 2015

LA Times Datebook, Abstract Grids, Honoring An Industrial Designer, Surveillance Art, Carolina Miranda, May 8, 2015 

For Your Art, Recommended Culver City Openings, May 6, 2015

LA Times, Imagery That Skirts Explicit, Christopher Knight, August 16, 2014

One Hundred Percent Rag, Little Death- Petit Mors Jouissance, Sandra Vista, August 2014

Was That a Prick, May Contain Explicit Imagery (catalogue essay), Tucker Neel, 2014

LA Weekly, 5 Artsy Things to Do in LA, by Catherine Wagley, August 14, 2014

KCET Artbound, Drawing Tension With Graphite: Nancy Baker Cahill, Liz Ohanesian, January 24, 2014

Los Angeles Magazine, Car Shows, Katy Perry, Art Exhibits: What’s Going On at the New Vibiana?,Theis Duelund, January 21, 2014

LA Times, Pasadena Museum of California Art observes its 10th anniversary, September 8, 2012

LA I’m Yours, Science, Art and Invaders: Nancy Baker Cahill on her PMCA Installation, Fascinomas, Kirk Fitzpatrick, May 10, 2012

Catalog Essay, Nancy Baker Cahill’s Fascinomas at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Tucker Neel, January 23, 2012

LA Weekly, If Dr. House Were an Artist: ‘Fascinomas’ Turns Diagnosis Into Images at the Pasadena Museum, Kate Gammon, March 14, 2012

Los Angeles Magazine, The Guide: LA-to-Z, Featured Exhibition, March 16, 2012

Los Feliz Ledger, Los Feliz’s Own Nancy Cahill’s Fascinomas at the Museum of California Art, by Kathy A. Macdonald, March 1, 2012

California Homes, Vol. 16, No. 1, Featured Exhibition, February 2012

Pasadena Artbeat, PMCA’s new exhibits engrossing and sometimes gross adult fare, Jana J. Monji, February 5, 2012

Huffington Post Arts Spotlight, ’Exit Wounds’ Exhibition Tells Stories Of Violence And Hope In Los Angeles, April 12, 2011

LA Times, Healing Wounds, Karen Wada, March 13, 2011

Cleveland Scene, Moving Targets: Time and Change at Morgan, by Douglas Max Utter, November 11, 2009

THE Magazine, 17 Artists You Should Know About, Ashley McLean Emenegger, July - August 2009

Craft and Folk Museum Blog, My Petite Bullet Blossoms, May 2009

Molly Barnes’ Interview, Art News Radio Show, KCSN 88.5fm, May, 26, 2008

Artscene, Preview of Exhibitions, Coping Mechanisms, Elenore Welles, May 12, 2007 

Whitehot Magazine Issue #2, Painter Nancy Baker Cahill Speaks on Notions of Gender, April 7, 2007