This week’s picks were researched and written by Nina Pelaez, Curatorial Intern for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center.

Racism: An American Family Value, opens tomorrow, July 8th, at The Center for Book Arts in Manhattan. The show will explore the many ways that book artists have tackled the issue of racism in their work. The exhibition will feature work by feminist artists Maureen Kelleher, Kara Walker, and Carrie Mae Weems as well as many other exciting and innovative artists. The exhibition will be on view through September 12, 2009.

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(Shevrone Neckles, A Soldier’s Story. Racism: An American Family Value exhibition announcement image. Courtesy of The Center for Book Arts.)

Daughters of the Revolution: Women and Collage opened this past week at Pavel Zoubok Gallery in Manhattan. The exhibition features the work of over thirty modern and contemporary women artists including Hannah Hoch, Lee Krasner, Louise Nevelson, Carolee Scheemann, Miriam Schapiro and Hannah Wilke. The exhibition reveals the important contributions women have made to modern art through collage and explores the female experience through this often overlooked medium. The show will be on view through August 14th.

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(Louise Erhard, So, It’s All Come to This, 2008, Mixed-media collage , 10 x 14 inches. Courtesy of Pavel Zoubok Gallery.)

Currently on view at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts are shoes and plenty of them! On view through January 3, 2010, The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories, explores shoes as more than footwear but for their potential for expressing issues surrounding sexuality, gender, class and race.

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(Jan Hopkins, Orange Peel High Heels. The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories exhibition announcement image. Courtesy of Fuller Craft Museum.)

Nivi Alroy’s erupting, shattered and often precarious structures are currently on display at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn in a new exhibit: Fruiting Bodies. Her collection of sculptures and drawings investigates the tensions between inner and outer spaces. These structures ultimately become metaphors for the body and for the home and display the ongoing evolution and trauma these spaces undergo when threatened by outside forces. Alroy’s work will be on exhibit through July 19th.

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(Work by Nivi Alroy. Courtesy of A.I.R. Gallery)

Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art is a traveling global exhibit that recently opened at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway. The exhibition, featuring the work of 17 artists from 14 countries, addresses cultural difficulties faced by women while tackling the issue of violence against women. The show can also be seen as a virtual exhibition here.

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( Yoko Inoue, Untitled, photograph of a performance. Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art exhibition announcement image. Courtesy of the Stenersen Museum.)

Picturing Progress: Hungarian Women Photographers, 1900- 1945, is currently on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. The exhibition, on view through August 30th, focuses on the way that photography allowed Hungarian women to establish themselves as professional artists during this time. The collection of work focuses on the period of political upheaval during the span in 1900-1945 and these artist’s visual interpretations of that era.

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(Olga Mate, Still life with eggs and mushrooms, early 1920’s, Gelatine silver print, 6.57 x 4.02 in. Courtesy of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.)

Alice Wheeler: Women are Beautiful, is currently on display at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Wheeler’s series of photographs represent women of varying ages and contexts through the lens of another woman: showcasing them as multi-dimensional, autonomous figures. The exhibition will be on display through August 15th.

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(Alice Wheeler, Girl with Stuffed Rabbit Evergreen State Fair, Monroe, WA, 2007,2009, Chromogenic Print, 40.5 x 27 in. Courtesy of Greg Kucera Gallery.)

Fusing science with sexuality: Catherine Stewart’s work, on exhibition at the New Hall Art Collection in Cambridge, UK, focuses on differences in plumage between male and female birds. The exhibition, Catherine Stewart: The Colour of Courtship, includes enlarged images of songbird specimens that highlight the intricacies and differences between the sexes, which play a crucial role in mating rituals in the avian world. The show will be on display through August 1st.

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(Catherine Stewart, The Colour of Courtship # 4: Indigo Bunting. Courtesy of New Hall Art Collection.)

Opening this Saturday at Mark Moore Gallery, July 11th, is Weep and Wonder: a fascinating series of paintings by artist Jennifer Nehrbass. The series of seven highly psychological portraits, all of women, deconstruct traditional conceptions of femininity by transferring the ownership of the image from the viewer to the subject herself. The paintings will be on display through August 15th.

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(Jennifer Nehrbass, Snake in the Grass, 2009, Oil on Canvas, 36 x 30 in. Courtesy of Mark Moore Gallery.)

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