As seen in the current exhibition Women’s Work (on view until September 18), the contributions made by women artists to the history of art are significant. With creativity and innovation women artists have been involved in art making throughout the centuries. Yet, despite their efforts, traditional art history narratives often misrepresent, under-represent, and marginalize these artists. Professor and feminist art historian Linda Nochlin addressed these problems in her 1971 ArtNews article, when she posed the question, Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? In the 45 years since Nochlin first asked the question, has anything changed?
On Thursday, August 18, at 6 P.M., urban photographer Lynn Saville, sculptor Rachel Wright, figurative painter Elana Hagler, and textile artist Louisiana Bendolph will be at the Museum to debate this issue in the FREE panel discussion Women Making Art. Drawing on personal experience, each of these artists will reflect on her diverse ways of working, the path of her artistic career, and what it means to be a woman in the art world. They will share their own dealings with gender bias while describing how they developed individual and strong voices in their chosen mediums.
Following the panel discussion, please join Lynn Saville as she signs copies of her book Dark City: Urban America at Night, which accompanies her exhibition of the same name (on view until September 25). Additionally, at 7 P.M. on Wednesday, August 17, the day before the panel, Saville will speak about her photographs within the exhibition. After her FREE gallery talk she will lead a twilight photography workshop in downtown Montgomery. Please call 334.240.4365 or email email@example.com for more information about any or all of these events or to register for Saville’s workshop. We hope to see you and to celebrate all of these inventive, creative, and inspiring women artists.
Curator of Art
Figure 1: Louisiana Bendolph (American), Three Squares, 2005, color aquatint and spitbite aquatint etching with chine collie, image lent by the artist
Figure 2: Rachel Wright (American), Luna Skull, 2016, blown and kiln formed glass, steel, and copper, image lent by the artist
Figure 3: Elana Hagler (American, born Israel), Debra, 2015, oil on linen, image lent by the artist, In the collection of Luke and Debra Ritter
Figure 4: Lynn Saville (American, born 1950), Brooklyn Bridge Park Construction, Brooklyn, NY, 2006, archival digital print from a digital original, Photograph courtesy of the artist