Exhibit at Bruce Museum co-curated by Professor Ken Silver opening on September 24.

20 Sep



Annie Lapin
A Throughishness Sloshes and Comes,2014
Oil paint, acrylic paint and acrylic enamel spray-paint on canvas, 82 x 27 in.
Photo Brian Forest
Image courtesy Honor Fraser Gallery


Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections

September 24, 2016 – December 31, 2016

Only yesterday, it seems, one was hard-pressed to name more than a handful of successful women artists; now the list would be extensive, and the choices rich and varied. Although numerous recent exhibitions have featured women’s art, scant attention has been paid to the collecting of art created by women. In fact, private collections are in the process of being dramatically transformed. Greenwich and nearby communities in Fairfield and Westchester counties are home to a number of the finest contemporary collections, and thus to some of the most exciting art being made today.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/182698467Her Crowd will offer the rare opportunity to see what some of America’s most influential collectors of contemporary art consider beautiful, important, and compelling.

Themes specific to women continue to be of significance:

  • motherhood, food, sexuality; beauty and its discontents
  • stereotypes of femininity and their undoing
  • intersections of gender and race

Equally important for Her Crowd is the current powerful resurgence of abstraction in its myriad forms:

  • minimalist patterning
  • expressive mark-making
  • painterly exuberance

Numerous artists represented in the show traffic in unexpected collisions —

  • of the second and third dimension
  • of the carefully crafted and the found object
  • of the concrete and the immaterial

Featuring works by artists from established figures to brilliant newcomers, the exhibition includes remarkable pieces by

  • Yayoi Kusama
  • Kiki Smith
  • Betye Saar
  • Annie Lapin
  • Margaret Lee
  • Carol Bove
  • Dana Schutz
  • Jessica Stockholder
  • Jenny Saville
  • Tara Donovan
  • and others

Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections will offer a glimpse into the exciting interchange between contemporary artists and their passionate collectors.

The exhibition is co-curated by Kenneth E. Silver, New York University Professor of Modern Art and Bruce Museum Adjunct Curator of Art, and Mia Laufer, PhD candidate (Washington University in Saint Louis) and Bruce Museum Zvi Grunberg Resident Fellow.

It will be accompanied by a fully illustrated scholarly catalogue and educational programming including a lecture series, film series, and an audio guide.

Generously underwritten by the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, First Republic Bank, and Withers Bergman.


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