Collection Spotlight: Perspectives
August 19 – October 19, 2014
For the 2014-2015 exhibition season the Syracuse University Art Galleries celebrate women’s contributions to 20th century art. This small selection of artwork represents that unique and significant perspective since 1950, with a range of media from the modern masters of Abstract Expressionism, the Harlem Renaissance, and Feminist art.
Anne Ryan, Irene Rice Pereira and Helen Frankenthaler were among the artists that contributed to the rise of Abstract Expressionism, the first purely American art movement that marked the shift of the world’s creative capital from Paris to New York City. That shift would entice other international artists, including Marisol, to study and work in the United States. Pioneers like sculptor/printmaker Elizabeth Catlett would open the door for politically charged artists like May Stevens and Kara Walker to create work that draws attention to race, gender, and sexuality. Louisa Chase (‘73) is one of the few women to stand out in the male dominated Neo Expressionism movement.
Perspectives illustrates a specific and pivotal period of contemporary art, and represents only a fraction of the important and innovative female artists in the Syracuse University Art Collection.