Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \ : Noun; the process of claiming something back or of reasserting a right.
This exhibition features nationally acclaimed, contemporary figurative women artists painting women from their perspective and experience.
Helen Day Art Center is driven by an ambitious curatorial vision shaped by the pursuit of meaning in contemporary art. The Art Center pursues exhibitions that address relevant topics in daily life where the artists and artworks included add valuable perspectives to complex social, political, and cultural dialogues. Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \ is no exception: As background, in 2009, three artists decided to explore how women depicted women as subjects of their art, and whether it was different than that of the “male gaze” which regularly portrays women as passive objects of beauty to be observed and enjoyed. The project caught fire and has grown to include more than a dozen gallery and museum exhibitions, both in the US and abroad.
Inspired by this project, we are making a strong statement to reclaim and transform the way women are portrayed. Through the work in this exhibition, we will view women in their lives and environments as active participants. By choosing to portray women, painted by women, in the traditional form of realistic figurative painting in contemporary times, we are also bringing to attention the long history of figurative painting, in which inequality is pervasive.
Women are the future and it’s past time for equality. Every step we make toward this goal is a step forward for humanity. We are creating an exciting, dynamic show that actively engages the viewer in broadening their view of women in art and in the world we all share.
Rachel Moore - Director and Curator, Helen Day Art Center
Diane Feissel - Artist, Co-founder of Women Painting Women, and Co-Curator
August Burns - Artist and Co-Curator
Participating Artists Include
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