“The female gaze”

“The Female Gaze” was an exhibition at Cheim and Read, in NYC.  It is about women artists looking at women.  It seems to me important to remember that it is a curated show, so there is a layer of choice between us and the artists.  Still, there are important  and biting critiques of the Western tradition. 

  The video below starts out being a bit jerky and hard to watch, but it is worth sticking with; James Kalm, artist and critic, has done a lot of these quite casual looks at important exhibitions.  You can view pictures of the exhibition pieces here.

James Kalm also has a video of an exhibition of works by the important artist, Joan Mitchell, who is in the gaze exhibition. 

3 thoughts on ““The female gaze”

  1. mmm… everything is always curated, there’s no such thing as “non-curation” in an art space; decisions and choices must be made because space is finite…

    this also reminded me that the exhibition elles@centrepompidou is still at the Pompidou Center in Paris. from their site: “For the first time in the world, a museum will be displaying the feminine side of its own collections. This new presentation of the Centre Pompidou’s collections will be entirely given over to the women artists from the 20th century to the present day.”

    link: http://www.centrepompidou.fr/Pompidou/Manifs.nsf/0/44638F832F0AFABFC12575290030CF0D?OpenDocument&sessionM=2.2.1&L=2

    it’s not a perfect show, and there are pieces that come and go (based on availability, space, and artist and gallery demand i’d guess), but i’ve been to see it a few times and it is pretty amazing…

    for anyone that can’t make it, the catalogue is lovely. also, if you follow the link to my website and then to vimeo, i’ve put up some videos of a few pieces.

  2. RA, thanks so much. I’m looking forward to going to your website.

    Of course, I agree that all shows are curated, and I mentioned that this one was in case anyone else felt, as I did, tempted to express some disappointment about the show’s content. That wasn’t the artists’ fault, if fault there was.

  3. you are welcome, i hope you find something interesting.

    i posted links to the videos, so they’d be easier to find, but it looks like tumblr is having a problem with its cache–no posts are appearing from after January 23!

    so, just click the vimeo link…

    *sigh*

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