Nina Pelaez, Curatorial Intern for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center, helped write and research this week’s Picks. Thanks Nina!

In an attempt to launch the careers of visual artists in the 1970’s punk scene, Bettie Ringma and Marc H. Miller decided to mount a show with the legendary founder of Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) and cornerstone of the Washington, D.C. arts community at the time, Alice Denney. The 1978 exhibition, titled Punk Art, became what Miller describes as one of “Alice’s more radical moments”, prompting a wave of similar exhibitions in the years that followed. The out-of-print catalogue that accompanied Punk Art is now being released in full with additional interviews, images, and video at
(Alice Denney, former director of WPA. Image from the Punk Art catalogue, available online at

Projects 90: Song Dong is currently on display at the Museum of Modern Art here in New York. The elaborate installation fills the museum’s atrium— displaying the structure and entire contents of Song Dong’s mother’s (Zhao Xiangyuan) house. The piece pairs the personal and the political: at once an act of catharsis and a visual manifestation of wu jin qi yong or “Waste not”. The result is an expansive, almost daunting, mosaic of ‘things’— emblematic of a life and this effort to preserve it.
(Song Dong. Waste Not. 2005. Courtesy of Tokyo Gallery + BTAP.)

Currently on view at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, PA, is Women Imaging Women: A Study of Female Portraiture. In conjunction with Woman Made Gallery, this exhibition features a diverse selection of portraits and self-portraits of women all done by contemporary women artists. The exhibition explores the way that representation is effected by the gender of both artist and subject. The array of works incorporate styles ranging from expressionist to naturalistic with mediums ranging from sculpture to painting to photography. The exhibition will be on view through September 13th.
(Susan Tennenbaum, Ellie 19, Skokie, Illinois, archival pigment print,16 x 12 inches. Courtesy of Woman Made Gallery.)

Boxing Gloves and Bustiers opens this week at SOHO20 in Chelsea. Curated by artist Kate Gilmore(who’s artwork is currently featured in Reflections on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist Video), this group exhibition brings together the work of fourteen artists who explore the many faces of heroic female figuration using video as their medium. The show will be up until August 14th, so check it out!
(From Boxing Gloves and Bustiers exhibition. Courtesy SOHO20 Gallery.)

Opening tomorrow at the New Museum is Dorothy Iannone: Lioness, the first solo-exhibition featuring Iannone’s work in the US. The show will feature paintings, drawings, sculptures, and a video box by Iannone, all done between 1965 and 1978, during the height of the second-wave feminist generation. Iannone’s work dispels taboo’s surrounding female sexuality and instead presents it as a transcendent experience; her mixed media work portrays a first-person narrative of spirituality, sexuality and the freedom to express it. The exhibition will be on view through October 18th.
(Dorothy Iannone, I Begin to Feel Free, 1970. Acrylic and collage on canvas, 74 3/4 x 59. Courtesy of New Museum.)

“The Thousand and One Nights” (contemporary artists from Palestine) is currently up at Postmasters Gallery in Manhattan. The show features the work of six contemporary Palestinian artists, including Jumana Manna, who’s video and photographic piece Familiar, 2007, comments on the relationship between generations, showing the artist (an adult in her early twenties) being breastfed by her mother. The show closes August 8th.
(Jumana Manna, Familiar , 2007 – installation video with sound and C-print,13.4 x 19.3 inches. Courtesy of Postmasters Gallery.)

Kate Gilmore’s certainly busy these days!! Currently on view at On Stellar Rays in New York is Lover, an exhibition curated by Gilmore that celebrates and explores the many sides and many kinds of love. The group show features work by Karen Heagle, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Nan Goldin, Deborah Kass, Marilyn Minter, and others. The show CLOSES this Sunday, July 26th.
(Nan Goldin, Jimmy Paulette and Tabboo! undressing, NYC, 1991, c-print, 40 by 30 inches. Courtesy of On Stellar Rays.)

Sikkema, Jenkins & Co is currently exhibiting a weekly rotation of video art titled, Suddenly This Summer, which includes the work of twelve artists. Now in its final weeks, be sure not to miss Kara Walker’s Kara Walker Messing Around with the Ebony Hillbillies, 2007, on view from August 3rd – 7th.
(Pilar Albarracín, Bailaré sobre tu tumba / I Will Dance on Your Grave, 2004 (still). Courtesy of Sikkema, Jenkins & Co.)

This week, on July 24th and 25th, Peltz Gallery in Madison, WI will be holding The Nineteenth Annual Remarkable Women Show. The exhibition will feature collage, paintings, drawings and prints by over 40 contemporary women artists including Kara Walker, Judy Pfaff, and Judy Chicago.
(Judy Chicago, Into the Darkness, 2008. Courtesy of Peltz Gallery.)


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