10 of 80 + 1

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10 of 80 + 1

10 of 80 + 1

February 13 - April 25, 2024
CASE Gallery @ Westby Hall

(re)FOCUS celebrates the 50th anniversary of Philadelphia Focuses on Women in the Visual Arts/1974. It was one of the first large-scale surveys of the work of contemporary American women artists, signaling the inception of the American Feminist Art Movement. Like its 1974 predecessor, (re)FOCUS is a collaboration among large, small, and diverse visual arts institutions throughout the Philadelphia region. As a participating venue, Rowan University Art Gallery and Museum presents 10 of 80 + 1 featuring ten artists from our permanent collection who were in the original 1974 exhibition including Judith Bernstein. Her work, Horizontal, was censored from the 1974 show and in response, buttons were created by the organizers in protest of Berstein's removal. 10 of 80 + 1 will raise the issue of censorship as part of the exhibition with an essay by Kristin Qualls examining conditions existing in 1974 that led to the censorship of Berstein's work.

Participating artists include:
Pat Adam, Judith Bernstein, Blythe Bohnen, Louise Bourgeois, Diane Burko, Audrey Flack, Nancy Grossman, Lila Katzen, Alice Neel, Sylvia Sleigh.

10 of 80 + 1 complements our permanent installation, The Sister Chapel, created in 1978 as one of the most significant feminist collaborative installations of that time. Artists that comprise this installation include June Blum, Maureen Connor, Martha Edelheit, Elsa M. Goldsmith, Shirley Gorelick, Ilise Greenstein, Betty Holliday, Diana Kurz, Cynthia Mailman, Alice Neel, Sylvia Sleigh, May Stevens, and Sharon Wybrants.

The Sister Chapel was conceived by Ilise Greenstein, who envisioned a monumental “hall of fame” in which women’s achievements would be presented from a female perspective. Using a nominal pun on the Sistine Chapel, she proposed a secular, nonhierarchical alternative to the patriarchal system embodied in Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling fresco. Greenstein collaborated with twelve other women, whose individual contributions shaped the character and appearance of The Sister Chapel. Diverse contemporary and historical women, deities, and conceptual figures populate the all-female pantheon of The Sister Chapel. Above them, Greenstein’s enormous abstract ceiling features a mirrored center to remind visitors that there is no limit to women’s potential.

The Art of Censorship: Judith Bernstein and the Philadelphia Civic Center Museum essay.


(re)FOCUS 2024 participant