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Beyond Boundaries: Feminine Forms

September 28, 2017 - January 28, 2018

11 am - 4:30 pm daily

Class of 1912 Rare Book Room, Canaday Library

September 15, 2017 - March 18, 2018

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Historic Landmark Building,

118 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia

Beyond Boundaries: Feminine Forms is a dual-sited exhibition of artworks from The William and Uytendale Scott Memorial Study Collection of Works by Women Artists at Bryn Mawr College and the Linda Lee Alter Collection of Art by Women at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The collaboration, conceived by graduate students in the History of Art Mechella Yezernitskaya and Laurel McLaughlin, brings together two institutions, collections, and professional curatorial teams for an exhibition that highlights and reexamines each institution's inclusive efforts to collect artworks by women.

While considering the historical stakes of such strategic essentialism, the exhibition queries its rationale and continued relevance by recuperating its "feminine" gender criteria as a set of artistic strategies that refuse the gendered stereotypes to which art by women has been subjected. To do so, the curators propose 7 thematic constellations for subverting and reclaiming the "feminine" beyond biological, aesthetic, and social boundaries.

The sister-sited exhibition features over 80 works on paper, paintings, and sculptures by 72 artists, including Kara Walker, Lesley Dill, Betye Saar, Edna Andrade, Eleanor Heller, Nancy Spero, Joan Mitchell, and Kay Walkingstick. The two sites will be joined by programming and an exhibition catalogue available only at Bryn Mawr College.

Opening receptions

PAFA, Historic Landmark Building, Modern Galleries

Friday, September 15, 6-7:30pm, Curators Conversation with collector Bill Scott, 5:30pm


Bryn Mawr College, Canaday Library, Class of 1912 Rare Book Room

Thursday, September 28, 4:30-6pm

Related events

Colloquium Lecture

Jo Anna Isaak, John L. Marion Chair in Art History, Fordham University

Wednesday, September 27, 12:30pm, Thomas 224

Sponsored by the Center for Visual Culture

Curatorial Conversation

Jo Anna Isaak, John L. Marion Chair in Art History, Fordham University

Thursday, September 28, 12:00pm, Class of 1912 Rare Book Room

Artist Panel for PAFA's Points of View series

Judith Brodsky and Eileen Neff in conversation with curators

Saturday, October 7, 2pm, Auditorium, Historic Landmark Building, PAFA

Collector's Conversation

Linda Lee Alter, Artist, Collector, and Philanthropist

Thursday, October 13, 12:00pm, Class of 1912 Rare Book Room

Curators' Conversation for PAFA's Art at Lunch series

Mechella Yezernitzkaya and Laurel McLaughlin discuss collecting histories and museological frameworks

Wednesday, October, 25, 12pm, Auditorium, Historic Landmark Building, PAFA

Art-making Workshop

Neila Kun, Artist

Saturday, November 11, 11am-4pm, Arnecliffe Studio

Registration required.

Co-sponsored by the Art Club

Open Space Conversation

Ruth Fine, Artist and former Curator, National Gallery of Art

November 15, 12:00pm, Class of 1912 Rare Book Room

Co-sponsored by the Dean's Office and Museum Studies

Artist's Lecture

Lesley Dill, 2017 Fellow of The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

December 8, 6:30pm, Thomas Great Hall

Co-sponsored by the departments of History of Art, History, English, and LITS; the programs in Comparative Literature, Dance, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Museum Studies; The Center for Visual Culture and The Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities at Haverford College

Collector's Tour

Bill Scott, Artist, Collector, and Instructor at PAFA

January 24, 4:30pm, Class of 1912 Rare Book Room

See Friday Finds list for additional related events most Fridays at noon.