Journey to NO MAN’S LAND: Celebrate the opening of an exciting new contemporary art exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. is hosting an exhibition titled “No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection” from September 30, 2016, through January 8, 2017.
Established in 1964 in New York City, the Rubell Family Collection (RFC) is one of the world’s largest privately owned contemporary art collection. The exhibition showcases the works of 37 contemporary artists from 16 nations who have used their aesthetically diverse ideas to address various political and intellectual themes. The presentation focuses on the process of art making as well as images of female body as an extension from the feminist art movement in the 1970s.
National Museum of Women in the Arts curators worked with RFC to choose a highly focused group of paintings and sculptures that center on the process of making as well as images of the female body, both topics that extend from the feminist art movement of the 1970s. Many artists in the exhibition use labor-intensive techniques to alter conventional notions of “women’s work” and handcraft. Some sculpt or paint semi-abstract shapes that reference the body obliquely, while others depict the female form directly, forcefully reclaiming its visualization and interpretation.
Painting and sculpture are among the oldest and traditionally most revered mediums of fine art, yet in the hands of many contemporary artists, they are avenues for experimentation, play, and subversion. Artists in NO MAN’S LAND paint with neon, weave with Carnival beads, and glue metal bread baskets into their assemblages.