Woo for mid-week! Since it’s still cold in places, and I obvs have a particular affinity, the first fab topic is hats! There are SO MANY options if you’re looking for a cute way to keep all that heat in your head this winter!
Next up, some amazing artists who also happen to be ladies! The first, Hannah Höch, described as “the mother of photomontage,” her work was part of, and was also intentionally marginalized by her male peers, in the Dada movement. Despite the efforts of her critics, a new exhibit opening today at the Whitechapel Gallery in London highlighting her extraordinary work! Even seeing this small sample of her collages, I am intrigued, amused, and deeply impressed by her consistent ability to produce a single piece of art from multiple, totally unrelated images. Each piece conveys movement, unity, and a distinct element of introspective humor.
Wrapping up the general “ladies being awesome” theme today, is artist/photographer Carrie Mae Weems. I recently stumbled upon an article about her latest photography project: The Museum Series. Along with a Three Decade Retrospective of her work on view at the Guggenheim, this series will be up in Harlem at the Studio Museum later this month. The idea behind The Museum Series is the creation of a visual/photographic display of the disconnect between minority artists (in Weems’ case, specifically female and African-American) and the traditional artworks highlighted in large, established museums around the world (almost exclusively white male). “Weems invites viewers to contemplate instances of inequality, whether they be minor incidents in the home or a prejudiced construction of art history. In this series in particular, the artist asks viewers to meditate on museums not as pre-existing temples but man-made creations, in which some are included and others are not.” (via HuffPo’s Priscilla Frank)
I recently had a mini-moment at the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth when I realized that literally two of the pieces on display (in both the special exhibit and general collection) were artworks created by women. While I understand the cultural limitations and social pressures placed on females, and other minorities, over the course of history, clearly they were creating. Their exclusion from “premier” institutions and artistic societies is well documented, however, the continued effort to discredit/ignore/separate those works not only maintains outdated biases, but is inherently limiting for everyone. The massive loss of varied perspectives, techniques, and ideas cannot be condoned, especially in a culture aching to explore the “new” and “different.” Look no further than the traditionally disenfranchised, and get ready to escape your comfort zone!
Do you have a favorite winter hat and/or look? Have you tried pairing bold colors or monochrome? Are you interested in collage and/or photomontage? Are you interested in photography? Do you have a favorite artist who happens to be female? Do you have thoughts regarding the male-monopoly in traditional museums?