Opens Thursday June 22, 6-8 pm, continues through September 16, 2017
Summer hours: Tuesday-Friday 10-6
This exhibition was conceived by Jill Moser, and was organized in collaboration with Melissa Meyer. Both have long-standing relationships with gallerist Jill Weinberg Adams, and have had numerous solo shows at Lennon, Weinberg. The gallery opened in Soho in 1988, and for nearly three decades has been stalwart in support of an evolving roster of artists that includes many women, working in a wide range of mediums including painting, video, photography, sculpture, installation and printmaking.
Moser and Meyer reached out to the women artists who either are currently or were formerly represented by the gallery, a group who Moser recognized as
A kind of ‘accidental community’ that provided an opportunity to explore a question. What are the lines of influence and affinities among women artists, lines that cross time, place and medium? We posed this project to each of the eleven artists by asking them to choose both a woman artist who was an early influence and another with whom they feel a current affinity.
This self-curated show is the outcome of a sort of natural experiment to explore the shape of these connections. The results convey a virtual community of influence that is reflected in the contour of the show. It documents the distinct ways that individual women artists have informed one another.
Melissa Meyer selected Lee Krasner and Laurie Reid; Jill Moser selected Lynda Benglis and Amy Sillman; Robin Hill chose Eva Hesse and Mary Hambleton; Cindy Workman chose Marilyn Minter; Harriet Korman selected Dona Nelson and Ruth Hardinger; Laura Larson chose Martha Rosler and Sheilah Wilson; Mary Lucier chose Joan Jonas and Cecelia Condit; Denyse Thomasos’s affiliation is with Frances Barth; Catherine Murphy selected Sylvia Plimack Mangold and Judy Linn; Mia Westerlund Roosen chose Louise Bourgeois and Jeanne Silverthorne; and Louise Fishman chose her mother Gertrude Fisher-Fishman and her aunt Razel Kapustin, along with Harriet Korman. The artists also wrote brief statements about the artists they identified as influence and affinity, which appear on a comprehensive stand-alone website documenting the exhibition: www.citingssightings.com
The file has been uploaded and the book will be finished in January. Thanks to Guenet Abraham for the beautiful design, Mark Alice Durant of Saint Lucy Books, and my 206 Kickstarter supporters.
Hidden Mother is on view at the Allen Memorial Art Museum through December 23rd.