“Women’s fight for equal rights is essentially a humanist and peaceful struggle for true democracy, and a higher form of civilization.”
– Leyla Zana, Kurdish politician and human rights activist
September 13 – October 25, 2014
Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 9 pm
Artist TALK: October 11, 5 – 7pm
Curator: Peggy Sivert Zask
It is 2014 and violence against women, reproductive rights, and economic fairness continue to be the most significant issues related to gender-specific injustices nationally and globally. Discrimination against women and girls (such as gender-based violence, economic discrimination, reproductive health inequities and harmful traditional practices) remains the most pervasive and persistent form of inequality. The United Nations regards gender equality as a human right. It points out that empowering women is also an indispensable tool for advancing development and reducing poverty.
Termed by historians as the Second Wave of Feminism, activist women of the sixties and seventies succeeded in creating authoritative societal and political changes toward empowering women in the home, the workplace, in issues of legal inequalities, and in reproductive rights. Though primarily in Western countries such as America and France, its accomplishments and influence are felt worldwide. Since the nineties, a new Third Wave of Feminism has emerged that critiques the Second Wave for what it perceives as a predominantly white, Judeo-Christian middle class culture. This Third Wave of Feminism reflects a global view and emphasizes the diversity of ethnicity, religion, gender-orientation, sexuality, and cultural backgrounds of women.
Transforming Feminisms invites multiple generations of artists from a variety of backgrounds to share their identity as women through their work and to explore the various perspectives on the role of women in the world today. The artists were paired and asked to answer some questions to generate their creativity in the direction of their personal identity in relationship to Women’s Issues. We invited the two artists to meet and discuss their answers together. Then following the meeting, to go back to their studios and make art in response. The exhibition will display each generational pair of artworks together so they can be viewed as a personal expression of women’s identity from one generation to the next.
Sept 13 – October 25, 2014
KAREN ATKINSON, CHERYL BOOKOUT, FATEMEH BURNES, AUDREY CHAN, SIJIA CHEN
HYUNSOOK CHO, MARGARET GARCIA, HATSUKO MARY HIGUCHI, DONNA HOLLANDER
COLE JAMES , LEILA JARMAN , NIKU KASHEF , ELIZABETH KNEISLEY, ISABELLE LUTTERODT
MARISA MANDLER , DAN TAULAPAPA MCMULLIN, SANDRA MUELLER , CHLOE JEEHYE NOH
GLORIA PLASCENCIA, CHRISTY ROBERTS , ANA RODRIGUEZ , LINDA JO RUSSELL
YOSHIE SAKAI , HADI SALEHI, BRONWYN TOWLE , RUTH TROTTER , RUTH WEISBERG
PEGGY SIVERT ZASK, ZAINAB ZEB