Brainstormers, an NYC-based feminist collective, currently has a site-specific sound installation up at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in Manhattan. The piece, titled “May I Please Have a Sip of Your Power?”, asks a repeating loop of questions in a computer-generated voice, including, “Do you think you could scoot over so that I can access some healthcare?” and “Would you please donate some of your control? It’s tax deductible.” This piece is part of Then and Now, a group show made up of almost 50 site-specific works commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, and will be available for your listening pleasure until September 4th.
Two exhibitions of note are closing this Friday, August 14th, at the ARC Gallery in Chicago. Mary Maughelli uses collage and mixed media in her work to reference historical representations of women as depicted in art of the past. In second exhibition, Margaret LeJeune & Sabba Saleem Syal, LeJeune shows her Modern Day Diana series, an examination of the world of female hunters, while Sabba Saleem Syal’s mixed media and fiber installation, A Contested Territory, draws from her personal/familial history, as well as the tumultuous political history of Pakistan.
Adriana López Sanfeliu: Life on the Block is open through this Saturday, August 15th at the Randall Scott Gallery in Brooklyn. In this, her first solo-exhibition in the U.S., the artist uses photography to document the life of Puerto Rican women who live on 103rd Street in Spanish Harlem.
The International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, So Close Yet So Far Away is currently up at the Incheon Art Platform at the Incheon Korean-Chinese Cultural Center in Korea. This month long biennale showcases work from 101 international artists including Samira Abbassy and Judy Chicago, among others. Divided into three subsections titled “Personal Space”, “Fluid Interior”, and “Contested Space”, the exhibition explores the idea of space as perceived by contemporary women artists. The show closes August 31st, so if you are in the area, be sure to head on over!
Sight Unseen: Video from Afghanistan and Iran is made up of two video pieces—The Third One by Afghan artist Rahraw Omarzad and The White Station by Iranian artist Seifollah Samadian. Both artists use images of women dressed in chador-Ormazad to explore physical and metaphysical spaces of contestation, while Samadian’s women embody perseverance as they wait for a bus during a blizzard in Tehran in 1999. This show will be up at the Asia Society Museum in Manhattan until September 13th, don’t miss it!
This summer is proving a busy time for artist Kate Gilmore, whose video With Open Arms, 2005 is currently up at Ramis Barquet in Chelsea. The work is part of a larger exhibition curated by Nick Kilner titled East Coast Video, which includes the work of Caraballo-Farman, Jamie Diamond, Alex McQuilkin and Rashaad Newsome as well. This show is open until August 14th.
Jessica Dickinson’s Here just opened at James Fuentes LLC. Based in Gowanus, Brooklyn, Dickinson explores the exchange between perception and psychology in her paintings, which are filled with portals, thresholds and border spaces. This show will be up until September 20th.
GODDESS, a group show including artists Hunter Clarke, Ilene Godofsky, Michelle Orsi Gordon, Matt Harvill, Erin Lee Jones, Georgina Keenan, Raghava KK, Nia Mora, Jennifer Murray and Sara Woolley, is now open at Under Minerva Gallery in Brooklyn. Doubling as benefit for The Hazel K. Goddess Fund for Stroke Research in Women in honor of the late Brenda Navas, this exhibition attempts to reflect on the wisdom and guidance of the divine feminine. GODDESS closes this Friday, August 14th.
I would like to bid a fond farewell to all of you who’ve read the “Picks” over the past year or so. Today is my last day interning here at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, as I will be moving on to grad school and other things. I know, I know, it’s devastating, but don’t worry-the “Picks” will continue on for all you loyal readers out there looking for some good feminist art!