Can you name five women artists?
Many people can't. In honor of Women’s History Month (March), we teamed up with cultural organizations around the world to share important contributions by women in our exhibitions and programs.
In a broad range of styles, many women displayed their work in both group and solo shows here at LICM:
- Alli Berman is known as an abstract artist. Her paintings are not about what we see in the natural world but use color, lines, and form to share moods, feelings and ideas. Her artwork combines vibrant, layered colors and dream imagery with her passion for family, love, and life’s unending connections. Alli Berman has lived and studied art all over the world: New York, Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Galapagos Islands and Europe.
- Myra Kooy creates art as a direct reaction to her immediate environment. She interweaves her personal history with the historical juices of found materials to guide her expression. This constant exploration and merging of the physical world with human emotions is expressed through assemblage, sculpture, murals, paintings and installation art.
- Meryl Taradash is both an artist and an engineer, inspired by the physics of wind and light. She creates public art with the belief it affects people in subtle and unexpected ways. Each of her completed sculptures assumes a life of its own, dependent on the will of the wind and light of the sun. Her sculpture "Wind Dancing" is now visible on the exterior of our building.
- Jeanmarie Walsh Mansfield takes a close look at migrant workers who are the backbone of our food industry in her photography exhibition “Where does your fruit come from?” She explored social justice through a lens that is accessible to children. Photographs of immigrants in the fields depicted the arduous work that goes into getting an apple into the grocery store. Jeanmarie is now LICM’s Associate Director of Education and manages art programming.
- Sandra D. Dwileski showcases the idea that nature is incredibly beautiful and welcoming, but can be almost frightening at the same time. Her interest in natural objects reflects the swell of emotion that surfaces when a person is deep within wild places. Her work is about being engulfed in nature, how musical and tranquil it can be, and seeing many perspectives of landscape at once.
- Shirley Parker-Benjamin presented an exhibit "Dreamscapes" following her time as an artist-in-residence for Salvage City. Her exhibit focused on dreams and their translation into images that were two and three dimensional, exploring the idea of feminine and masculine using materials found in nature. The layering process throughout the artwork was linked to the Egyptian idea of mummification, in essence a preservation of a dream image.
Alli Berman works in her studio to create puzzle art therapy, interactive art that increases visual perception and enhances cognitive skills.
Alli Berman's “Swirls, Waves and Puzzles" was an interactive mural in KaleidoZone in 2011, always changing as squares with velcro were rearranged by visitors as they passed through the space.
Myra Kooy's community-building project "Handprints Extravaganza!!” was created during the artist's stay on Long Island's North Fork, where she painted and pressed unique hand-stamps onto several multi-paned glass windows.
Handprints Extravaganza!!, Myra Kooy
"My sculpture is designed to move with the wind and change with the light. The unpredictability of natural forces is essential to my work as a sculptor." -Meryl Taradash. This piece is now part of our building's exterior.
The story of Meryl Taradash's “Wind Dancing" was told through planning sketches, prototypes, models and photographs of her process in her metal shop on display in KaleidoZone in 2010.
This #5womenartists campaign launched by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) sparks conversation about gender parity in the arts.
Who are some of your favorite women artists?