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The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now

Date: 02/08/2013

Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 AM

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

Cost: Free


The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now
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 

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

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 

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.

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 tproduction 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. 

Katherine E. Nash Gallery Mission
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is a research laboratory for the practice and interpretation of the visual arts. We believe the visual arts have the capacity to interpret, critique and expand on all of human experience. Our engagement with the visual arts helps us to discover who we are and understand our relationships to each other and society. The Katherine E. Nash Gallery will be a center of discourse on the practice of visual art and its relationship to culture and community -- a place where we examine our assumptions about the past and suggest possibilities for the future. The Nash Gallery will play an indispensible role in the educational development of students, faculty, staff and the community. http://nash.umn.edu/

University Libraries Mission
Wilson Library is dedicated to arts, humanities and social sciences collections that are part of a 5 million volume campus-wide computerized library system, incorporating over 40 libraries as well as an interlibrary loan system which extends internationally. Exhibitions at the library connect local and larger communities, while connecting artistic explorations with the collections. The award-winning University of Minnesota Libraries are open to the public. With millions of titles available in our general collections and treasures held by our archives and special collections, we are among the University’s and the state’s greatest intellectual assets. https://www.lib.umn.edu/wilson


  • Name: Rachel Kirchgasler
  • E-mail: kirc0110@umn.edu
  • Phone: (612) 624-7900
  • Sponsored by: Art, Katherine E. Nash Gallery


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

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

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Rachel Kirchgasler, Department of Art, kirc0110@umn.edu, (612) 624-7900.

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