Works by Liz Linden & Jen Kennedy @ BRASS IN POCKET, Booklyn Artists Alliance
Curators Aimee Lusty and Kate Wadkins seek submissions for a feminist art zine to be released at the close of BRASS IN POCKET, a group show which opened Friday, September 13, 2013 and continues through October 27th at Booklyn Artists Alliance.
The zine seeks to represent contemporary feminist artists who explore new possibilities in their respective media, producing work that breaks conventional boundaries in terms of subject and process. The zine also aims to challenge and play on traditional notions of “feminist art.” This is Booklyn Art Gallery’s third open call for submissions for a collaborative zine published in tandem with the gallery’s programming.
Submissions will be accepted in two sizes, 8.5 x 5.5 inches, or 8.5 x 7.5 inches. All submissions should be black and white, at 300dpi. The deadline for submissions has been extended to October 20, 2013. Please send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery has announced their call for fellowship applications, deadline March 1st. The gallery supports the work of women artists through exhibitions and public programming. All women artists working in any medium are welcome to apply.
The gallery is also teaming up with the Feminist Art Project (TPAF) and the College Art Association Annual Conference 2013 to present two events next month! Below are the details for an exciting weekend of events dedicated to feminism and art.
February 16 @ The Brooklyn Museum – Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium TPAF@CAA Day of Panels
10am – 5:30pm // free and open to the public
Organized by Catherine Morris, Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.
The event features an impressive roster of artists, curators and critics in conversation surrounding feminism within art institutions, their archival practices, and more.
The symposium will focus on the intersections of feminist and institutional practices, asking how institutions have integrated feminist perspectives into their long term curatorial, collections, and programmatic objectives. Sessions will examine how the museum as a quasi-public space has and continues to negotiate representations of sexuality and gender; how institutions can be “queered” to become more inclusive and less normative, and how feminism may impact institutions in the long term through collection plans and mission statements. There will be a special focus on the role of the institutional archive as a platform particularly conducive to a feminist voice.
Performance by Aphrodite Navab followed by a discussion moderated by Kathleen Wentrack. Speakers: Aphrodite Desiree Navab, Kathleen Wentrack, and others.
In conjunction with Soho20’s Women Redrawing the World Stage exhibition.
A groundbreaking installation by women of African descent, Asian, White, Latina and Native American women intentionally scheduled to open on the eve of the 4th of July at the Museum of Women’s Resistance (MoWRe) at Black Women’s Blueprint.
The installation features a series of photo images capturing historical and contemporary sexist and racist constructions of female sexuality in America that perpetuate rape culture, the violation of bodily integrity, violation of rights, and reinforce messages that the denigration of the female body is permissible. The installation juxtaposes narratives from various cultures in America, highlighting complex differences as well as similarities between women’s struggles against sexualized violence, educating the public about the ways in which women have mounted personal, collective and political resistance against it.
Presented by Black Women’s Blueprint In Collaboration with: AF3IRM, Since Combahee, Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa (Monsoon), National Organization of Asian Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence (NAPIESV). Specialized tours are offered for youth 12 and over. More details here.
a group show featuring Suzy Exposito / Molly Fair / Kim Funk / Kathleen Hanna J. Morrison / Adee Roberson / Gabby Schulz
Curated by Kate Wadkins + Lauren Denitzio, BIG MOUTH: contemporary voices in feminist art + illustration is a platform for unpopular visual opinions. Feminist movements have historically grown out of interventions within radical communities in the face of silence, anger, and often, violence. Still, these conflicts and contentions are fought with the utmost passion and humor in hopes for a radical resolution. BIG MOUTH illustrates the ever-evolving search for feminist/queer identities and communities. This group show places feminist narratives at the center of radical art-making, where often our voices are poorly represented or left out altogether. BIG MOUTH is a celebration of our pluralism, our goofiness, and a proclamation of defiant love.
The fire escape outside of my kitchen window serves as a meeting ground for Mourning Doves, where they sit and sing their ooAAH cooo coo coo requiem for me while I drink my coffee or work on some writing. It’s our morning routine. Or rather, our mourning routine. Anyway, today when I sat down to write this blog post, I put on Molly Allis’s new album “Pilgrim.” One of the doves, a regular who I’ve been studying the past few mornings, hopped on the window sill and looked at me with one black beady eye shadowed in baby blue. I turned the music up and she stared right back at me and sang out. Now, I don’t mean to get all woo-woo on you or anything, but I’m pretty sure she was singing along to these jams!
“Pilgrim” is a concept album that tells the story of a girl journeying to the kingdom of the heart and, in the process, learns about healing herself and others around her (and isn’t this what we’re all working towards?) Molly uses a variety of instruments to tell this charming story, and does so beautifully. My favorite tracks include “The Void,” “Death/Sunrise” and “Oh, Great Mother!” The music swells in and out; louder drum-driven songs melt into the quiet of violins and banjos while Molly’s voice remains a powerful and consistent force. The journey, you see, will always be one of ups and downs.
You can listen to and/or buy “Pilgrim” on Molly’s website here!
Molly is not only a musician, but also a puppeteer and animator. Here is a gorgeous stop animation film she created, “Pilgrim, Your Heart Is a Ball of Light,” filled with lots of winged creatures, so you know we at For The Birds are loving it:
Presented in conjunction with their publication Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) hosted a symposium last Friday on Art Institutions and Feminist Politics Now. Through multiple presentations and panel discussions, artists and curators of various specialties started to examine what effect feminist politics and gender specifically have in their work and curatorial practice. They discussed the political impact of their curatorial choices as feminists, along with the extent to which certain feminist and queer images are silenced within larger art institutions (museums, biennales, art fairs, etc.).
Notable participants included curators Camille Morineau (Musee national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris) Ivet Curlin (What, How & for Whom Collective, Croatia) Catherine Lord (author of the forthcoming Art and Queer Culture, 1885-2005), and Connie Butler (Chief Curator of Drawings at MoMA) along with artist Sonia Khurana, and author Michelle Wallace, among others. Continue reading →
Last week I went to an event at Bluestockings, a radical bookstore in lower Manhattan, for the book Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today, based on a traveling exhibition of amazing protest art. A group of artists included in the book gathered to share their thoughts on making art to promote social justice and global equity. Despite being a broad survey of issues and voices (the book is incredible), the topics of sexism, reproductive rights, sexual assault, patriarchy, and other similar issues were not very prominent among these images.
While certainly contemporary printmaking addressing these issues does exist, even a recent exhibition of feminist work from The Center for the Study of Political Graphics lacks a significant recent feminist voice, as most of the work is from prior to 1990. Their collection, Reclaiming the F-word, contains posters addressing so many feminist issues that are still pertinent today, yet most of them weren’t created in the past two decades.
While certain issues may not be as prominent in activist printmaking as they previously were, there are a host of female-identified artists who are using their work, in anywhere from traditional printmaking to flyers and other illustrations, to continue confronting feminist issues in an accessible way.
Just Seeds Collective members such as Kristine Virsis, Favianna Rodriguez, Meredith Stern and Melanie Cervantes, use their prints to address the role of women within resistance movements. Others like For the Birds friends and collaborators Cristy Road and Caroline Paquita are using their art and illustration to tackle gender, sex, and queerness, among other topics. These are just a few of the women I know of who are currently creating accessible feminist art. It would also seem that with a current strengthening of DIY feminist zine culture, there would be a surge in similar image making as well. I’m looking forward to exploring these topics and posting more often about current feminist visual resistance.
In other For the Birds friend-art news, Tamara Waite-SaintIbanez, who designed last year’s Big She Bang poster, has a solo printed sculpture show coming up in March! Check out the flyer for details.