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FEATURE | winter 2007

Feminist Art Calendar 2007
A selection of some of the great shows and events that will be happening this year.


Already opened:

To February 24
Agents of Change: Women, Art & Intellect
Ceres Gallery
New York City
Curated by Dr. Leslie King-Hammond, the exhibition identifies founding artists of the feminist art movement as well as artists pushing beyond the borders of feminism.

To February 27
Venus of Willendorf: Redefining the Goddess
Duderstadt Gallery, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Examines contemporary visions of the goddess figure, notions of female beauty, conformity and nonconformity to the norm, and how we are shaped by cultural and personal expectations/definitions of gender and identity, "attractiveness" and body image.

To March 1
Feminist Arts Core Program - Revisited
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at the College of St. Catherine
St. Paul, Minn.
An exhibition to revisit the Feminist Arts core Program initiated at the College in the early 1970's.

To March 3
One True Thing
The Changing Room: Object and Metaphor (work by Daria Dorosh)
A.I.R. Gallery
New York City
A group show and individual artist’s exhibition at the first artist-run, not-for-profit gallery for work by contemporary women, founded in 1972. artists.

To March 10
Alive with Alzheimer's: photography by Cathy Stein Greenblatt
The Bernstein Gallery at The Woodrow Wilson School
Princeton University
Princeton, N.J.
The professor emerita of sociology at Rutgers has produced photo-essays on long-term care and end-of-life care for the dependent elderly. These pictures are positive images of the possibilities for better institutional health care, ranging from facilities in California to Japan, a country she highlights for its enlightened approach to quality care for its aging population.

To March 15
Take 2: Women Revisiting Art History
Mills College Art Museum
Oakland, Calif.
Organized by Janet Bishop, curator of painting and sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the exhibit presents the work of prominent women artists whose artistic strategies include reinventing established art historical conventions. Featured artists: Janine Antoni, Beate Gutschow, Sherrie Levine, Cindy Sherman, Shahzia Sikander, Stephanie Syjuco, Sam Taylor-Wood, Catherine Wagner and Kara Walker.

To March 31
The Moral Museum: Selections from the Bick Archive (Cindy Smith)
Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art & Design
Los Angeles
This multi-media installation by New York artist Cindy Smith begins as a critical examination of Frank Capra's classic 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life and ends as a compelling reflection on the birth and history of the movement for women's rights in America. Smith gives "naughty girl" character Violet Bick, played by Gloria Grahame, a life history that takes her from the film’s Bedford Falls to the real town of Seneca Falls in New York, which Capra used as a model for the location of the movie but was the actual home to Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848.

To April 15
Shadows and Light: Images of Hollyhock House
Hollyhock House Gallery, Barnsdall Park
Los Angeles
An expressionist photo exhibition of Hollyhock House by Carol Bishop, curated by Sara Cannon.

To June 30
Judy Chicago: Jewish Identity
Hebrew Union College
Jewish Institute of Religion Museum
New York, N.Y.
A retrospective of Chicago’s work specifically illuminating her Jewish identity, values, and mission and their influence on her creativity.

To August 19
Judah L. Magnes Museum
Berkeley, Calif.
San Francisco-based artist Berk uses textiles from the Magnes collection as inspiration for her installation exploring the connections between feminism, Jewish culture, minimalism and the 1960s.

To December 16
Paths to the Press: Printmaking and American Women Artists, 1910-1960
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kans.
Surveys the careers of over 100 women printmakers active during the first half of the 20th century.

To December 31
Facing Feminism: Feminists I Know
Online exhibition by Annette Marie Hyder illustrating the many faces of feminism. Each feminist is invited to submit a photo of herself (male feminists can submit as well) and text to express her feminism.

Soon to open:

February 14 to March 30
What F Word?
Cynthia Broan Gallery
New York, N.Y.
Work by 34 artists of all ages that asks the question, "What F Word?" Dedicated to the late art historian Arlene Raven, it includes pieces by Ghada Amer, Patricia Cronin, Nancy Grossman, Rajkamal Kahlon, Barbara Nessim, Lesley Patterson-Marx and May Wilson.

February 17 to March 16
The Looking Glass Lounge
Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
Los Angeles, Calif.
Explores the issue of beauty and its affect on women's self-esteem within an atmospheric installation of embellished mirrors and personalized vanities of popular fictional female characters from various periods.

February 22 to April 21
From the Inside Out: Feminist Art Then & Now
Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery
St. John's University
Queens, N.Y.
Features a broad range of feminist art activity, from the early work of first-generation artists to recent work from contemporary artists. Artist include: Nancy Azara, June Clark, Bea Feitler, Howardena Pindell, Abigail Rubenstein, Miriam Schaer, Mira Schor, Kay WalkingStick and Barbara Zucker.

February 25 to April 15
Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980-2006
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park
Los Angeles, Calif.
Presents work in a broad range of media by a culturally diverse, cross-generational group of 50 artists. Curated by Dextra Frankel.

February 26 to March 30
Home Girls
New Jersey City University
The Visual Arts Gallery
Jersey City, N.J.
Paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and video by emerging and mid-career New York/New Jersey women artists whose work attempts to shed light on issues of family, childhood, domesticity and the house as living space.

February 28 to April 9
Shared Women
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)
Los Angeles, Calif.
Features a dynamic group of young queer feminist lesbian artists. Timed to coincide with WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, LACE will champion another group of young feminists and their fearless art, which explores the broader issues of cultural politics with both wit and intensity.

March 1-10
Exquisite Acts, Everyday Rebellions: Feminist Art Performance Series
Valencia, Calif.
Performances, ranging from one-woman plays to aerobic lessons, will lead up to a symposium on March 10.

March 2-25
The Performing Archive: Restricted Access
18th Street Art Center
Santa Monica, Calif.
In an installation with video and text, artists Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz demonstrate the open-ended inquiry characteristic of Los Angeles conceptual work of the 1970s.

March 4 to July 16
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution
Los Angeles, Calif.
The first comprehensive historical exhibition to examine the international foundations and legacy of feminist art. Includes works from 1965 to 1980 by approximately 100 artists, realized in a broad range of media. (See “Home At Last” in Ms., Winter 2007)

March 5-10
Exquisite Acts & Everyday Rebellions

Valencia, CA
An exhibit of feminist art by students, faculty and alumni of the famed art school.

March 6-31
A.I.R. Gallery 7th Biennial Exhibition
New York City
Curated by Connie Butler, who curated the “Wack” show at MoCA and is curator of prints and drawings at MoMA.

March 12 to April 27
Michigan Collects Ruth Weisberg
Eastern Michigan University
University Art Gallery
Ypsilanti, Mich.
Retrospective documenting the 40-year career of the internationally recognized painter/printmaker. Her work has been called both feminist and Jewish.

March 23 to July 1
Global Feminisms/The Dinner Party
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, N.Y.
A large-scale international survey of contemporary women’s art inaugurates the groundbreaking Sackler Center, which will also be the permanent home of Judy Chicago’s famous installation piece, “The Dinner Party.” Also on display (to September 2) will be “Pharoahs, Queens & Goddesses,” the first in a series of biographical shows presented in tandem with "The Dinner Party." (See “Home at Last” in Ms., Winter 2007.)

March 28 to April 29
Women's Work: An Homage to Feminist Art
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Curated by Cindy Nemser, who published the Feminist Art Journal in the 1970s, the exhibit features artists who first began to get widespread recognition in the 70's, along with younger women artists who wish to honor them because they were influenced by their art or their lives.

April 5 to May 20
Echoes: Women Inspired by Nature
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
Santa Ana, Calif.
Works by 20 Southern California women who deal with environmental issues, including Kim Abeles, Judy Baca, Yaya Chow, Cheri Gaulke, Astrid Preston, Lezley Saar, Linda Vallejo and Miriam Wosk.

April 8 to June 3
How American Women Artists Invented Postmodernism 1970-1975
Morris Museum
Clinton, N.J.
Features work by Judy Chicago, Joan Semmel, Sylvia Sleigh, Joan Snyder, Miriam Schapiro, Joyce Kozloff, Nancy Azara, Lynda Benglis, Carolee Schneemann, Eleanor Antin, Martha Wilson, Rachel Rosenthal, Harmony Hammond, Judy Baca, Faith Ringgold, Mary Beth Edelson, Bettye Saar, Nancy Spero, Athena Tacha and June Wayne.

April 21 to August 19
Martha Rosler: Bringing the War Home
Worcester Art Museum
Worcester, Mass.
Unites Rosler’s earlier Vietnam series (1966-72) with her more recent Iraq series (2004).

June 2 to June 30
Women Artists of Southern California, Then and Now
Track 16 Gallery
Bergamot Art Center
Santa Monica, Calif.
Includes work by June Wayne, Chana Horowitz, Gilah Hirsch, Bruria Finkel, Ann McCoy, Erica Rothenberg, Karen Carson, Robin Mitchell, Ines Jonston, Rachel Rosenthal and Sheila Pinkel.

September 19 to January 27, 2008
The Feminine Mystique
Jersey City Museum
Jersey City, N.J.
Work by contemporary women artists who take up the sort of issues raised by Betty Friedan’s 1963 book The Feminine Mystique, as well as a host of new feminist issues for the early 21st century.

September 21 to January 13, 2008
Georgia O'Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Santa Fe, N.M.

November 1 to January 1, 2008
Claiming Space: The American Feminist Originators
Katzen Arts Center at American University Museum
Washington, D.C.
Focuses on the art of the founders of the feminist art movement in the U.S. in the 1970s, including large-scale works not frequently exhibited because of space limitations.

Lectures and Conferences

March 10
Exquisite Acts and Everyday Rebellions: CalArts Feminist Art Symposium
Valencia, CA
A day-long symposium on the past and present state of feminist art practice, with scheduled panelists and presenters including artists Andrea Bowers (see “Letters From An Army of Three” in Ms., Fall 2006), Mary Kelly, Martha Rosler and Faith Wilding, and “Wack!” exhibit curator Connie Butler (see “Home At Last” in Ms., Winter 2007)

March 12
Martha Rosler Lecture
Los Angeles
Artist Martha Rosler, whose work appears in the “Wack” show, will lecture about her work.

March 17
Gail Levin Lecture
Fresno Art Museum
Fresno, California
The author of a new biography of artist Judy Chicago presents "Chicago in California," about Chicago's experience starting the very first feminist art class at Fresno State College in 1970.

February 15
College Art Association (CAA) Distinguished Scholar Session Honoring Linda Nochlin
Hilton Hotel
New York City
The discussion is part of the CAA’s annual conference; art historian Nochlin is co-curator of the “Global Feminisms” show at the Brooklyn Museum (see “Home At Last” in Ms., Winter 2007).

February 16
Feminist Art in Southern California
Hilton Hotel
New York City
Another CAA panel, moderated by Betty Ann Brown, with presentations by Cheri Gaulke, Stacy Schultz and Marlena Donohue.

February 17
TheFeministArtProject Panels at CAA 2007
Hilton Hotel
New York City
A full day of CAA panels related to the Feminist Art Project, including such topics "Are We There Yet? The Status and Impact of Second- and Third-Wave Feminism, Women's Art, the Women's Art Movement, and 'Feminist Art';" "Feminism, Women, and Museum;" "As the Feminine Became Public (or) Regendering Public Art;" "Occupying Our Hearts: Performing Self-Transformation through Feminist Art," and "Life of the Mind, Life of the Market: A Reevaluation of the Contribution of Theory to Feminist Art from 1980 to 2006."

February 17
Art Partners: The Erotics of Collaboration
Feb 17, 2007 to Feb 17, 2007
Hilton Hotel
New York City
A CAA panel sponsored by the Queer Caucus for Art, exploring artistic production as a collaborative process. Participants include Kim Anno, Finger in the Dyke Productions, Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe and LTTR collective members Ulrike Mueller and Ginger Takahashi.

March 18
Revealed: Women, Art, Life, Success
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery,
Barnsdall Park
Panel discussion features artists, art historians, critics, curators and educators speaking about their lives and experiences in the feminist art movement.