Destabilizing Canon: women in Pop Art & why don’t we know them

When we think of Pop Art we usually think of it as being a male dominated movement. Names such as Warhol, Lichtenstein, or Hamilton immediately spring to mind while it is almost impossible to recall a single female artist. But back in the days (1960s) pop art was not all about the blokes; female shared the art scene and the success with their male peers grappling with sexuality and consumer culture as much as their male counterparts. What has happened since and why have they fallen off the art historical map? In this Something Else interview with curator Maura Reilly and art historian Catriona Moore we shine the light back on them and expand the preconditioned understanding of what falls into the pop art movement. Listen to the PODCAST

When we think of Pop Art we usually think of it as being a male dominated movement. Names such as Warhol, Lichtenstein, or Hamilton immediately spring to mind while it is almost impossible to recall a single female artist. But back in the days (1960s) pop art was not all about the blokes; female shared the art scene and the success with their male peers grappling with sexuality and consumer culture as much as their male counterparts. What has happened since and why have they fallen off the art historical map? In this Something Else interview with curator Maura Reilly and art historian Catriona Moore we shine the light back on them and expand the preconditioned understanding of what falls into the pop art movement. Listen to the PODCAST

Maura Reilly is a New York and Sydney-based curator, arts writer, and educator. In 2007, together with Linda Nochlin, she co-curated critically acclaimed Global Feminisms exhibition, a major international exhibition of feminist contemporary art. Maura is also a Founding Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, the very first exhibition and public programing space in a U.S. museum devoted exclusively to feminist art. Her most recent publication Curatorial Activism: Toward an Ethics of Curating will be available in 2015.

Catriona Moore is art historian and the University of Sydney lecturer specialised in modern, postmodern and contemporary art with particular interest in feminist art and writing. In 2013, Catriona co-founded Contemporary Art & Feminism project steered by academics and curators with a long-standing commitment to the making, documentation, analysis and promotion of art practice and art writing informed by feminism.

Female Pop artists:

  • Evelyne Axell
  • Martha Rosler
  • Rosalyn Drexler
  • Marisol Escobar
  • Tracy Moffat
  • Pauline Boty
  • Idelle Weber
  • Vivienen Binns
  • Barbara Kruger
  • Cindy Sherman
  • Evelyne Axell
  • Marjori Strider
  • Bridgid McLean
  • Jenny Watson
  • Elaine Frances Sturtevant
  • Niki de Saint Phalle
  • Christa Dichgans
  • Kiki Kogelnik
  • Jan Haworth
  • Dorothy Iannonne
  • Vija Celmins
  • Yayoi Kusama
  • Faith Ringgold
  • Chryssa Vardea
  • Kay Kurt
  • Mara McAfee
  • Barbro Ostlihn
  • Alina Szapocznikow
  • Joyce Wieland
  • May Wilson
  • Letty Lou Eisenhauer
  • Sister Corita Kent
  • Yoko Ono

Works by some of these artists are currently on show as part of the Pop to Popism exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW (Sydney), showing until 1 March 2015.

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