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Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968

January 27 to April 3, 2011
Tisch and Koppelman Galleries and Remis Sculpture Court

Voted: "Best Thematic Show Nationally" from the United States section of the International Art Critics Association (AICA)

Seductive Subversion on the Callie Crossley Show
Radio Boston interview with Amy Schlegel and Meghna Chakrabarti
Review from the Financial Times
Review from Art in America

Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968 examines the impact of women artists on the traditionally male-dominated field of Pop art. It reconsiders the narrow definition of the Pop art movement and reevaluates its critical reception. In recovering important female artists, the show expands the canon to reflect more accurately the women working internationally during this period. The exhibition features 68 artworks by 22 artists.

Some of these artists experimented with then-new, industrial materials such as Plexiglas, plastics, rubber, and neon to create unique works of art that responded to the effects of mass-production. Others subverted domestic skills they had learned as young girls to create the first "soft sculpture" using fabrics, plastics, and other found materials that deployed a craft aesthetic as high art. Others appropriated from mass culture, including Hollywood film, advertising, publicity photos, and commercial publishing to critique emergent popular culture and male fantasies about female desire.

An eponymous 248-page hard-bound publication, co-edited by Sid Sachs and Kalliopi Minoudaki, with essays by Bradford Collins, Kalliopi Minioudaki, Patty Mucha, Linda Nochlin, Annika �hrner, Martha Rosler, Sid Sachs, and Sue Tate is available; price is $50 plus shipping and handling. Please contact: Hannah Swartz, 617-627-3094 or to request a copy.

Originally organized by the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and curated by Sid Sachs, additional curatorial contributions to the exhibition have been made by Catherine Morris, Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum. The Tufts presentation has been organized by Amy Ingrid Schlegel, director of galleries and collections at Tufts University. This project has been funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative with additional support from the Marketing Innovation Program. This project was also supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. At Tufts, this presentation is made possible in part by the Kenneth A. Aidekman Family Foundation and Edward S. Merrin.

Artists Included in Seductive Subversion: Eveylne Axell (1935-1972); Pauline Boty (1938-1966); Vija Celmins (b. 1938); Chryssa (b. 1933); Niki de Saint Phalle (1932-2002); Rosalyn Drexler (b. 1926); Letty Eisenhauer (b. 1935); Dorothy Grebenak (1913-1990); Jann Haworth (b. 1942); Dorothy Iannone (b. 1933); Kiki Kogelnik (1935-1997); Kay Kurt (b. 1944); Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929); Lee Lozano (1930-1999); Marisol (b. 1930); Mara McAfee (1929-1984); Barbro �stlihn (1930-1995); Faith Ringgold;Martha Rosler (b. 1943); Marjorie Strider (b. 1934); Idelle Weber (b. 1932); Joyce Wieland (1931-1998); May Wilson (1905-1986).

Listen to our guided tour stops here:

STOP 1: Introduction to Seductive Subversion, Amy Ingrid Schlegel

STOP 2: Marjorie Strider's Curious Pin-Up Paintings, Andrea Rosen, M.A. candidate in Art History, 2012

STOP 3: Pauline Boty's Countdown to Violence, Sue Tate, British art historian and Boty scholar

STOP 4: Rosalyn Drexler and the Cinematic Male Gaze Amy Ingrid Schlegel

STOP 5: Idelle Weber's Painting Style, Andrea Rosen

STOP 6: Marisol's John Wayne, Laura Conover, M.A. candidate in Art History, 2012

STOP 7: Jann Haworth, The Maid and the Invention of Soft Sculpture, Monica McTighe, assistant professor of art history, Tufts University

Martha Rosler, Vacuuming Pop-Art, 1966-72, Photomontage, 24 x 20 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Inness & Nash, New York

Kay Kurt, For All Their Innocent Airs, they Know Exactly Where They're Going, 1968, Oil on canvas, 60 x 144 inches, Collection Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, Gift of Roy R. Neuberger

Related Events:

Thursday, February 3, 5:30–8:00 pm

With curators Sid Sachs and Amy Ingrid Schlegel
Thursday, February 3, 5:30-6:30pm

Thursday, February 10, 6:30-7:30pm

Friday, February 18, 12:15-1:00pm

Thursday, February 24, 6:00-8:00pm

Wednesday, March 2, 6:00-8:00 pm

Wednesday, March 16, 12:15-1:00pm