Monday, October 18, 2010

Response to my query about female artists

I emailed female artists and curators known from working with Gallery Aferro a request to hit reply with names of female artists-in any media, era and continent-whose work and/or lives they had found meaningful.

This is the list right now. I have typed it in order of response, with any repeats from person to person retained.

I was overwhelmed by the thoughtful and opinionated writing, stories and commentary I got back. I do not have permission as of right now to print it all, but it was inspiring and will not go unused in the universe.

Thank you to you all for your time in sending names, links and stories! At the bottom is my original email, please continue to add to this list.

Sadie Benning
Lynne Hershman Leeson
Shana Moulton
Mary Coble
Rene Green
Marianne Amache
Pauline Oliveros
Kara Walker

Ana Mendieta

Niki de Saint-Phalle

Martha Rosler

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Adrian Piper
Yoko Ono
Nancy Spero
Ana Mendieta

Paula Modersohn Becker

Elizabeth Murray

Lois Dodd

Joan Snyder

Louise Bourgeois

eva hesse
julia margaret cameron
elizabeth cotten
lady hawarden
adrienne rich
dorothea tanning
claude cahoun
agnes varda

Annette Messager
Cynthia Madansky
Martha Rosler

Yoko Ono

Yayoi Kusama

Lili St. Cyr
Jeanette Piccard

Nan Goldin

Ana Mendieta

meret Oppenheim

kiki smith

mona hatoum

Eva Hesse
Natalie Jeremijenko
Lee Bontecou
Mary Lucier
Steina Vasulka
Dara Birnbaum
Marina Abramovic
Louise Bourgeois
pipilotti rist
Kara Walker
Jennifer McCoy
emily breer
mary lum
Janet Cardiff
Kristin Lucas
shirin neshat

marjetica potrc
Alice Guy-Blaché

Catalina Parra

Mierle Laderman Ukeles

Maria Nordman

Joan Nelson
Eva Hesse
Louise Bourgeois
Lee Bontecou
Nancy Spero
Suzan Frecon
Ann Hamilton
Janine Antoni
Sarah Sze
Arlene Shechet
Johanna Drucker
Ghada Amer
Rosalind Krauss

Susan Sontag

Alluquere Rosanne Stone

louise bougeoise

kiki smith

doris salcedo

ann hamilton

janine antoni

harmony hammond

amy sillman

siobhan liddell

frances stark

tracey goodman

jillian conrad

sarah sze

uta barth

mama anderson

heather rowe

jessica stockholder

polly apfelbaum

linda benglis

sophie calle

ellen gallagher

jessie henson

rita mcdonald

rachel whiteread

mona hatoum

Nancy Spero

Lynne Cohen

Pipilotti Rist

Louise Bourgeois


Carolee Schneeman
Ursula von Rydingsvard
Barbara Kruger
Laura Hauptman
Thelma Golden
Linda Nochlin
Carol Duncan

janine antoni
ana mendieta
Marina Abramović
Patty Chang
Regina José Galindo

Frida Kahlo

Eva Hesse

Louise Bourgeois

The nameless women that have created the "artifacts" displayed today in museums, especially those that have created the intricate and beautiful textiles, jewelry, and pottery of the Pacific Northwest Native American tribes. African women artists' textile and pottery skills-- some of the most beautiful pottery pieces in the world have come from Africa and derive from women artists, who receive little credit for their inspired works.

Artemisia Gentileschi

Rosa Bonheur

Julia Margaret Cameron

Gertrude Stein

Imogen Cunningham

Dorthea Lange

Frida Kahlo

Meret Oppenheim

Martha Rosler

Hannah Wilke

Yayoi Kusama

Carolee Schneemann

Eva Hesse

Ana Mendieta

Annette Messager

Barbara Kruger

Lorna Simpson

April Gornik

Adrian Piper

Marina Abramovic

Kara Walker

Pipilotti Rist

Janet Cardiff

Jennifer Linton

Dana Schutz

Catherine Opie

Jenny Saville

Janine Antonie

Emily Kame Kngwarreye
patricia piccinini
polixeni papepetrou

Chantal Akerman
Gail Scott
Betye Saar
Ida Applebroog
Magdalena Abakanowicz
Viola Frey
Helen Mirra

Ntozake Shange
Nawaal Saadawi
Alice Walker

Lillian Bassman

"Hi everyone

I'm writing female artists and curators that I know to ask for a quick
"hit reply" with a name or names of notable female artists in any media, era or
continent whose work and/or lives mean something to you. We are
developing materials to share with the junior/senior female high
school students participating in Identity Blueprint, our pilot
educational program.

I am hoping to have our cool flyer and trifold online soon, but if you
would like this info I can share it with you via email more quickly!

We aren't aiming to develop an entire curriculum
per se but simply to have some interesting info about a diverse
selection of artists. Think about how you might have found out about
an artist who matters to you. It might have been in a bookstore or
from a friend. The point is you found out about them and it did
something for you.

The entire program is very much inspired by and shaped around the
activities of working female artists that we have been lucky enough to
get to know through Gallery Aferro. We therefore want to continue this
approach by asking you to contribute names. My personal contributions
include Carrie Mae Weems and Marjane Satrapi, but I think it will be
much, much better list if everyone joins in.

Thank you so much for being who you are, and for contributing to this
project! If you would like to share this call for names with friends,
please do so.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

objects needed

Hello out there. I'm preparing for a show at the Providence Natural History Museum. The museum collection is made up of a lot of things collected by amateurs, and pretty much anyone who wanted to donate to the museum could do so. So they have enormous archives of bugs, butterflies, nests, eggs, rocks, etc, some of which are rotting away, or unlabeled, or stored in cigar boxes. I am soliciting donations from people, and am creating a vitrine that inserts my new donations into the museum's collection. Also, there is a large collection of disassociated labels (lovely phrase!) which are labels- some of which are over a hundred years old- that have been separated from their objects. I am classifying them according to handwriting/label type and installing them in a display case in typical insect-display format. They are so pretty! Anyone who wants to send me an object for the museum collection (your favorite shell or rock, pressed plant, vial of sand or dust, etc) please contact me and I will let you know where to mail things. Or studio residents, you can put things on my desk in my studio. Please include your name, what you know about the item, and where it was found. I'll start installing in about three weeks.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

work ii - persistence

Notes On Derrida, l cooper
Notes On Derrida, l cooper
studio view

We had open studios as part of the Open Doors 2010 event ... alas I didn't take pictures as it was happening. I did make Pen Poems featuring clips of Derrida. It was funny when I gave them out, people often expected my name to be in them. I never thought of that actually. I'll have to consider it.


I understand my life and my work as a crocheted crazy quilt. The thread changes, stitches vary in size and spacing, ripples form throughout the fabric even as it grows. The end of each thread is tied to its predecessor, each stitch dependant on its confederates. After a while and with practice it begins to even out, growing into substance. Beautiful here, failed there. My work in every way is a series of minute tasks, deeply linked, one end to another.

In the studio there is the neuroticism of being alone with what one has made and trying to divine its merit. To see what one has done.

And then there is comfort in the comings and goings of others invested in this same way.