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FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE OF THE 1970s
WORKS FROM THE VERBUND COLLECTION

The Photographers’ Gallery
16 – 18 Ramillies St
London W1F 7LW

7 Oct–15 Jan 2017

Feminist Avant–Garde of the 1970s, an expansive exhibition comprising forty-eight international female artists and over 150 major works from the VERBUND COLLECTION in Vienna.

The exhibition highlights groundbreaking practices that shaped the feminist art movement and provides a timely reminder of the wide impact of a generation of artists. Alongside established practitioners such as VALIE EXPORT, Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman and Martha Rosler, the exhibition also provides a rare opportunity to discover the influential work of artists including Katalin Ladik, Nil Yalter, Birgit Jürgenssen and Sanja Iveković. Curator Gabriele Schor coined the term Feminist Avant-Garde to underline the pioneering achievements of these artists.

Focusing on photographs, collage works, performances, films and videos produced throughout the 1970s, the exhibition reflects a moment during which practices of emancipation, gender equality and civil rights protest movements became part of public discourse.

Operating across the public and personal realms – as well as using their own bodies as central motifs – these artists sought to address broad political issues and confront patriarchy and sexism in art and society. In doing so they created new, positively assertive female identities.

Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s is co-curated by Gabriele Schor, VERBUND COLLECTIONand Anna Dannemann, The Photographers’ Gallery.

Exhibiting 48 artists

Helena Almeida (b. 1934, Portugal), Eleanor Antin (b. 1935, USA), Anneke Barger, (b. 1939, NL), Lynda Benglis (b. 1941, USA), Judith Bernstein (b. 1942, USA), Renate Bertlmann (b. 1943, Austria), Teresa Burga (b. 1935, Peru), Marcella Campagnano (b. 1941, IT), Judy Chicago (b. 1939, USA), Linda Christanell (b. 1939, Austria), Lili Dujourie (b. 1941, Belgium), Mary Beth Edelson (b. 1933, USA), Renate Eisenegger (b. 1949, Germany), VALIE EXPORT (b. 1940, Austria), Esther Ferrer (b. 1937, Estland), Lynn Hershman Leeson (b. 1941, USA), Alexis Hunter (1948-2014, USA), Sanja Iveković (b. 1949, Croatia), Birgit Jürgenssen (1949-2003, Austria), Kirsten Justesen (b. 1943, Denmark), Ketty La Rocca (1938-1976, Italy), Leslie Labowitz (b. 1946, USA), Katalin Ladik (b. 1942, Serbia), Brigitte Lang (b. 1953, Austria), Suzanne Lacy (b. 1945, USA), Suzy Lake (b. 1947, USA), Karin Mack (b. 1940, Austria), Ana Mendieta (1948-1985, Cuba/USA), Rita Myers (b. 1947,USA), Lorraine O’Grady (b. 1934, USA), ORLAN (b. 1944, France), Gina Pane (1939-1990, France), Letítia Parente (1930-1991, Brazil), Ewa Partum (b. 1945, Poland), Friederike Pezold (b. 1945, Austria), Margot Pilz (b. 1936, The Netherlands) , Ulrike Rosenbach (b. 1943, Germany), Martha Rosler (b. 1943, USA), Suzanne Santoro (b. 1946, USA), Carolee Schneemann (b. 1939, USA), Lydia Schouten (b. 1955, The Netherlands), Cindy Sherman (b. 1954, USA), Penny Slinger (b. 1947, UK), Annegret Soltau (b. 1946, Germany), Hannah Wilke (1940-1993, USA), Martha Wilson (b. 1947, USA), Francesca Woodman (1958-1981, USA), Nil Yalter (b. 1938, Turkey).

 

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ENACTING STILLNESS EXHIBITION AT THE 8TH FLOOR

The Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation
17 West 17th St, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10011

September 21, 2016 to January 13, 2017

Enacting Stillness is an exhibition that considers the political potential of slowing down and stopping as forms of resistance, protest, and refusal. An international group of artists in the exhibition engage in practices that challenge and upend our expectations for the continuity of performative compositions, lines of movement, and thought. Working with the disciplines of choreography, theater, moving image, sculpture and performance, the exhibition presents a multivalent reflection on political histories from the Americas to Europe and Asia, with projects that employ a range of gestures and time-based practices to question what unexpected ruptures like meditation, contemplation, rest, and the reversing of movement and time might mean to both the artist and the viewer. The exhibition will be on view September 21, 2016 to January 13, 2017 at The 8th Floor, the exhibition and programming space for The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, located at 17 West 17th Street, New York City.

Enacting Stillness features artists John Ahearn, Rehan Ansari, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Brendan Fernandes, Alicia Grullón, Yoko Inoue, Joan Jonas, Claudia Joskowicz, Kirsten Justesen, Kimsooja, Carlos Martiel, Bruce Nauman, Clifford Owens, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Emily Roysdon, and Roman Štětina. Together, the artists in this exhibition reveal the parallel connections between art and political engagement, between stillness and activation. Each of the artists works with an economy of means to test the limits of performance – for the performer, the viewer, and the participant – provoking us to question how our own positions, whether still or in motion, connect to larger social and political concerns.