Committee on Women in the Arts
Each month, CAA’s Committee on Women in the Arts selects the best in feminist art and scholarship. The following exhibitions and events should not be missed. Check the archive of CWA Picks at the bottom of the page, as several museum and gallery shows listed in previous months may still be on view or touring.
Furniture Divas: Recent Work by Contemporary Makers
Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301
February 19–October 30, 2011
This exhibition celebrates the contributions of fifteen women—Vivian Beer, Polly Cassel, Gail Fredell, Jenna Goldberg, Barbara Holmes, Kristina Madsen, Sarah Martin, Wendy Maruyama, Judy Kensley McKie, Alison McLennan, Sylvie Rosenthal, Rosanne Somerson, Wendy Stayman, Leah Woods, and Yoko Zeltserman-Miyaji—to studio furniture and provides a snapshot of contemporary developments in the field.
Call and Response: From Artemisia to Frida
Koehnline Museum of Art
Oakton Community College, 1600 East Golf Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
October 6–28, 2011
This annual juried exhibition of works by artists who identify themselves as women is sponsored by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program of Oakton Community College and the Koehnline Museum of Art. The artists in Call and Response have created works that honor, critique, or expand on the techniques and/or content of a groundbreaking female artist.
Charline von Heyl
Institute of Contemporary Art
University of Pennsylvania, 118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
September 7, 2011–February 19, 2012
This exhibition is a survey of a decade of productivity by Charline von Heyl, a German-born, New York–based painter of vibrant, enigmatic works. Organized by Jenelle Porter, senior curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the presentation includes collage-based works on paper and eighteen paintings.
Douglass Library Galleries
Rutgers University, 8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
September 1–December 9, 2011
The Brainstormers art collective was formed in 2005 by a group of women who chose to use public performance, exhibitions, publications, the internet, and video as a means of forcing a discussion about gender inequities in the contemporary New York art world. For Real Time, the group invited artists from across the country to anonymously share intimate details of their daily lives through whatever format they preferred.
Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Eighth and F Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
October 14, 2011–January 22, 2012
With more than fifty artifacts from Gertrude Stein’s life and one hundred works by artists from Europe and the United States, the exhibition focuses on her life and work as an artist, collector, and style maker. The exhibition was previously mounted at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, California, and was a CWA Pick in July–August 2011.
Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels
Neuberger Museum of Art
Purchase College, State University of New York, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577
September 25–December 18, 2011
As the recipient of the 2011 Roy R. Neuberger Exhibition Prize, the Brooklyn-based artist Dana Schutz was awarded an early career survey and monographic catalogue at the Neuberger Museum of Art. The show includes thirty paintings and twelve drawings created since 2001.
Doin’ It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building
Ben Maltz Gallery
Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045
October 1, 2011–January 28, 2012
As part of the sweeping Pacific Standard Time, a series of exhibitions and events that surveys the history of art in southern California since the end of World War II, Doin’ It in Public focuses on the contributions of feminist artists who came from the women’s liberation movement to found the Woman’s Building, which in the 1970s and 1980s was the center of feminist art and activism in southern California. Otis College of Art and Design is also sponsoring a symposium, “Still Doin’ It: Fanning the Flames of the Woman’s Building,” on October 15–16, which will bring together participants from the Woman’s Building and emerging feminists to instigate dialogue concerning its history and influence.
A Different Temporality: Aspects of Feminist Art Practice in Australia, 1975–1985
Monash University Museum of Art
Monash University, Caulfield Campus, 900 Dandenong Road, Building F, Ground Floor, Caulfield East, VIC 3145, Australia
October 13–December 17, 2011
This exhibition, curated by Kyra McFarlane, revisits the recent history of Australian feminism to focus on dominant modes of creative practice among a generation of feminist artists. Presented in association with the Melbourne Festival, A Different Temporality is organized around the principle of feminist “forms and ideas which continue to resonate in the present.”
Harmony Hammond: Against Seamlessness
Dwight Hackett Projects
2879 All Trades Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507
October 15–November 26, 2011
The legendary artist Harmony Hammond shows her latest work, a series of monumental abstract paintings that explore in new ways what many consider her signature, sculptural sensuality. An accompanying catalogue with essays by Tirza True Latimer and Julia Bryan-Wilson addresses the artist’s relationship with Minimalism, abstraction, feminism, craft, and process.
Archived CWA Picks
Browse past CWA Picks, which are archived by month.