Opening Reception: New Images of Woman
Tuesday, Mar 06, 2018, 5:00PM
Diego Rivera Gallery
800 Chestnut Street

Opening Reception: New Images of Woman

March 6 | 5–7pm (Artist Talks @ 5:30pm)

Join us for the opening reception of New Images of Woman featuring works by Melissa Carter, Emily Schmidt, Diana Martinez, Delaina Engberg, Danielle Melen, Megan Ramirez, and Galeana Fraiz; curated by Delaina Engberg.

In the fall of 1959, Pete Selz curated a show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York titled, “New Images of Man”, exhibiting the work of twenty three, solely male, figurative artists. In public statement, Selz claimed the images represented “... the human situation, indeed the human predicament…”, reducing the woman, specifically the woman’s bodily experience, to that of subhuman. How can the women’s experiences be understood when all men paint the bodies? The gradual integration of women’s access to the study of anatomy, correlating with recent theoretical developments, has allowed for women to begin representing themselves, and their bodies, in ways they would like to be seen. Yet, with such progress, there is always more to be made and new ways to facilitate conversations that give root to change. With this show, “New Images of Woman,” seven female identifying artist will exhibit paintings, sculptures, and drawings dealing with figuration, furthering the idea and understanding that the woman's experience is a human one. Operating as a reactionary dialogue to the show, “New Images of Man”, women artists in this show have the opportunity to talk back to the “monumental” points in contemporary Art History, so many of which have excluded the woman’s perspective and contribution.


Image: Courtesy the artists.