Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic

A valuable collection of insight into the exhibition of feminist artwork is now available to the public. FeministDialectic.ca is a new website that features ten curators, artists and museum professionals speaking on the challenges and opportunities presented by the acquisition, preservation and exhibition of feminist artwork by public art galleries and institutions in Ontario.

The website features videos, audio recordings and transcripts of the presentations, the majority of which took place at a December 2008 symposium entitled Art Institutions and the Feminist Dialectic.

“In recent years, artworks that arose from the activism and social consciousness of the late 1960s, and works that addressed anti-war, civil rights and feminism have been entering public collections,” says Carla Garnet, the curator who helped organize the presentations. “Consequently, a new discussion of how feminist work performs in the public space becomes timely.”