Art Students League to Present Landmark 'Post-War Women' Exhibition

  • NEW YORK, New York
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  • October 20, 2019

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Helen Frankenthaler, in 1956
via Wikipedia; Gordon Parks/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

In New York, Post-War Women is The Art Students League’s first exhibition to explore the vital contributions of alumnae on the international stage. On view at The Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery from November 2 to December 1, 2019, Post-War Women challenges the misperception that great art produced by women artists is somehow an exception rather than the rule.

Curator Will Corwin investigates the history of innovative art academies like The League that promoted democratic ideologies, which in turn created artistic opportunities for women of all social classes. This ground-breaking exhibition features over forty artists active between 1945-65, tracing the complex networks these professional women formed to support one another and their newfound access to art education.

May Stevens, ​War Room, 1968, gouache and ink on paper, 22-7/8 x 34" © May Stevens; Courtesy of the artist, RYAN LEE Gallery, New York and Beth Rudin DeWoody.

Post-War Women presents work by some of the prominent artists of the 20th Century like Louise Bourgeois and Helen Frankenthaler, but more importantly it calls out the women who were not credited enough: Mavis Pusey, Kazuko Miyamoto, Olga Albizu and Helena Vieira da Silva – challenging a new generation of visitors and art students to KNOW YOUR FOREMOTHERS.

Free and Open to the Public, November 2–December 1, 2019

Featured Artists:

Mary Abbott

Berenice Abbott

Olga Albizu

Janice Biala

Isabel Bishop

Nell Blaine

Regina Bogat

Louise Bourgeois

Vivian Browne

Elizabeth Catlett

Elaine De Kooning

Dorothy Dehner

Monir Farmanfarmaian

Helen Frankenthaler

Perle Fine

Judith Godwin

Terry Haass

Grace Hartigan

Carmen Herrera

Eva Hesse

Faith Hubley

Lenore Jaffee

Gwendolyn Knight

Lee Krasner

Blanche Lazzell

Marguerite Louppe

Lenita Manry


Mercedes Matter

Kazuko Miyamoto

Louise Nevelson

Charlotte Park

Joyce Pensato

Irene Rice Pereira

Mavis Pusey

Faith Ringgold

Edith Schloss

May Stevens

Yvonne Thomas

Maria Viera da Silva

Lynn Umlauf

Merrill Wagner

Joyce Weinstein

Michael West

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