Internet Loves (Most) Feminist Art Shows

Every day I find another reason to praise the deities of the internet, but today my love letter to the World Wide Web is the result of the Los Angeles MOCA’s great website for their latest exhibit ‘WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution.”

VIDEO CAPTION: Marta Minujin & Richard Squires inside their installation Soft Gallery, 1973/2007. Filmed at the WACK! press preview on March 1, 2007.

Granted it is a little awkwardly designed but it’s chocked full of videos, photos, podcasts and reviews–almost as good as being there.

Seems Feminist Art is all the rage this year. The Brooklyn Museum of Art’s (BMA) opening of the Sackler Center for Feminist Art today, which (according to an insider) is essentially Judy Chicago’s mammoth “Dinner Party” and some other works that shouldn’t qualify it as “global” anything.

I agree with the LA Weekly critic Doug Harvey who reviewed “WACK!” this week:

“At its most vital, Feminist Art encompassed aspects of all that was formally and conceptually challenging and nourishing in other contemporary movements — from Post-Painterly Abstraction to Body Art — and threw in a cluster of its own innovative theoretical paradigms and studio practices such as quilting and the phallic gaze.”

But my experience often falls short of that ideal as curators fill out their encyclopedic exhibit with second rate stuff (an affliction that effects most survey shows).

Nonetheless, I’ll report back when BMA’s “Global Feminisms” exhibit that will inaugurate the Sackler Center’s opening. Coincidentally, BMA should pay heed to MOCA’s site of the future since the Brooklyn institution’s website is so 20th century.

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