The exhibition, A “Womanhouse” or a Roaming House? “A Room of One’s Own” Today,” curated by Mira Schor at A.I.R. Gallery references the 1972 “Womanhouse” project by Miriam Schapiro and Judy Chicago in Hollywood, California.
During the 1972 project Schapiro and Chicago, co-founders of the CalArts Feminist Art Program, gave each of the artists a room of her own in which to make or perform bringing to fruition some of the first pieces of installation art and feminist performative art-making.
Mira Schor asked artists to consider “What is the space necessary for an artist to make art in and for whom? Rather than a “Womanhouse” ought we now to envision a Rooming House or a Roaming House? What are the implications of the gendering of space, who owns domestic space, and is creativity more a private pursuit or a public one?”
Julie Schenkelberg‘s piece, Dowery Rediscovered, included in this exhibition is just a small sampling of a larger body of work that would have fit right in with the original ‘Womanhouse.” Thanks to Schor for introducing us to these artists- especially Schenkelberg whose work owns every bit of space it occupies. Check out images (below) of Schenkelberg’s past installations. While these pieces are not included in “Womanhouse”or a Roaming House?“the material saturation of these pieces are especially gorgeous.
January 9 – February 2, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 9th , 2014, 6-9pm
Video Screening: Saturday, January 18th, 2014, 3-5: 30pm
Panel Discussion: Saturday, February 1st, 2014, 4-6pm
Artists : Irina Arnaut, Sharon Louise Barnes, Kimberly Brooks, Pauline Chernichaw, Jacintha Clark, Marcia Cooper, Laura Crosby, Amy Finkbeiner, Parisa Ghaderi, Marita Gootee, Marcie Hancock, Nancy Grace Horton, Sara Jimenez, Jeanne Jo, Natanya Khashan, Alex McQuilkin, Lucy Meskill, Megan Mette, Dawn Nye, Kalena Patton, Dominique Paul, Katrazyna Randall, Kaitlynn Redell, Kara L. Rooney, Caitlin Rueter, Julie Schenkelberg, Hayley Severns, Virginia Claire Sprance, M. Louise Stanley, Evelin Stermitz, Robin Tewes, Gwenn Thomas, Marianne Van Den Bergh, Rebecca Volinsky, Angela Rose Voulgarelis, Jen Waters, Sasha Wortzel, Jayoung Yoon, Nancy Youdelman, Lu Zhang
About the Curator: Mira Schor is a painter and writer living in New York City. Her paintings combine visual pleasure and painterly craft with philosophical, existential, and political concerns within intimate painterly cartoons , furthering her interest in narrativity and autobiography within a political and conceptual field. She received her MFA from CalArts and has been the recipient of awards in painting from the Guggenheim, Marie Walsh Sharpe, and Pollock Krasner Foundations, as well as the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism and a Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. She is the author of A Decade of Negative Thinking : Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life and the blog A Year of Positive Thinking, as well as the author of Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture and the co editor, with Susan Bee, of M/E/A/N/I/N/G.
A.I.R. Gallery is located at 111 Front Street, # 228 in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn.
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