In an op-ed for Artnet, Susan Unterberg writes about her experiences as an artist—and as the founder of Anonymous Was A Woman, an organization that has awarded more than $6 million in grants to 240 women artists over the age of 40 since it began in 1996.
Unterberg’s feminist philanthropy comes with no strings attached, allowing artists freedom regarding how their funds are used. “This kind of philanthropy brings with it the non-judgmental understanding that paying for childcare may be as valuable as investing in new materials or traveling for a project,” she writes.
Zadie Smith examines Kara Walker’s drawing what I want history to do to me (1994), exploring the complexities of black womanhood and desire in Walker’s oeuvre.
Bonnie MacLean, the celebrated psychedelic artist who designed posters for rock music legends such as the Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix, has died at age 80.
The New York Times Style Magazine reviews Haegue Yang’s In the Cone of Uncertainty, on view at The Bass in Miami.
The Palestine Museum US in Woodbridge, Connecticut, will celebrate International Women’s Day with an exhibition of more than 200 works by 50 Palestinian female artists.
The National Gallery of Australia’s Know My Name public art event will activate 1,500 locations across the country with works by 45 female-identifying Australian artists from the gallery’s collection.
Novels by Virginia Woolf, Angela Carter, and Emily Brontë are headed to the theater this year; the shows’ creative teams reflect on bringing well-loved stories to the stage.
Shows We Want to See
Multimedia Brazilian artist Solange Pessoa’s first European solo show, In the Sun and the Shade, is on view at Mendes Wood DM in Brussels through April 11; this coincides with her first solo show in the U.S., Longilonge, on view at Ballroom Marfa in Texas through April 19. Pessoa’s work is inspired by the archaeology, ancestry, and history of her home, Minas Gerais. It explores the harmonies that exist between religion, modernity, and the natural world.
At the Museum of Latin American Art in California Arte, Mujer y Memoria: Arpilleras from Chile is on view through March 29. The exhibition features over 30 arpilleras, colorful textile works that document the experiences of Chilean citizens under the Pinochet regime, created by women affected. The works were created anonymously and sold internationally through women-centered networks established by exiles and their allies. Hyperallergic reviews the show.
—Alexa Kasner is the spring 2020 publications and communications/marketing intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.