Hirshhorn opens exhibition showcasing a century of art by nearly 50 pathbreaking women and nonbinary artists
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Hirshhorn opens exhibition showcasing a century of art by nearly 50 pathbreaking women and nonbinary artists
Katharina Fritsch, Display Stand with Madonnas, 1987–1989. Aluminum, plaster, and paint. As installed: 106 5/8 x 32 1/4 in. (270.8 x 81.9 cm). Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 1999. Photo by Cathy Carver.

WASHINGTON, DC.- The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden presents “Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection,” an exhibition devoted to the work of nearly 50 women and nonbinary artists in the Hirshhorn’s collection. The exhibition brings together almost a century of work in a range of media drawn exclusively from the museum’s holdings, beginning with early works by Carlotta Copron, Barbara Hepworth and Julia Thecla. One-quarter of the artworks have been made in the past decade by the likes of Loie Hollowell, Rachel Jones, Deana Lawson, Sondra Perry and Kiyan Williams. Recent acquisitions include art works by Dana Awartani, Zanele Muholi and Billie Zangewa that reflect the museum’s mission to highlight global voices. Many works from the permanent collection that have never been seen before at the Hirshhorn also are on view, notably an untitled 1974–1975 mosaic by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Ana Mendieta’s “Blood and Feathers” (1974) and Diana Thater’s installation, “Oo Fifi, Five Days in Claude Monet’s Garden, Parts 1 and 2” (1992).

Titled after a 1963 painting by American pop artist Rosalyn Drexler, whose work is featured in the exhibition, “Put It This Way” is organized by Hirshhorn Associate Curator Anne Reeve. The exhibition speaks to traditionally marginalized artists’ decisive and virtuosic achievements, and investigate a wide array of aesthetic, political and historical concerns. The full-floor presentation is intended to encourage conversations around the significance of gender in creating and perceiving an artwork and the effects of categorizing artists by gender.

Encompassing a wide range of media, subject matter, sensibilities and approaches, the exhibition engages with the complexities and contradictions of approaching art through the lens of gender and the idea of “woman artist” as an easily defined or decisive category. Set against current and ongoing conversations regarding gender, power and professional recognition, and featuring work by artists including Zarouhie Abdalian, Drexler, Eva Hesse, Eva Lewitt, Joan Mitchell, Roberts, Betye Saar, Carolee Schneemann, Michelle Stuart and Alma Thomas, “Put It This Way” captures the breadth, radicality and rigor of art made by traditionally underrepresented artists and investigates the ways that gender itself can be understood in relation to the creation and presentation of art.

Artists Featured in "Put It This Way”

Artists in the exhibition are Agnes Martin, Alma Thomas, Amy Sillman, Ana Mendieta, Anne Truitt, Anni Albers, Arlene Shechet, Barbara Hepworth, Betye Saar, Billie Zangewa, Carlotta Copron, Carolee Schneemann, Cecily Brown, Christina Quarles, Dana Awartani, Deana Lawson, Deborah Roberts, Diana Thater, Dorothea Rockburne, Emily Mae Smith, Eva Hesse, Eva LeWitt, Guerrilla Girls, Helen Lundeberg, Isa Genzken, Jay DeFeo, Jennie C. Jones, Joan Mitchell, Judy Dater, Julia Thecla, Katharina Fritsch, Kiyan Williams, Lee Bontecou, Lesley Vance, Liz Deschenes, Loie Hollowell, Louise Nevelson, Mary Bauermeister, Michelle Stuart, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Nancy Spero, Niki de Saint Phalle, Rachel Jones, Rosalyn Drexler, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Senga Nengudi, Sondra Perry, Zanele Muholi and Zarouhie Abdalian.

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