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Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art

by Connie Butler
     
 

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This landmark survey represents the first effort by a major North American museum to examine its collection by highlighting the production of modern and contemporary women artists. Featuring essays by nearly 50 writers, including both MoMA curators and outside scholars, among them many of the strongest voices in current research on art and gender, this groundbreaking

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This landmark survey represents the first effort by a major North American museum to examine its collection by highlighting the production of modern and contemporary women artists. Featuring essays by nearly 50 writers, including both MoMA curators and outside scholars, among them many of the strongest voices in current research on art and gender, this groundbreaking publication presents a variety of generational and cultural perspectives. Modern Women focuses on a diverse range of artists active from the late nineteenth century to the present whose works span the spectrum of mediums and genres in the Museum's collection. Organized chronologically into three sections—“Early Modernism,” “Mid-Century” and “Contemporary”—the book comprises both long and short essays emphasizing new research on women artists within these historical time periods. Subjects include women at the Bauhaus, design collaborations, photographers between the wars, the legacy of Maya Deren, Latin American artists, performance art, architecture, land art, “Riot Grrrls,” African American artists, collage and assemblage in contemporary portraiture as well as essays on individual artists such as Lillian Gish, Sybil Andrews, Diane Arbus, Ida Lupino, Hanne Darboven, Bridget Riley, Ana Mendieta, Louise Bourgeois, Adrian Piper, Nan Goldin, Zaha Hadid, Janet Cardiff and Lin Tianmiao. Heavily illustrated with works from the collection, Modern Women constructs a conversation between past considerations of MoMA's collection and current feminist narratives of art history, putting these varied modes of exploration in productive dialogue.

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Library Journal
As one picks up this hefty volume, the cover image of an enigmatic woman captures the viewer's interest with a mesmerizing gaze. This is Maya Deren (from her 1943 experimental film), one of the hundreds of women discussed inside. Five years of research have brought forth a richly illustrated book with 48 scholarly essays about women artists (both famous and lesser known) within the Museum of Modern Art's collections. Readers not familiar with the broad range of media that the museum collects will be astonished at the variety of international artistic expressions. Arranged chronologically, the first innovator into modernism we meet is the 19th-century photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. The museum also frankly discusses its history, when feminists demonstrated against it because of its lack of equitable representation. An informative section at the end contains short biographies of influential women behind the scenes at the museum: the three founders, as well as other donors, curators, and administrators. VERDICT This is an important study on two levels: how an institution openly addresses gender issues, and how instrumental women have been in advancing the arts to where they are today.—Anne Marie Lane, Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870707711
Publisher:
The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date:
06/30/2010
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
1,139,049
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 9.42(h) x 2.08(d)

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