Wack!Feminist art strikes back
Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun Published: Saturday, October 11, 2008
After the French artist Orlan spritzed the crowd with perfume, American artist Lorraine O'Grady took the microphone. She was standing beside Mlle Bourgeoisie Noire, an evening dress made out of 180 pairs of white gloves that she wore for a performance-art work in 1980 in Manhattan.
Dressed in black, O'Grady said while she liked WACK! Art and the Feminism Revolution, she had one criticism of the Vancouver Art Gallery exhibition, which focuses on the convergence of feminism and art in the late 1960s and 1970s. She thought the exhibition signage lacked context. So she provided what was missing.
O'Grady talked about how her performance as Miss Black Middleclass included beating herself with a cat-o'-nine-tails made out of white rope and covered with 36 white chrysanthemums.
and a related story - an interview with Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun, October 11, 2008:
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The Vancouver Art Gallery show, WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, features paintings, drawings, videos, installations and sculptures by 120 artists from Canada and 20 other countries. It's also the first international museum survey of the impact of feminism on art.
Focussing on works produced in from 1965 to 1980, WACK! was first presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The Vancouver Sun talked with Connie Butler, the exhibition's curator who is now chief curator of drawings at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
How did you come up with the idea of doing an major survey exhibition
of feminist art?