Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday's Three on Art

Today at Thursday's Three you'll find a trio of art-related items.

✭ The National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C., has digitized and made available to the public an educational resource on African-American painter, sculptor, performance artist, writer, and speaker Faith Ringgold, subject of the museum's 2013 exhibition "American People, Black Light: Faith Ringgold's Paintings of the 1960s".  Created in conjunction with the exhibition, Educator's Guide: Faith Ringgold comprises digital images of and information about the artist's work, biographical information, a series of questions for discussion, worksheets and classroom activities, a glossary of art terms, movements, and historical moments, and Civil Rights Era quotations to consider Ringgold's artwork in context. The guide, which is in color, is written for K-12 teachers but also can be used by anyone seeking to learn easily about Ringgold and her work.

✭ Eleanor Heartney, Helaine Posner, Nancy Princenthal, and Sue Scott have published The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium (Prestel, 2013), a follow-up to their scholarship in After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art (2007; Prestel, Rev. Ed., 2013). The new book details the careers of 24 women, born since 1960, whose artistic accomplishments have received  international recognition. The book is arranged thematically ("Bad Girls", "History Lessons", "Spellbound", and "Domestic Disturbances") to highlight the career obstacles and conflicts women artists experience while also establishing a home, caring for a family, and enjoying a personal life. Among the contemporary artists covered in the book are Ghada Amer, Tracey Emin, Nathalie Djurberg, Lisa Yuskavage, Yael Bartana, Julie Mehretu, and Kara Walker.

Eleanor Heartney is an independent cultural critic and writer based in New York City; Helaine Posner is the senior curator of contemporary art at Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase; Nancy Princenthal, formerly a senior editor at Art in America, is now on the faculty at School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she teaches art criticism and writing in the MFA program; and Sue Scott, also based in New York City, is an independent curator and writer.

The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium on FaceBook

SAVE THE DATE! On April 6 at 2:00 p.m., three poets will be celebrating National Poetry Month in April at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Karren Alenier will share her ekphrastic poems about Marie Laurencin; Jo Ann Clark will read from a suite of poems titled From the Loggia of Alba Agatha Mims, which was inspired by Renee Stout's Seven Windows; and B.K. Fischer will read from St. Rage's Vault, a memoir about pregnancy in the form of poems about the visual arts, including work by Alice Bailly, Louise Nevelson, and others in the NMWA's collection. St. Rage's Vault was awarded the 2012 Washington Prize from The Word Works. The event, scheduled to run until 3:30 p.m., is free and reservations are not required. The museum is located at 1250 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 

Karren Alenier on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

B.K. Fischer on FaceBook and Twitter

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