Burning Down the House

Building a Feminist Art Collection

Inspired by The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, this exhibition features artists whose work has challenged the status quo and rise above the narrow roles imposed on women, particularly within the canons of art history.

Art Exhibition previously on at Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, United States.
From Friday 31 October 2008 to Sunday 08 February 2009

Untitled (Man Smoking/Malcolm X) image

Published by Brooklyn Museum on Sunday 19 October 2008.
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The installation was organized by Maura Reilly, Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, and Nicole Caruth, former Manager of Interpretive Materials. The exhibition title references the idea of the “master’s house” from two perspectives: the museum as the historical domain of white male artists and professed masters of art history, as well as domestic space often considered a woman’s proper province.

The majority of the exhibition comprises works by self-declared feminists and artists of later generations working within the historic framework of feminist art. The work represents widely diverse forms and ideas, suggesting that feminist art is not limited to a specific look or reading.

Among the works on view are Carrie Mae Weems’s Untitled (Man Smoking/Malcolm X), 1990, from her Kitchen Table series, which explores human experience from the vantage point of an African American female subject; a “femmage” painting by Miriam Schapiro titled Agony in the Garden that pays homage to Frida Kahlo; a haunting print by Kara Walker of a self-empowered heroine from the American antebellum South; and a bunny sculpture by Nayland Blake that challenges constructions of masculinity. Among the important loans from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections is one of Hannah Wilke’s major sculptures, Rosebud, from 1976.