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Event: 'THE MOOD BACK HOME'Print
  Art
Date: Friday, November 21, 2008 - 3:00 pm
Duration: 3 Hours
Repeat Event: Every Day
Contact Info:
Suzy Spence & Leslie Brack Tel: 917-923-3832
Email: suzy@suzyspence.com
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THE MOOD BACK HOME, an exhibition inspired by Womanhouse Momenta Art in Brooklyn, NY, February 12 - March 16, 2009Photo Credit: Alyson AlianoThough the dreaded career/family dilemma that some women face in their late 30's is well documented in popular culture, it hasn't been addressed enough in art circles. Time travelers and painters Leslie Brack and Suzy Spence, reflect on their parallel lives as emerging artists cum homemakers by curating a group exhibition of women artists, THE MOOD BACK HOME, to take place at Williamsburg gallery Momenta Art, in Brooklyn, NY on February 12 – March 16, 2009.The shared challenges of balancing career – going from exhibiting work to changing diapers – inspired conversations and a shared enthusiasm for the seminal feminist project WOMANHOUSE (1972). This landmark project appealled to Brack and Spence because it was the product of their mothers’ generation, when women artists undertook a critical negotiation of motherhood, marriage, domestic work, and their careers. (Please visit www.suzyspence.com/womanhouse to learn more about Womanhouse).Reviewing the sparsely documented Womanhouse project together, Brack and Spence found that the installations “Womb Room” (Faith Wilding), “Menstruation Bathroom” (Judy Chicago), and the all-pink “Kitchen” (collaborative), still held their relevance 37 years later, evoking an uncomfortable laughter with their direct, raw interpretations of gender inequality and domestic issues. Like “WOMANHOUSE,” the exhibition, “The Mood Back Home,” will address the stubborn nature of gender-prescribed domesticity and its effect on women artists. The exhibition will highlight Johanna Demetrakas’ documentary film, “Womanhouse,” in the gallery, but will otherwise focus on work of a new generation of women, the ostensible inheritors of 70s era feminism.“We heard the cautionary tales from an older generation of artists that art and children don't mix, but I rebelled and took the challenge. Then I wondered, was I crazy? Motherhood was a wake up call that echoed through the ages, helping me to make sense of the efforts of artists like Judy Chicago, Lynda Benglis, Karen Finley and The Guerilla Girls,” says Suzy Spence.


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