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Questions about a womans place resonate in our culture, and conventional ideas persist about the house as a feminine space. This eye-opening exhibition features more than 30 global artists who conceive of home as a place for demonstration and liberation rather than a space solely for nurturing comfort and stability. This new exhibition forms a sequel to the famous project Womanhouse, developed in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. Similar to their artistic foremothers in the 1970s, contemporary artists in Women House recast conventional ideas about women and the home with acuity and wit, creating provocative photographs, videos, sculptures and room-like installations built with materials ranging from felt to rubber bands. Organized across eight themesincluding Desperate Housewives and Mobile HomesWomen House emphasizes the plurality of contemporary women artists views on the home. NMWA is the only U.S. venue for this cutting-edge exhibition organized by La Monnaie de Paris.
Image: Laurie Simmons, Walking House, 1989; Chromogenic print, 64 x 46 in.; Collection of Dr. Dana Beth Ardi; Photo courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York