Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Art and the Feminist Revolution

Image: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Red Abakan, 1969, sisal and mixed media.

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution
Vancouver Art Gallery, through 11 January 2009
Curator: Connie Butler

Few social movements more profoundly marked the end of the last century than feminism. In the space of a generation, feminism transformed social relations, personal identities, and institutional structures. While many of feminism's victories were hard-won and, indeed, remain contested, it is difficult to overstate the movement's impact. The feminist revolution in art was no less radical and transformative than the social movement from which it drew strength. The very terms of current artistic practice are made possible in numerous respects by the groundbreaking works produced by feminist artists in the 1960s and 70s. However, while the social impact of the feminist movement is broadly recognized, the extraordinary contributions of feminism in art are considerably less understood and appreciated... 

"WACK!" offers the first international survey of a remarkable body of work that emerged from the dynamic relationship between art and feminism in and around the 1970s and includes 119 artists representing twenty-one different countries. -- Jeremy Strick, Director VAG

A salute to my mother. She would have been 93 today.