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Each month, CAA’s Committee on Women in the Arts selects the best in feminist art and scholarship. The following panels and exhibitions 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.

February 2011

Lorna Simpson: Gathered
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
January 28–August 14, 2011

Lorna Simpson first received critical recognition in the mid-1980s for a series of large-scale works using photography and text to confront and challenge conventional interpretations of gender, identity, culture, history, and memory. Her most recent museum show, Lorna Simpson: Gathered, continues this approach with a series of photographs and a photographic installation created since her retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2007.

Feminist Art Project

TFAP@CAA Day of Panels
Feminist Art Project
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
February 12, 2011

For the sixth year in a row, the Feminist Art Project has organized a series of special events in conjunction with CAA’s Annual Conference. Free and open to the public, the TFAP@CAA Day of Panels will bring together artists, art historians, curators, and critics for dialogues on four topics: “The Problem of Feminist Form,” “Institutions and their Feminist Discontents,” “The Erotics of Feminism,” and “Feminism, Art, and War.” Also on the agenda are two conversations: the artist Zoe Leonard talks to Huey Copeland of Northwestern University; and Ayreen Anastas of Pratt Institute will converse with Jaleh Mansoor of Ohio University.

“Sonic Art and Activism: Exploring the Ties between Feminist Art and Popular Music”
Feminist Art Project
Soho20 Chelsea Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, Suite 301, New York, NY 10001
February 13, 2011

Taking place on Sunday afternoon, 1:00–3:00 PM, this Feminist Art Project–sponsored panel comprises artists and musicians who will discuss the myriad connections between contemporary feminist art and popular music. Organized and moderated by Kat Griefen and Maria Elena Buszek, member of CAA’ Committee on Women in the Arts, the panel features Damali Abrams, Kathleen Hanna, Lorraine O’Grady, and Shizu Saldamando.

Joan Snyder

Invitation card for Joan Snyder/Intimate Works showing Study for Ancient Night Sounds (1984–85) and Lovers (1989)

Joan Snyder/Intimate Works
Mabel Smith Douglass Library Galleries
Rutgers University, 8 Chapel Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
January 17, 2011–June 5, 2011

As the 2010–11 Estelle Lebowitz Visiting Artist in Residence, Joan Snyder has spent the last few months at Rutgers University giving classes and public lectures. The forty-five small paintings in this exhibition, mounted in the Rutgers University Library, show how her work has developed over the past four decades. The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has selected Joan Snyder/Intimate Works as part of the American Masterpieces Series in New Jersey. The exhibition also runs concurrently with Dancing with the Dark: Joan Snyder Prints 1963–2010 (January 29–May 29, 2011) at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers.

Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women, and Art
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602
January 22–April 13, 2011

Organized by Art Works for Change and curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg, Off the Beaten Path contains works by thirty-two artists—including Marina Abramović, Laylah Ali, and Yoko Ono—that address violence against women and the right of girls and women to have safe and secure lives. The exhibition was first shown in 2009 in Oslo, Norway, and will travel internationally through 2014

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