Community: Comment: Global Feminisms

These comments were left by our visitors during the run of the Brooklyn Museum exhibition Global Feminisms from March 23, 2007 to July 1, 2007.

107 comments

Nice site. Thx ines cudna :-)
Link Posted by ines cudna
Apr 24, 2007 at 3:03pm
The artworks were inspiring and heartfelt. Good place for couples to come and take pictures.
Link Posted by Sam & Steph
Apr 22, 2007 at 6:06pm
i liked the show
Link Posted by upzqfjlrdddddghhaaswe
Apr 22, 2007 at 9:09pm
Intriguing!
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Apr 19, 2007 at 7:07pm
You need to work on the placement of things. Like the Emotions compilation? I wanted to watch individual videos out of it, and I didn't have the time or patience to watch the entire thing.
Link Posted by umm....
Apr 15, 2007 at 6:06pm
I was there with my kids 6 & 8 to show them the beautiful art of the museum and we walked into the feminism art and we did not see any age appropriate warning before we walked in and my first reaction is this not for little children it was very difficult explaining what they saw before we left and as for me I felt this was not the true meaning of feminism for women this was very explicit and too sexual bordering the lines of pornography I beleive there is a place for everything and do not feel this was the place to display this type of art with this sexual content.
Link Posted by florence
Apr 17, 2007 at 1:01am
I loved this wonderful show. DOWN WITH MENPOWER. May there be only women in the world...UNDORITO SZAR.
Link Posted by Kossuth
Apr 15, 2007 at 5:05pm
This was awesome. i really enjoyed the love video. the video of the woman binding and unbinding her breasts brought me almost to tears. thank you.
Link Posted by Jessica
Apr 15, 2007 at 5:05pm
I really enjoyed the exhibition and thought the selection of works was great. However, the installation space is way too small, and the works don't have enough breathing space. Too crowded!!!!!!!
Link Posted by Sandra
Apr 14, 2007 at 9:09pm
Global Feminisms is a difficult exhibition to pull off. It is hard to avoid being overly didatic, redundant or worse, trite, when so much of the art is focusing on similar issues, in addition to being executed formally and aesthetically in a similar vein. Though the curator's efforts and hearts were in the right place, a small part of me wonders if exhibitions like this do more harm than good. For instance, purposefully choosing to exhibit works made only by women sets up a dangerous dichotomy that (unintentially) implies a separation between the terms "art" and "women's art". I would argue that some of the works on display are made by artists (who happen to be female) rather than by the hands of a woman artist. Loretta Lux is a good example of this, whose digitally manipulated portraits of children do not fit into the curatorial framing. Getting back to what I mentioned above, a significant problem arises when you exclusively equate art made by women to a representation of gender inequality. By doing so, the curators are forcefully implying a pre-determined mode of viewing and interpretation that reduces the work on display to a mere illustration of feminist issues, rather than opening up an engagement with formal concerns and aesthetics. On this note, I must say that a good 1/4 of the work on display lacked artfulness and instead appeared chosen by the curatorial staff for its political meaning. I suggest that this exhibit needs some real quality control. Judy Chicago's seminal piece, The Dinner Party, successfully combines art and feminism without negating the expressiveness of either/or. The work is meticulously crafted and evokes a rich history of important women whose cultural contributions are (with help from the artist) not to be forgotten. When I was viewing the piece, that famous line from A Field of Dreams came to mind: "If you build it, they will come". I know this may seem corny but let me explain! Imagine how amazing it would be if all the spirits of these great women could come together for an informal dinner party, and discuss the issues still facing women today. When I walk around the piece, I feel this energy and can faintly hear this dialogue. Putting the bad aside, Global Feminisms is an excellent chance to view works by artists from around the globe. To be honest, you do not see this as often as we should, despite the fluidity of the art market. Here, the work does not fall into the traps of representing a "global sisterhood" but rather presents specific cultural and geo-political concerns facing women in particular societies. In this light, the title of the exhibition and the curatorial thesis is right on target. What bothers me the most about this exhibition is not the fact that it only includes art made by women, but rather the exhibition is so poorly designed in terms of layout, didactic texts, and even positioning of the gift shop! All of these concerns play a significant contribution to the framing of an exhibition and cannot be overlooked, especially for an exhibition as important and influential as this.
Link Posted by a fellow art curator
Apr 15, 2007 at 2:02am
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