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MoMA & Women Artists

By Marina Press

About Marina Press:  Marina holds a Master’s Degree in Art History and Museum Studies from the City College of New York (CUNY). She has contributed to art gallery exhibition catalogues that are currently in the collection of notable libraries like the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and the Art Institute of Chicago. Marina’s career began at the Neue Galerie New York and she later continued to serve as Associate Director at Bernarducci Meisel Gallery until December 2016. In addition to her expert background in art gallery and museum work, she is fluent in Russian, and conversational in Spanish.

Making Space: Women Artists and Postwar Abstraction (on view at the Museum of Modern Art through August 13, 2017) is an exhibition not just about art but also about making space for women in the recent history of art.

Walking through the permanent collection galleries in the MoMA, few women artists are seen. As a matter of fact, in mid-1980s the feminist art group, the Guerrilla Girls, counted the ratio of men to women artists in major museums; MoMA included. (Side note: They were called “weenie counts.”) They concluded that there was a lack of art by women hanging on the walls. Earlier, in 1971, art historian Linda Nochlin wrote the article “Why have there been no great women artists?”, which observed that the art historical canon doesn’t have a great deal of artists from the fairer sex because women were not given the same opportunities as male artists.

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