Carrie Mae Weems, Louvre, 2006, Digital c-print, 73 x 61 in., © Carrie Mae Weems. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, 2014.1.24
September 18, 2020 - January 2, 2021

What Women Want

What do women want? Political, economic, social, and cultural equality. This year, 2020, marks the 100-year anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States and the amendment that granted women the right to vote. Though a monumental moment in history, activists around the world since then have worked to enact social reform and equal opportunity for all. A range of women’s movements evolved over the course of the 20th and 21st centuries to unveil, confront, and challenge the private and public faces of sexism, commonly building on the notion the “personal is political.” The artworld continuously echoes and shapes the progression of these movements through limitless artistic expression.

Artists have often favored photography as an effective medium to record and redefine women’s history. Some photographers further challenge gender conventions by turning the camera on themselves as a statement of power. In doing so, women are no longer the object of the composition but rather, become the subject.

This exhibition, drawn from the Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, features self-portraits by artists Carrie Mae Weems, Shirin Neshat, Zanele Muholi, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Dana Hoey. These artists engage deeply with history and the present to disrupt the established gender norms and construct new definitions of women in society.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, A Prayer for Obama, 2008-14, Pigmented UltraChrome K3 ink prints, 32 1/2 x 25 in., © María Magdalena Campos-Pons. Image courtesy of the artist, 2015.1.3
Dana Hoey, We On, 2016, Digital Print, 24 x 36 in., © Dana Hoey. Image courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York

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