Exhibition

Valie Export, still from Touch Cinema, 1968.

Reframing Feminism: Visualizing Women, Gender & Sexuality

September 8, 2017 - January 8, 2018
Teaching Gallery

What is, and what isn’t, feminist art? Reframing Feminism: Visualizing Women, Gender & Sexuality reflects on the relationships among art, activism, and feminist movements through a broad selection of artworks from the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum’s permanent collection. Works by such artists as Jeanne Dunning, Valie Export, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol, among others, require viewers to reconsider what constitutes a feminist art practice, who makes feminist art, and what role art plays for and within feminist movements. The exhibition poses questions about the position of gendered bodies in public space, as well as the complicated relationships between gender, race, and sexuality and consumer culture and commodification.

This Teaching Gallery exhibition is curated by Trevor Joy Sangrey, lecturer in the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and assistant dean in the College of Arts & Sciences, in conjunction with the course “Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies,” offered in fall 2017.

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Image credits

Above: Valie Export (Austrian, b. 1942), still from Touch Cinema, 1968. Black-and-white video with sound, 1:08 min. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University purchase with funds from Samuel Kootz Gallery, by exchange, 2014. © VALIE EXPORT / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VBK, Austria. Image courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

Thumbnail: Jeanne Dunning (American, b. 1960), study for The Extra Nipple, 1994. Cibachrome, 21 x 15 1/4 x 1 1/2" (framed). Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. Gift of Peter Norton, 2015.

Home page: Hannah Wilke (American, 1940–1993), still from Gestures, 1974. Black-and-white video with sound, 35:30 min. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. University Purchase, Bixby Fund, 2016. © Marsie, Emanuelle, Damon, and Andrew Scharlatt, Hannah Wilke Collection and Archive, Los Angeles. Image courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.