curated by Monika Fabijanska
September 4 -November 2, 2018
gallery hours: Monday-Friday 10-6, Saturday 12-6
opening reception: September 12, 2018, 5:30-8:30 PM
artists talk & gallery tour: September 26, 2018, 6-8 PM
symposium & gallery tour: October 3, 2018, 5-9 PM
artists talk & gallery tour: October 24, 2018, 6-8 PM
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This concentrated survey of works devoted to rape, by a diverse roster of women artists representing three generations, including Jenny Holzer, Suzanne Lacy, Ana Mendieta, Yoko Ono, and Kara Walker, aims to demonstrate that rape constitutes one of central themes in women’s art and will analyze its rich iconography in all mediums.
The exhibition aims to fill a gap in the history of art, where the subject of rape – as seen from women’s perspective – is a blank spot. What makes women's works radically different from those by men is the focus not on the action or drama, but on the lasting psychological devastation of the victim: her suffering, silence, shame, and loneliness. Often strikingly beautiful, they are rarely shown or their true meaning is obscured.
Image: Suzanne Lacy, Three Weeks in May, 1977, paper, ink ©1977. Suzanne Lacy. Courtesy of the artist.