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The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now

Date: 01/22/2013

Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 AM

Location: Katherine E. Nash Gallery Regis Center for Art (East)

Cost: Free

Description:

The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now

What
Group exhibitions and related public programs that explore the national network of feminist art activity that emerged in the 1970s and changed the course of contemporary art. 

Exhibition Dates
January 22 – February 23, 2013

Exhibition Locations and Hours
Katherine E. Nash Gallery
Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, 612/624-7530
 

Parking available nearby at the 21st Avenue ramp, hourly or event rates apply
Gallery hours are 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

T.R. Anderson Gallery
Wilson Library, Fourth Floor
309 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, 612/624-3321
Parking available nearby at the 21st Avenue ramp, hourly or event rates apply
For hours:
https://www.lib.umn.edu/about/collections/jfb/hours 

Accessibility and Cost
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery and the Wilson Library are wheelchair-accessible. The exhibitions and related public programs are free and open to the public. 

Sponsorship
The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now was organized by the Katherine E. Nash Gallery and is co-sponsored by the Department of Art, the Department of Art History, the Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, the University Libraries, and the Women’s Center with support from the College of Liberal Arts Freshman Research and Creative Awards Program and the Engaged Department Grant Program of the Office for Public Engagement. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Curatorial Team
The exhibition in the Katherine E. Nash Gallery was co-curated by Joyce Lyon, Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting, and Howard Oransky, Director of the Nash Gallery. The exhibition in the T.R. Anderson Gallery was co-curated by Deborah Boudewyns, Arts, Architecture and Landscape Architecture Librarian, and Christina Michelon, M.A. student in the Department of Art History.
 

 

Related Events 

Josephine Lutz Rollins Fellowship Exhibition
January 22 – February 23, 2013 (presented concurrently with The House We Built)
Quarter Gallery
Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota

Josephine Lutz Rollins was one of the first women to join the faculty in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota and her University career spanned nearly 40 years -- from 1927 to 1965. She taught and mentored countless students while helping to establish the study of studio art within the University of Minnesota curriculum. To honor the important legacy of her work as an artist, teacher, and mentor the Lutz Rollins family established the Josephine Lutz Rollins Fellowship in 1990. The fellowship is awarded annually to an outstanding female painter in the graduate program. The exhibition includes approximately 20 artworks by Josephine Lutz Rollins and one or more artworks by the Fellowship artists. All the artworks will be for sale and 100% of the sale proceeds will be donated by the Lutz Rollins family and the fellowship artists to directly benefit the Josephine Lutz Rollins Fellowship Fund. These contributions will enable more outstanding women art students to receive fellowships, assisting in their education and their careers as future artists.

 

 

Raising the Roof: Feminist Art 1970 - 2013

Public Lecture by the artist Harmony Hammond
January 24 at 5:00 pm
Regis Center for Art
Harmony Hammond will show examples of her work and discuss coming of age as an artist in Minneapolis, her participation in New York City feminist art movements of the 70s and 80s, later involvement with feminist art projects in Minnesota, and the state of feminist art today! 

Harmony Hammond is an artist, art writer and independent curator who lives and works in Galisteo, New Mexico. Considered a pioneer of the feminist art movement, she lectures and publishes extensively on painting, feminist art, lesbian art, and the cultural representation of “difference”. She is an alumna of the University of Minnesota and was a co-founder of A.I.R., the first women’s cooperative art gallery in New York and Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art  & Politics. As Professor of Art, she taught at the University of Arizona for seventeen years; currently mentors MFA students at Vermont College; and is a visiting artist at numerous art schools. Hammond has had over 45 solo exhibitions and her work has been shown in many museums nationally and internationally. Recently, her work was included in “WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution” (2007) a major historical survey exhibition that traveled to venues in the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of many museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and she has received fellowships from numerous foundations. Hammond’s groundbreaking book Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History (Rizzoli, 2000) received a Lambda Literary Award and remains the primary text on the subject. Currently she is the Santa Fe Correspondent for Art in America.  

Public Reception
Celebrate the exhibitions with the artists and curators
January 24 at 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Regis Center for Art 

The House We Are Building
Public Panel on the founding of WARM and the of future feminist art networks
January 31 at 7:00 pm
Regis Center for Art

WARM (Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota) celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2013. This public panel will explore the history and future of the feminist art movement in Minnesota. Panelists include: Elizabeth Erickson, a founder of WARM and the Women’s Art Institute; Carole Fisher, a founder of WARM and the Women’s Studio Program at St. Catherine University; Joanna Inglot, Associate Professor and Chair of Art History at Macalester College; Joyce Lyon, a founder of WARM and co-curator of The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now; Bethany Whitehead, President, WARM. 

Researching Feminist Art: Then and Now
February 6 at 4:00 pm
Wilson Library, Fourth Floor

Three University of Minnesota students who received the College of Liberal Arts Freshman Research and Creative Awards Program grant in 2012 conducted research for the exhibition on the artists who founded the feminist art organizations of the 1970s. Madison Sternig, Candace Thooft and Austin Voigt worked with Christina Michelon, M.A. student in the Department of Art History. The students will discuss their experiences conducting curatorial research. 

 

Artists in the Exhibition
Mari Lyn Ampe, Marion Peters Angelica, Ann Aslanidis, Nancy Azara, Lynn Ball, Julia Barkley, Harriet Bart, Jane Bassuk, Sandra Bastien, Terry Genesen Becker, Hazel Belvo, Blythe Bohnen, Claudia Brown, Sally Brown, Carol Lee Chase, Judy Chicago, Anne DeCoster, Mary Beth Edelson, Gabriele Ellertson, Elizabeth Erickson, Carole Fisher, Valerie Frank, Linda Gammell, Cherie Gaulke, Harmony Hammond, Lynn Jermal, Georgiana Kettler, Jacqueline Kielkopf, Vesna Kittelson, Barbara Kreft, Gerd Kreij, Sally Krug, Ellen Lanyon, Joyce Lyon, Susan McDonald, Diane McLeod, Linda McNary, Jean Miller, Lynda Monick-Isenberg, Marty Nash, Patricia Neer, Jenny Nellis, Gayle Novick, Judy Stone Nunneley, Patricia Olson, Quimetta Perle, Howardena Pindell, Cherie Doyle Riesenberg, Faith Ringgold, Dani Roach, Nancy Robinson, Judith Roode, Martha Rosler, Linda Louise Rother, Meridel Rubenstein, Monica Rudquist, Miriam Schapiro, Terry Schupbach-Gordon, Hollis Sigler, Nancy Spero, Jane Starosciak, May Stevens, Athena Tacha, Sandra Menefee Taylor, Jeanne Tremel, Jantje Visscher, Bonnie Wagner, Mary Walker, Jody Williams, Phyllis Wiener  

 

Exhibition Description
The feminist art movements of the 1970s gave focus to an unprecedented explosion of artistic expression and production by women artists across the United States. These artists made history while they were making art. They incorporated new content and approaches into the discourse of art while expanding materials and methods.  Some laid claim to traditionally male-dominated media, some invoked craft forms traditionally associated with women but previously excluded from definitions of art, and some experimented with new technologies. Fueled by anger and shared discoveries, feminist artists introduced into the discourse the range of women’s experiences, from oppression and violence to self realization and empowerment, exploring themes of identity, women’s relationships to self, others, place, nature, and spirit, and the potentials for wiser, inclusive governance.

 

Many of these artists also established new institutions and organizations to encourage and support the work of women artists: galleries, educational programs, publications, and studios. Some of these organizations were hugely influential despite a relatively short life span (for example, the Feminist Art Program at California Institute of the Arts and Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics) while others have continued making significant contributions for forty years or more (for example, A.I.R. Gallery in New York and WARM in Minneapolis).  

The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now fills the 5,000 square foot Katherine E. Nash Gallery and the fourth floor T.R. Anderson Gallery in the Wilson Library with a sampling and survey of some of the artists, themes and organizations that originated, shaped and continue to influence feminist – and mainstream -- art movements in the United States.  The exhibition is historical and contemporary. All the artists included in The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now were involved in the founding of one or more feminist art programs or organizations during the 1970s. While it is not possible for the exhibition to be a complete survey of all artists, organizations or themes associated with the history of the feminist art movements, it celebrates the fortieth anniversary of this important epoch, explores the geographical diversity of the women’s art movements, and locates the Minnesota story within a national context. 

The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now also celebrates the collecting of feminist art in Minnesota by including artworks from the permanent collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Walker Art Center, and the Weisman Art Museum.

Contact:

  • Name: Rachel Kirchgasler
  • E-mail: kirc0110@umn.edu
  • Phone: (612) 624-7900
  • Sponsored by: Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Art, and is co-sponsored by the Department of Art, the Department of Art History, the Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, and the University Libraries with support from the College of Liberal Arts Freshman Research and Creative Awards Program. The exhibition in the Katherine E. Nash Gallery was co-curated by Joyce Lyon, Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting, and Howard Oransky, Director of the Nash Gallery. The exhibition in the T.R. Anderson Gallery was co-curated by Deborah Boudewyns, Arts, Architecture and Landscape Architecture Librarian, and Christina Michelon, M.A. student in the Department of Art History.

Parking:

Parking is available at the 21st Avenue ramp.  Hourly and event rates will apply.

More information: http://nash.umn.edu

Disability Options:

Rachel Kirchgasler
kirc0110@umn.edu
(612) 624-7900

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