Monday, June 25, 2018

Current Exhibition: "Reclamation" at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont - through Sept. 8!

Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \

Image by artist Daryl Zang 

Opening Reception: Friday, June 15, 5pm - 7pm
Exhibition on View: June 15-September 8, 2018
Public Program: Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \ TALKSAugust 4th, 7pm at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center
Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \ : Noun; the process of claiming something back or of reasserting a right.
Please visit this latest exhibit of women painting women in beautiful Stowe, Vermont! This exhibition features the following nationally-acclaimed, contemporary figurative women artists painting women from their perspective and experience:
The venue, the Helen Day Art Center, is driven by an ambitious curatorial vision shaped by the pursuit of meaning in contemporary art. The Art Center pursues exhibitions that address relevant topics in daily life where the artists and artworks included add valuable perspectives to complex social, political, and cultural dialogues. Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \  is no exception: As background, in 2009, three artists decided to explore how women depicted women as subjects of their art, and whether it was different than that of the “male gaze” which regularly portrays women as passive objects of beauty to be observed and enjoyed. The project caught fire and has grown to include more than a dozen gallery and museum exhibitions, both in the US and abroad.
Inspired by this project, we are making a strong statement to reclaim and transform the way women are portrayed. Through the work in this exhibition, we will view women in their lives and environments as active participants. By choosing to portray women, painted by women, in the traditional form of realistic figurative painting in contemporary times, we are also bringing to attention the long history of figurative painting, in which inequality is pervasive. 
Women are the future and it’s past time for equality. Every step we make toward this goal is a step forward for humanity. We are creating an exciting, dynamic show that actively engages the viewer in broadening their view of women in art and in the world we all share.
Rachel Moore- Director and Curator, Helen Day Art Center
Diane Feissel- Artist, Co-founder of Women Painting Women, and Co-Curator
August Burns- Artist and Co-Curator

Public Programs:

  • Reclamation \ ˌre-klə-ˈmā-shən \ TALKS: August 4th, 7p.m.
    • This TEDx style event is in partnership with Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. These talks build upon the the national conversation sparked by the #MeToo movement. In the talks, speakers will explore their perspective on the topic of Women and Power including body positivity, media literacy, art history, and how gender bias impacts women's lives, with the art world as one arena. Speakers will be announced beginning in June 2018. 
  • Panel Discussion TBA
    • We will present a panel discussion with artists from the exhibition and one of the curators 
  • Film Screenings in the West Gallery, Curated by Rachel Moore
    • The West Gallery will include film screenings relating thematically to the exhibition and include discussions with film directors and partnerships with film organizations