Curated by MIRA SCHOR, artist and writer
A Juried Exhibition Open to All Women Artists
Entry Deadline: April 30, 2013
Submission Fee: $40.00 for 3 images OR a video submission (additional Images are $5.00 each)
A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to announce the open call for CURRENTS, a timely and innovative biennial exhibition series. CURRENTS addresses contemporary issues that warrant expanded critical attention in the art world. A.I.R. invites non-traditional curators (artists, activists, writers,) to collaborate with the gallery in developing the exhibition theme.
AIR’s third presentation in the CURRENTS exhibition series will be curated by Mira Schor, entitled “A ‘Womanhouse’ or a Roaming House? “A Room of One’s Own” Today,” and revisits the requisite territory for artistic production by women visual artists suggested by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and articulated at Womanhouse in Los Angeles in 1972.
As many around the world are considering reviving the model of the commons as an alternative to global capitalism’s privatization of the social, and as local geographies compete with global identities, this exhibition considers the following questions: What is the room today? Who occupies it? What is the space necessary for an artist to make art in and for whom? Rather than a “Womanhouse” ought we now envision a Rooming House or a Roaming House? This exhibition invites artists working in a variety of media from video, photography, painting, sculpture and installation, and collaborations in all media, to revisit the premise of one of the most important and famous feminist art projects in feminist art history, Womanhouse, which included some of the first major instances of installation art in the United States, as well as sculpture, painting, and performance, as each participating woman artist considered how she might envision and interpret the room she chose, be it the bedroom, the nursery, the bathroom, the kitchen, and stairs, doors, or just the very basic notion of shelter. This theme can be interpreted in any way that takes into account the gendering of space, the ownership of domestic space, and ideas about the basis of creativity as either a private pursuit or a public one.
Mira Schor is a painter and writer living in New York City. Her primary subject has been the embodiment of meaning within the material and pictorial qualities of painting, balancing political and theoretical concerns with formalist and material passions. Her work in drawing and painting includes gendered narratives in representations of the body and of language; recent paintings are intimate painterly cartoons, furthering her interest in narrativity and autobiography within a political and conceptual field. She received her MFA from CalArts and has been the recipient of awards in painting from the Guggenheim, Marie Walsh Sharpe, and Pollock-Krasner Foundations, as well as the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism and a Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. She is the author of A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life and the blog A Year of Positive Thinking, as well as the author of Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture and the co-editor, with Susan Bee, of M/E/A/N/I/N/G. She has recently shown her work at CB1 Gallery in Los Angeles and Marvelli Gallery in New York City.
– All women artists, including self-identified women, may submit original works of art.
– Painting in any medium, photography, prints, drawing, works on paper, new media, sculpture, mixed media, traditional or non-traditional materials are welcome. **
– There is no size limit on artwork.
**Please note that installations will only be accepted if they have been completed. NO PROPOSALS for installations will be accepted.**
For Video Submissions Only: We ONLY accept video submissions as a URL on YouTube. Submit your URL in the field provided in the online application.
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