Body Gesture A group exhibition of Feminist Art

Carolee Schneemann, Nude on Tracks B, 1975/2005, archival print on Hahn Rag with pigmented inks, 18 x 26”, edition of 3

Body Gesture
A group exhibition of Feminist art

November 22, 2011 - January 28, 2012

To conclude the gallery’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition Program the Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Body Gesture, an exhibition of historical and contemporary feminist art. The late 1960s and 1970s saw the emergence of what, today, is typically referred to as “Feminist Art.” Rooted in the concurrent women’s rights movement of the 1970s, Feminist Art functioned, in part, as an articulation of the methods and objectives of the political movement. Through their work many female artists of this era critiqued prevailing power structures, took increasing ownership of their personal sexuality, exploited assumptions about domesticity, and highlighted the institutional marginalization of women and minorities. These artists employed, and radicalized, many of the same formal and conceptual strategies practiced by their male contemporaries. Ultimately, Feminist artists’ multidisciplinary, performance-based practices, engagement with process-oriented and conceptual methods, and use of film and video proved to be remarkably influential on subsequent generations of artists, both male and female. In fact, the argument could be made that Feminist Art definitively altered contemporary art, shifting the conversation back toward narrative and personal experience, while aiding in the legitimization of performance, video art, and multidisciplinary practices. However, as the visibility of the political Feminist movement has decreased, so too has the prominence of Feminist Art waned. By pairing works by important female artists of the 1970s and 1980s with work by emerging female artists Body Gesture attempts to investigate the role of Feminism in art today.

Featuring works by:

Lynda Benglis / Andrea Bowers / Sophie Calle / Nicole Eisenman / Jenny Holzer / Rachel Lachowicz / Ellen Lesperance / Alice Neel / Elaine Reichek / Martha Rosler / Carolee Schneemann / Amy Sillman / Lorna Simpson / Alexis Smith / Nancy Spero / Mickalene Thomas / Hannah Wilke

Panel Discussion
Engaging a New Generation
Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Thursday, January12, 2012 at 6:30pm

Special Screening
!Women Art Revolution
a film by Lynn Hershman Leeson
Whitsell Auditorium
Portland Art Museum
Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 4:00pm

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Portland, Oregon 97209