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WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution

Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Oct 4, 2008 – Jan 11, 2009

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Abakan Red

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Abakan Red (1969), sisal and mixed media [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 4-Jan 11] Courtesy of the National Museum in Wroclaw. PHOTO COURTESY OF MAGDALENA ABAKANOWICZ

Helena Almeida, Pintura Habitada (1975), photograph with acrylic paint [Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Oct 4-Jan 11, 2009]

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution is a major exhibition of feminist-inspired art created between 1965-1980. Organized the by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the show is described as the first comprehensive, international museum survey illuminating the profound impact of feminism on art. The Canadian premiere in Vancouver is showcased on two floors of the Vancouver Art Gallery and includes the work of 120 artists from 22 countries, plus additional works selected by VAG curator Daina Augaitis.

Early feminist artists revealed the potential of contemporary art as a tool of political activism and social change. Through painting, sculpture, photography, film, video and performance art, they explored the body, notions of gender, personal narratives, family histories and narratives of subjugation. The exhibition is divided into 18 thematic areas based on genre, medium, representation, formal concerns, collective aesthetic and political impulses.

Included are works by groundbreaking artists Marina Abramovic, Chantal Akerman, Eleanor Antin, Judith Baca, Louise Bourgeois, Judy Chicago, Lygia Clark, Kate Craig, Gathie Falk, Vera Frenkel, Yayoi Kusama, Suzy Lake, Liz Magor, Ana Mendieta, Yoko Ono, Ulrike Ottinger, Adrian Piper, Yvonne Rainer, Martha Rosler, Miriam Schapiro, Carolee Schneemann, Katharina Sieverding, Nancy Spero, Lisa Steele, Joyce Wieland and Hannah Wilke.

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution was curated by Connie Butler, the Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.


Mia Johnson

 Tue, Sep 9, 2008