Friday, November 14, 2008

WACK! Art & the Feminist Revolution

I went to this exhibition in Vancouver last weekend. Vancouver is its 4th and last stop in its North American tour. I recommend you go to it if you are in the area before it ends January 18th, 2009.
It is a huge exhibition covering 2 floors of the Vancouver Art Gallery. For me it was a thrill to see works I had only looked at in books. The real thing is such a different experience. The air crackles with strong emotion and the political voices of the women who were part of a social revolution.
On the 2nd floor there are a lot of Canadian artists, which I was relieved to see because all of my reading for the current module I am studying has been about European and American women artists. So the revolution was happening north of the border too. My ignorance supports Martha Rosler's comments that the "lessons of the feminist movement have been contained and particularized."
Martha's work Hot House (Harem) is on the cover of the exhibition catalogue (see above).
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