Size Matters: Notes on the Triumph of Feminist Art

25 Nov
By DANIEL BELASCO, originally published by Lilith Magazine | November, 25, 2010

The Jewish Museum has focused its collection of contemporary art since the 1980s on works with strong themes of social consciousness: race, anti-Semitism, assimilation, identity, sexuality, and family.
Within the collection, there is a strong grouping of well over 100 works that address critically the situation of women in Judaism and Jewish culture and history. Their creators occupy a veritable canon of American Jewish feminist art: Eleanor Antin, Martha Rosler, Hannah Wilke, Nancy Spero, Joyce Kozloff, Miriam Schapiro, Eva Hesse, Helène Aylon, Deborah Kass, Nan Goldin, Mierle Laderman Ukeles; the list goes on and on. And there are the notable Israelis Michal Heiman, Hila Lulu Lin, Sigalit Landau, Nurit David, Deganit Berest, among others. It’s not surprising that such a large collection of feminist artworks would live at The Jewish Museum, since so many of the pioneers of feminist art, theory and activism in the U.S. and abroad have been Jewish.

Though some of these treasures have been in its collection for decades, Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism is the first exhibition at The Jewish Museum to address directly the influence of feminism on visual art, and the influence of Jewish culture on both. The show consists of 33 works, 23 of which are in the Hannah Wilke, “Venus Pareve,” 1982–84 collection of The Jewish Museum, seven of them acquired in the last three years. What was behind the choices for the exhibition?

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