Duality of Feminine and Feminist
Opening Reception on March 3rd from 6-9 pm
Gallery 66 NY invited artists in a national open call to respond with artworks about what the Duality of Feminine and Feminist means. Endless news cycles emphasize the fragmentary nature of our present society and divided nation.
With this in mind, we asked our artists a number of questions to ponder. How do women deal with how their gender is portrayed in this heavily charged political atmosphere? Should women and society at large be concerned with the manner in which a woman is portrayed as strong/weak, beautiful/ugly, feminine/feminist?< Why are women’s rights under attack? and Is the current political atmosphere an attempt to return to the stereotypical view of women as submissive and passive?
Artist voices in response juried into this exhibit come from across our nation. Artworks were chosen in a thoughtful and respectful process by Artist/Curator Karen Gutfreund, who has a long track record for creating, curating and jurying exhibits on themes of art as activism. In fact, Gutfruend had just finished mounting her 25th major national group exhibition when she agreed to jury our exhibition. Her co-owned company Gutfreund Cornett Art is a curatorial program that specializes in creating exhibitions in venues around the U.S. She is a member of ArtTable, curator for unitewomen.org and the Northern California rep for (The feminist art project).
Artworks in the Duality of Feminine and Feminist exhibit are varied with works on paper, glass, collage, porcelain, photography, painting, fabric, assemblage, appropriated imagery and mixed media, with messages just as varied. Examples include: Sally Edelstein’s collage of appropriated images looks at the ambivalence towards femininity and feminism in the second wave womens movement. Allegra Shunk’s work centers on ideas of emotional narrative and psychological purpose. Shunk’s use of jewelry supplies and fashion textile make the bound body in her work ornamental while retaining its lumps and scars. In Lisa Levart’s Goddess photograph, Leonore Tjia portrays Inanna, the Sumerian Mother Goddess in Mesopotamian mythology. In Tjia’s own healing journey she found that once she released all the shame about who she was as a sexual person and was cleared out, she found many gems: beauty, rawness, passion and intensity. Gail Stouffer’s glass serigraph sculptures respond to the continual struggle for female equality in pay, opportunity, and treatment. Jessica Putnam-Phillips glazed porcelain serving dishes with laser print depicts a female soldier in full combat gear holding a rifle gazing upwards in hope and optimism. Jessica’s serving dishes put a different spin on women serving their country rather than serving dinner.
Artists juried in this exhibit are from across the nation and include works by Torey Akers, Audrey Bernstein, Sally Edelstein, Leslie Fandrich, Morgan Ford Willingham, Colleen Gahrmann, Lucy Julia Hale, Amy Huges, Marie-Laure Ilie, Blond Jenny, Joan Lesikin, Lisa Levart, Sally Ann McKinsey Sisk, Jillian Nalty, Landon Newton, Antonella Piemontese, Jessica Putnam-Phillips, Suzanna Scottt, Samantha Senack, Rosalind Shaffer, Allegra Shunk, Susan Singer, Dafna Steinberg, Gail Stouffer, Terrill Warrenburg, Jennifer Weigel, Galelyn Williams, and Meghan Willis.
Exhibits will be on view March 3, 2017 through April 2, 2017, with an opening reception on
Friday, March 3 from 6-9 pm. The gallery’s regular hours are Friday through Sunday, 12-5 pm.
Gallery 66 is located at 66 Main St., Cold Spring, NY. For more information call 845-809-5838,
Event is free.