14.125 by 11.625 (black/white), 2010
cast flexible urethane resin and mixed media
14.125 x 11.625 x 0.375inches
35.9 x 29.5 x 1 cm
That headline should read: "Shit-Ton of Women Artists With Shows Opening in NY Right Now Flies in Face of Concurrent Whitey Boyennial."
The 2014 Whitney Biennial edition bills itself as "one of the broadest and most diverse takes on art in the United States that the Whitney has offered in many years." Sure, if you are living in Arizona. In the 1950s. In a hole.
(Just for fun, see: The Depressing Stats of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, by Jillian Steinhauer in Hyperallergic on November 15, 2013)
The timing of the opening of the Boyennial has always been a bit weird considering that it's not particularly inclusive in that way and March being Women's History Month. Which follows on the heels of Black History Month. This is usually not that hard to remember, since March and February are ganged up like that. What I mean is: even if you tend not to think about the fact that many many many artists are not white or even boys, you might consider either of those possibilities during February and possibly later in March. Worth considering if you're organizing a big bi-annual exhibition that calls itself diverse and stuff.
Anyway. The impending boy-free ennial known as The Last Brucennial aside, I can think of a few NY exhibitions coming up right now as well as shows that have opened recently that showcase women artists. Just amazing, isn't it? Here's a tiny sampling:
OPENS MARCH 6 (6-8pm): Carrie Yamaoka, "Are You Experienced?" at PK SHOP (Paul Kasmin Gallery projects) 511 West 27th Street: Mar 6 – Apr 12, 2014. "...recent works that explore form and process including drawings made through erasure, works on panel, and flat cast resin works....Yamaoka materializes a paradox by rubbing away at the surface of the world in order to make something from it."
OPENS MARCH 7 (7-9pm): TO SELVES: Joy Episalla and Susan Silas at Momenta Art, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, March 7 to April 13, 2014. "Both artists utilize the act of self-portraiture as an exercise of agency through performative self-creation. If the performative creation and presentation of the self is the exercise of political agency, what are the specific social and political subjectivities they embody through their work? This exhibition leaves this complex question open to the viewer." Panel discussion + book launch: Sunday, March 16th, starting at 3pm. Panelists include: Judith Braun, Carla Gannis, Risa Puleo and Marcia Salo This exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of a book, TO SELVES: Joy Episalla and Susan Silas. Read article in artcore journal.
OPENS MARCH 7 (7-9pm): SUSAN SILAS: love in the ruins; sex over 50 at Studio 10, 56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, March 7 – April 6 2014. "...a solo exhibition of large scale photographs...'a personal diary of sex and sensuality; resilience and the decay of the aging body.' Begun in 2003, the work is an ongoing document of subtle changes and approaching mortality."
PERFORMANCE, MARCH 8 (6-7pm) : CLAUDIA HART: The Alices (Walking): A Sculptural Opera and Fashion Show, at Eyebeam, 540 W 21st Street. "...a sculptural opera in the guise of an experimental fashion show about the breakdown between the natural and the technological and the melding of identities between machines and people. It is a performance about cloning, duplication, mutation and transformation, and therefore about death and rebirth and the ambivalent desire by human beings for eternal life." The Alices Performed by Nayand Blake, Claudia Hart, Joon Lee, Julie Robinson and Adrian Saich with Edmund Campion on grand piano.
ARTIST TALK, MARCH 8 (3pm): In conjunction with the exhibition BEING THERE, at Elga Wimmer Gallery, at 326 W 26th St #310: Roger Denson will moderate a talk with the show's curator Amy Lipton and artists Joy Garnett, Fariba Hajamadi, Chrysanne Stathacos and Marion Wilson. View poster more info
THROUGH MARCH 15: Elizabeth Duffy & Cheryl Yun at dm contemporary, 39 E 29th Street #2B: February 7, 2014 - March 15, 2014
THROUGH MAY 12: AFTERSHOCK: The Impact of Radical Art (Minors Not Permitted) at Edelman Arts, 136 East 74th Street. A group show featuring Carolee Schneemann, Betty Tompkins, Marilyn Minter, Thomas Lanigan Schmidt, Pruitt & Early, Sean Landers, Cary Liebowitz (a.k.a. CandyAss), Tony Oursler, Mickalene Thomas, Simone Leigh, Christopher Winter, and Monica Cook.