The collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is currently showcasing the work of notable artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman and Georgia O’Keeffe. The exhibition entitled Elusive Femininity: The Newest Collection at SFMOMA Explores the ever changing perceptions of feminine identity.
The show’s curators, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Anne Ellegood, have created a collection that is an extension from the permanent collection. They have incorporated works from the 19th century to today that celebrate women’s voices in art and femininity. The exhibit features artists who have challenged the stereotypical views about femininity and beauty through their work over the years.
There are eight different themes featured in this exhibition; each theme has a corresponding room for viewing. One of these themes is “The Avant-Garde.” This room focuses on works by 50 prominent female artists from different time periods, who were influential in their creative fields in America or Europe. Some of these artists include Gertrude Stein, Barbara Kruger, Louise Bourgeois and Jenny Holzer.
Elusive Femininity: The Newest Collection at SFMOMA Explores the ever changing perceptions of feminine identity.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has embarked on a new collection, focused on the representation of femininity in 20th and 21st century American and European art. Euro-American art history is dominated by works depicting masculine experience, with very few representations of female experience until the late twentieth century. This new collection aims to fill that gap.
Featuring over 400 works by over 100 artists, the collection will present a broad range of forms, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography and video. Some work is playful and upbeat while others are more serious or aggressive in their approach to gender issues. Many express sentiments related to feminism while others are more universal in their treatment of women’s issues.
The museum hopes that this new collection will have a significant impact on how we view cultural expressions of femininity and the female experience.
As a branch of the art world, modern art has always been represented by a particular demographic. From the days of its inception during the late 19th century, it was and still is perceived as more male-dominated than other genres. While this is true, it is not entirely accurate.
While many women artists have made their marks in the art world, there are still those who have not and continue to be overlooked by critics and historians alike. In this day and age the art world is more inclusive than ever before; however, there are still barriers that prevent women from being seen and heard.
The newest exhibition at SFMOMA entitled “Elusive Femininity: The Newest Collection at SFMOMA Explores the ever changing perceptions of feminine identity” explores works by female artists who have been underrepresented throughout history. The show features an array of works created by female artists from different generations and cultures. It is curated by Shelley Miller who also worked on last year’s “Women Artists at SFMOMA,” an exhibition that helped shift the focus away from male artists to include those of different backgrounds and styles in order to broaden conceptions of modern art overall.
Although contemporary women artists are making their mark on the art world, there are still many female artists
SFMOMA is a destination for the art connoisseur looking to see some of the most contemporary and innovative artwork. What I love about SFMOMA, is that they not only produce exhibitions but also produce films, artist retrospectives and lectures that are open to the public. Some of their most recent art exhibitions are “Elusive Femininity” which highlights pieces from the 20th century and how we as a culture perceive womanhood, both physically and mentally; “The Jewish Museum Berlin: Selects From The Permanent Collection”; “On Kawara: Anywhere, Everywhere, All At Once” where visitors can travel back in time while viewing the history of conceptual and performance art; “John Baldessari” which displays his works from 1968-1972 along with other examples from 1970-1992 enclosed in a wooden box; “Works on Paper”, which is currently on display through September 3rd. SFMOMA also has a permanent collection of over 17,000 works that span various time periods throughout different cultures. Regular tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for seniors & students, $12 for youth under 18 and free for members.
The exhibition is a visual feast, with a broad range of work that includes paintings, photographs and sculptures. Many have strong literary influences.
The show is divided into five sections, with compelling titles: “The Visible Woman,” “Traces of Desire,” “The Body Electric,” “The Future Is Female” and “Herstory.” The first four are organized around the work of four female artists and the last around key women in history.
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“Elusive Femininity” celebrates the diversity of experiences that are found under the wide umbrella of feminine identity.
This exhibit is a unique experience for the public at large, and is an opportunity to appreciate artwork created in the twentieth century. This exhibit is comprised of mixed media artworks that explore a feminine identity, and how this identity is viewed by society. The collection consists of artworks created by female artists born between 1861 and 1945, who are recognized as some of the most influential artists in the world today.
Artists featured in this exhibit include Yayoi Kusama, Leonora Carrington, Mary Heilmann, Kiki Smith, and others. Each artist has created pieces that reflect their view on femininity and women through subjective experiences. This exhibit encourages visitors to take a closer look at what it means to be feminine in today’s world.
This exhibit will also immerse visitors in SFMOMA’s original architecture. Visitors can walk through “The Wave”, one of SFMOMA’s newer additions to the museum. Situated just outside the exhibit space, “The Wave” serves as a walking tunnel that connects visitors from one side of the museum to the other. Guests will be able to view the artworks from a unique perspective as they are surrounded by colors that extend across the walls and ceiling of this space, which was designed specifically for this
Sculpture and painting art have been traditionally associated with masculinity, and the feminine art form of weaving has been considered to be one of the earliest forms of artistic expression. However, many female artists have recently found a new interest in the medium of weaving, forcing us to question our perceptions of the dominant roles that gender has played in the history of art. This exhibit brings together works from well-known artists including Louise Bourgeois, Louise Fishman and Barbara Smith alongside lesser-known pieces from emerging female weavers such as Catherine Opie and Donna Dennis. Through the use of fiber these women are able to construct identity by revealing their own personal narratives through the lens of their individual experiences, redefining what it means to be a woman artist in today’s world.
In this exhibit, which includes over 200 works produced during the latter half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century, viewers will find that there are many layers of meaning that can be derived from each piece on display. From Greek mythology to feminism to race relations, each artist uses their work as a way to reveal not only who they are but also how they relate to their audience. These pieces serve as an investigation into femininity in a time when its role is constantly being redefined and reposition