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Each month, CAA’s Committee on Women in the Arts singles out the best in feminist art and scholarship from North America and around the world. CWA Picks may include exhibitions, conferences, symposia, panels, lectures, and other events. The following selections should not be missed.

June 2010

Maude Kerns

Maude Kerns, Composition #85 (In and Out of Space), 1951, oil on canvas, 28 × 22 in. Gift of the Estate of Maude I. Kerns, collection of Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene (1969:8.7). (photograph provided by the Whatcom Museum)

Show of Hands: Northwest Women Artists 1880–2010
Whatcom Museum
121 Prospect Street, Bellingham, WA 98225
April 24–August 8, 2010

The exhibition coincides with centennial of women’s suffrage in Washington State. Featuring more than ninety works of art by sixty-three women artists from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, Show of Hands celebrates women’s contributions to the legacy of Northwestern art and examines the myriad talents women of the Northwest have displayed since 1880 through painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, and installation.

Lil Picard and Counterculture New York
Grey Art Gallery
New York University, 100 Washington Square East, New York, NY 10003

April 20–July 10, 2010

Lil Picard and Counterculture New York features over seventy works by a pioneering feminist artist who played varied and acknowledged roles in the New York art world from the 1950s through the 1970s. This first comprehensive exhibition presents paintings, sculptures, drawings, collages, and several landmark installations and performances, as well as photographs, writings, and films. All works are drawn from the collections of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, which organized the show, and from the University of Iowa Libraries, which houses the artist’s extensive papers.

Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography
Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

May 7, 2010–March 21, 2011

Women have expanded the roles of photography during its 170-year history by experimenting with every aspect of the medium. Organized by Roxana Marcoci and Eva Respini, Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography presents a selection of outstanding photographs by women artists, charting the medium’s history from the dawn of the modern period to the present day. Including more than two hundred works, the exhibition features celebrated masterworks and new acquisitions by Diane Arbus, Berenice Abbott, Claude Cahun, Imogen Cunningham, Rineke Dijkstra, Florence Henri, Roni Horn, Nan Goldin, Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Lucia Moholy, Tina Modotti, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, and Carrie Mae Weems, among many others. The exhibition also highlights works drawn from a variety of curatorial departments, including Bottoms, a large-scale Fluxus wallpaper by Yoko Ono.

In Praise of America: Selections from the Sellars Collection of Art by American Women
Huntsville Museum of Art
300 Church Street South, Huntsville, AL 35801

June 13–August 29, 2010

Selected from the museum’s recent acquisition of over four hundred nineteenth- and twentieth-century works of art by American women, this exhibition presents accomplished landscapes, portraits, and genre scenes that celebrate the dramatic scenery, diverse people, and distinctive spirit of our great nation. Bringing a previously unseen facet of art history to life, the Sellars Collection offers a unique opportunity to discover contributions of women artists forged during a period of struggle and little recognition. The largest public collection of its kind, many of the artists represented in the collection studied at major academies, received accolades and awards, and pioneered the way for those who would follow. In Praise of America features approximately forty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper and includes engaging florals, still lifes, portraits, genre scenes, and landscapes reflecting different regions of the United States.

Ayumi Shigematsu

Ayumi Shigematsu, Circuit Tree, 2006, stoneware (artwork © Ayumi Shigematsu; photograph © Hideya Amemiya and provided by International Arts and Artists)

Soaring Voices: Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan
American University Museum
Katzen Arts Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016

June 15–August 15, 2010

Through eighty-six works by twenty-five women artists, this exhibition, organized by International Art and Artists, showcases contemporary interpretations of a traditional art form through a range of motifs inspired from the natural world: plants, shells, mountains, rivers, and the play of light and shadow. Other sources of inspiration for these ceramic vessels can be found in the Noh Theater and kimono patterns of the Edo Period.

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