Guerrilla Girls Headline Event at Bruce Museum for Exhibition 'Her Crowd: New Art by Women'

  • GREENWICH, Connecticut
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  • December 01, 2016

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Alessandra Expósito (American, b. 1970) Trixie, 2006. Mixed media on chicken skull, 3 x 1 x 2 ¼ in. Collection of David and Sandra Joys. Photo by Paul Mutino

The feminist artist-activists, Guerrilla Girls, come to Greenwich, CT., on Wednesday, Dec. 7, for a ticketed event at the Bruce Museum.

“Protecting their individual identities by wearing gorilla masks, the anonymous Guerrilla Girls use facts, humor and outrageous visuals to expose sexism, racism and corruption in politics, art, film and pop culture,” the museum announced.

A dinner, talk and after-party during the Guerrilla Girls visit will be held at the Bruce Museum, which is showing through January 2, 2017, the exhibition Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections.

Only yesterday, it seems, one was hard-pressed to name more than a handful of successful women artists; now the list would be extensive, and the choices rich and varied. Although numerous recent exhibitions have featured women’s art, the collecting of art created by women has received scant attention. In fact, private collections are in the process of being dramatically transformed, shifting to focus on contemporary artists, women in particular.

Greenwich and the nearby communities in Fairfield and Westchester counties are home to a number of the finest contemporary collections, and thus to some of the most exciting art by women being made today. Her Crowd will offer the rare opportunity to see what some of America’s most influential collectors of contemporary art consider beautiful, important, and compelling. Themes specific to women continue to be of significance: motherhood, food, sexuality; beauty and its discontents; stereotypes of femininity and their undoing; intersections of gender and race.

Jenny Saville, The Mothers, 2011. Oil and charcoal on canvas, 106 5/16 x 86 5/8 in. Collection of Lisa and Steven Tananbaum. © Jenny Saville Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery

Equally important for Her Crowd is the current powerful resurgence of abstraction in its myriad forms: minimalist patterning, expressive mark-making, and painterly exuberance. Many artists represented in the show traffic in unexpected collisions: of the second and third dimension, of the carefully crafted and the found object, of the concrete and the immaterial. Running the gamut from established figures to brilliant newcomers, the exhibition includes remarkable work by Yayoi Kusama, Kiki Smith, Betye Saar, Annie Lapin, Margaret Lee, Carol Bove, Dana Schutz, Jessica Stockholder, Jenny Saville, and Tara Donovan, among others.

Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections will offer a glimpse into the exciting interchange between contemporary artists and their passionate collectors. The exhibition is co-curated by Kenneth E. Silver, New York University Professor of Modern Art and Bruce Museum Adjunct Curator of Art, and Mia Laufer, PhD candidate (Washington University in Saint Louis) and Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow.

A scholarly exhibition catalogue, featuring a foreword by Peter C. Sutton, The Susan E. Lynch Executive Director of the Bruce Museum, and essays by the curators, also includes catalogue entries and color illustrations of the works in the show.

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