Contemporary Women's Art In Poland, the first group show of Polish art to be mounted in New York since 1976. Conceived and designed specifically for SculptureCenter by one of Europe's foremost curators of contemporary art, Aneta Szylak, it is also the first major introduction of contemporary Polish women artists to the New York public. Many of these artists have never exhibited in the United States before.
Contemporary women's art in Poland
The recently re-located SculptureCenter in Long Island City, Queens, and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, in association with Poland's National Museum in Warsaw, are co-presenting Architectures Of Gender: Contemporary Women's Art In Poland, the first group show of Polish art to be mounted in New York since 1976. Conceived and designed specifically for SculptureCenter by one of Europe's foremost curators of contemporary art, Aneta Szylak, it is also the first major introduction of contemporary Polish women artists to the New York public. Many of these artists have never exhibited in the United States before.
SculptureCenter, in its dramatic new space, will host 16 artists whose primary means of artistic expression is the medium of installation, which, with its complexity and ability to stimulate all the viewer's senses, seems to be the medium most capable of gendering space.
Architectures of Gender will feature numerous separate spaces utilized by the artists for site-specific installations of diverse aesthetics and with a variety of points of view. Their positions range from more political stances and critical approaches to reality to the more private and individualistic ones. Visitors will pass through a gallery of issues related to gender, as they area addressed in women's art practice, such as feminism, sexuality, domesticity, and intimacy. The exhibition will be perceived as a coherent whole primarily on the basis of the interaction between the individual works and the new gallery space. The concept of "space" in this exhibition ranges from "gallery space", through "social space", to private emotional space. The space has been physically, architecturally, culturally, psychologically transformed, redefined, marked, and affected.
SculptureCenter is located in the heart of Long Island City's burgeoning cultural district, within walking distance of MoMA QNS.
Artists included in the exhibition:
Izabella Gustowska, Elzbieta Jablonska, Katarzyna Jozefowicz, Agnieszka Kalinowska, Katarzyna Kozyra, Zofia Kulik, Natalia LL, Dorota Nieznalska, Hanna Nowicka-Grochal, Paulina Olowska, Anna Plotnicka, Jadwiga Sawicka, Dominika Skutnik, Monika Sosnowska, Julita Wojcik, Karolina Wysocka
In the image: 'Płynac I', 1996, installation, Izabella Gustowska
Publication and Public Programs:
Architectures of Gender will be augmented by several public programs and a catalogue with in-depth essays on the exhibition itself and on its broader context in the history of Polish feminism, which developed under socio-political conditions entirely different from those in the United States.
Public programs will create an opportunity for audiences to interact directly with the curator and artists and will provide a broad artistic, historical and social context for the artists' work and the exhibition.
Saturday April 12 4pm
Artist-led Exhibition Walkthrough
Monday, April 14th 8 pm
The Female Allergen: Art and Society in Poland Today
Panel Discussion at Vera List Center for Art and Politics at New School University
location: 66 West 12th Street, Manhattan, Room 510
Host: Sondra Farganis
Panelists: Elzbieta Matynia Aneta Szylak, Shana Penn and commentators: Maureen Connor, Agnieszka Graff, Dorota Monkiewicz, and Mira Schor
Saturday, April 26 4 pm
Exhibition Tour with Curator Aneta Szylak
Wednesday, April 30
Polish Women Artists' Films in the 1970s and 1980s
location: The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Subway: E or V to 23rd & Ely; 7 to 45th Road at Courthouse Square or G to Court Square
This project has been funded by grants from the Trust for Mutual Understanding,the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland and is co-sponsored by LOT Polish Airlines, LOT Cargo, and Polish Security Printing, Warsaw.
SculptureCenter is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional foundation support from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
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