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Each month, CAA’s Committee on Women in the Arts selects the best in feminist art and scholarship. The following exhibitions and panel discussion should not be missed. Check the CWA Picks archive at the bottom of the page, as several exhibitions listed there are still on view.

August 2010

Hilla Rebay

Hilla Rebay, photographed by Eugene Hutchinson in her Carnegie Hall studio in 1935. Hilla von Rebay Foundation Archive, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, New York (photograph by Eugene Hutchinson and provided by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum)

Hilla Rebay: Art Educator
Sackler Center for Arts Education
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128
January 29–August 22, 2010

Hilla Rebay (1890–1967) was not only an accomplished artist whose work was exhibited across Europe, but she also served as the first director and curator of the Museum of Non-Objective Painting in New York, which then became the Guggenheim Museum. The exhibition Hilla Rebay: Art Educator, fittingly appearing at the museum she once led, highlights her underrecognized role as an innovative art and museum educator. With missionary zeal, Rebay gave talks in the museum and trained her staff on how to interpret the kind of abstract art the museum presented for diverse audiences. On view in the Sackler Center, the Guggenheim’s branch for arts education, are examples and documentation of her approach to pedagogy.

Women Only: Folk Art by Female Hands
American Folk Art Museum
45 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019-5401
April 6–September 19, 2010

Curated by Stacey C. Hollander, Women Only: Folk Art by Female Hands “evokes a girls’ club, a parallel and self-contained art world,” according to Karen Rosenberg in the New York Times. The exhibition, culled from the museum’s permanent collection, features painting, drawing, samplers, quilts, and more by American women of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Artists range from anonymous younger women from colonial and revolutionary times, whose creativity prepared them for life in the home, to the portraitist Deborah Goldsmith, one of the few female painters in the 1800s making a living from her art. The subject matter in Women Only is just as diverse, covering ornamentation and commemoration as well as religion and politics.


3G Summit

“3G Summit: The Future of Girls, Gaming and Gender”
Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media
Columbia College Chicago, Media Production Center Soundstage, 1600 South State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
August 12, 2010

Columbia College Chicago hosts a public forum on Thursday, August 12, 6:00–8:00 PM, as part of “3G Summit: The Future of Girls, Gaming and Gender,” a four-day program of workshops and discussions that will connect fifty teenage girls from the Chicago area with game designers and scholars for intensive dialogue, inquiry, game play, and mentorship. Moderated by the college’s Janell Baxter and Brendan Riley, this free panel features five women at the forefront of gaming theory and practice. Through talks and conversation, they will address intersections of gender equity, technology, digital platforms, and more. Speakers are: Mary Flanagan: artist, scholar, and author of Critical Play; Tracy Fullerton: game designer (Cloud, flOw, The Night Journey), writer, and educator (University of Southern California); Jennifer Jenson: scholar of gender and technology (York University) and game designer (Epidemic and Tafelmusik); Erin Robinson: game designer (Puzzle Bots, Little Girl in Underland, Nanobots); and Susana Ruiz: media artist and game designer (Darfur is Dying, Finding Zoe).

Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities
Museum of International Folk Art
706 Camino Lejo, Museum Hill, Santa Fe, NM 87504
July 4, 2010–January 2, 2011

Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities, guest curated by Suzanne K. Seriff, is the inaugural exhibition at the Museum of International Folk Art’s Gallery of Conscience. Visitors can examine weaving, beadwork, painting, baskets, embroidery, and other traditional folk arts from artists and artisans living and working in Africa, South America, and South and Southeast Asia. The new Gallery of Conscience, according to the museum director Marsha Bol, is “devoted to the examination of issues that threaten the survival of the traditional arts, bringing them to the attention of our visitors.” Empowering Women appears in conjunction with the three-day Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, which took place last month.

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