With so much phenomenal attention on feminist art these days, its important to acknowledge that many of the women who rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s continue to produce stellar work today. An artist that exemplifies this concept is Mary Beth Edelson, a prominent figure in the 1970s feminist art movement, and a pioneer in the reclamation of Goddess imagery alongside Ana Mendieta, Hannah Wilke, and others. Edelson is best known for photographing her body in re-arrangements of mythic or ritualistic poses, photographs which she drew on or collaged in a gesture of playful defiance. By contrast, some of her recent works appropriate images of women and femme fatales from Old Hollywood movies and film noir, and re-present them on objects in the home, such as doors, curtains, bedspreads, and pillows. While these works are a departure from her earlier Goddess photographs and performances, they preserve Edelson’s playful, pop culture inflected feminist sensibility, and remind us that a woman’s work is never done.
See Mary Beth Edelson discuss more of her recent and early works at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday. For more information please click here.
Sarah Giovanniello is the former Research Assistant at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she assists the Curator of the Center with exhibitions, a growing permanent collection that includes The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, public programs, and projects related to feminism, feminist art, and the collection. Since 2008, she has worked on numerous exhibitions, including Kiki Smith: Sojourn, Healing the Wounds of War: The Brooklyn Sanitary Fair of 1864, Ghada Amer: Love Has No End, Reflections on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist Video, and Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958–1968. In 2009, she organized the mounting of Jen DeNike's TWIRL at the Museum for PERFORMA09. She has worked on numerous public programs, her favorites of which include making ourselves visible: a project in feminist space making with artists Liz Linden and Jen Kennedy, and the 2008 Emerging Scholars Feminist Art Symposium, Feminism NOW. As Research Assistant, she manages the Feminist Art Base and posts to the Brooklyn Museum blog on topics related to the Center's programs, projects, and exhibitions. Sarah holds an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.