A Feminist Sculptor’s Stunning Memorial to 9/11

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Why are her eyes closed? Why are her palms turned inward? The figure seems to possess superhuman power, stopping the jet-bombs with her hands. But this sculpture is not a cartoon fantasy; it is a memorial that invites contemplation and fills the viewer with comfort, remembrance and inspiration. Perhaps her eyes are closed in prayer, […]

Let Them Eat Cake


On first sight, it’s pretty clear why Afro-Swedish male artist Makode Linde‘s performance art piece “Painful Cake,” which premiered at Sweden’s Moderna Museet for World Art Day last week, struck many people as just plain wrong. The performance featured a black-iced cake in a caricature of an African woman’s torso, complete with protuberant breasts and […]

Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze

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“Men act and women appear. Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at,” art critic John Berger famously observed. Now some feminist artists are turning the tables in a new exhibit, Man as Object: Reversing the Gaze: With a gallery filled with men stripped naked this body of work exposes women’s cheeky, provocative […]

Feminist Art Does It in Public


The exhibit “Doin’ It in Public: Feminism and Art at The Woman’s Building,” opens tomorrow afternoon, October 1, in Los Angeles (and continues through January 28, 2012). Here’s a remembrance of the famed feminist cultural center from someone who was there: A young woman artist, Jazzmin Meins, entered the large room on roller skates, her […]

If Men Could Menstruate …

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The Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) current exhibit, Talk to Me: Design and the Communication between People and Objects, in New York, concerns itself with the communication between people and things, featuring objects that have a “direct interaction” with their users. One object with a very direct interaction should be particularly intriguing to feminists: the […]

Eternal Portrait of a Lesbian Marriage


Tomorrow, in Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, artist Patricia Cronin will once again celebrate her future death and that of her longtime partner and fellow artist, Deborah Kass. Back in 2002, she unveiled a marble funerary sculpture there called “Memorial to a Marriage,” which portrayed she and Kass lying naked and entwined in each others’ arms. […]

Women Street Artists Break Into the Boy’s Club of Graffiti Art


Some of the best work in Art in the Streets, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles’ graffiti extravaganza, was made by women. Swoon’s towering white and silver Ice Queen manages to be delicate and unapologetically muscular at the same time. Lady Pink’s canvases feature good looking but ungainly female figures painted in a […]

We Heart: “Nerdy Misanthrope” Using His Art to Aid Cheerleader


If you’ve been following the case of Texas cheerleader Hillaire S., who was assaulted at a party by star athlete Rakheem Bolton and then kicked off the cheerleading squad for refusing to chant, “two, four, six, eight, ten, come on Rakheem, put it in” (see the Ms. Blog coverage of the case here, here, here, and […]

!Women Art Revolution!


Marcia Tucker, founder of the New Museum in New York City, recalled her interview for her previous curatorial job at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1969 thusly: I said ‘Let me tell you why you don’t want to hire a woman. First, no man will ever be able to work for me. Second, we […]

Artist Challenges How Women Are Shamed About Eating


Growing up in America, we learn that sweets and junk food are “guilty pleasures.” Women, especially, are supposed to refrain from such indulgences. And, if they cannot—if they, for example, desire more than that modest slice of cake served to each birthday guest—then they should feel not only guilt, but shame. For overindulging is grotesque […]