MAKING IT TOGETHER March 2-August 4th 2008

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BRONX MUSUEM OF THE ARTS “MAKING IT TOGETHER”
EXPLORES THE ART OF COLLABORATION DURING THE FEMINIST MOVEMENT
Guest-curator: Carey Lovelace.

Sunday, March 2, 2008, 2-6pm. (On view through August 4th)

The exhibition explores an important chapter in recent history when women
artists, inspired by the 1970s Feminist Movement, worked collectively in new ways to
engage communities and address social issues.

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Installation by graffiti artists: Lady Pink, Toofly, Dona, and Muck

BRONX MUSUEM OF THE ARTS
The flagship cultural institution of The Bronx, founded in 1971, The Bronx Museum of the
Arts focuses on 20th-century and contemporary art, while serving the culturally diverse
populations of The Bronx and the greater New York metropolitan area. The museum’s home
on the Grand Concourse is a distinctive contemporary landmark designed by the
internationally-renowned firm Arquitectonica.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts maintains a permanent collection of 20th and 21st-century
works by artists of African, Asian, and Latin American ancestry. Additionally, the Museum
collects works by artists for whom The Bronx has been critical to their artistic practice and
development. The Museum’s educational offerings spring from these central programs with
outreach to children and families as well as adult audiences. For more information please
visit www.bronxmuseum.org.

“Artist teams and groups have become an increasingly fashionable mode in recent years,”
says guest curator critic Carey Lovelace. “Feminist Art laid the groundwork for this,
challenging ideas about authorship, particularly the myth of the solo male artist.”
The movement pioneered new approaches to group identity through various means such as
collaborative performances, women’s co-ops, “leaderless” institutions and inclusive artworks
engaging communities. Set to coincide with WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, which
opens at P.S.1 in February 2008, the exhibition will feature key performances and visual-arts
collectives, showcasing innovative examples of activist art created in the 1970s and early
1980s through video and photo documentation as well as various ephemera.
“Today,” remarks Lovelace, “artists are seeking ways to make potent political statements.
The women in this exhibition created art works that truly affected the world.”
Among those showcased are Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz, whose landmark, multi-
part event Three Weeks in May (1977), recreated into a large-scale installation, combining
art-related performances and public workshops, was at the forefront of the movement against
sexual violence. Spiderwoman Theatre (1975), a Native American collective,
communicates native tradition and feminist issues through “storyweaving.” Other groups
represented include the Guerilla Girls, whose satiric posters challenged art-world gender and
racial politics, the Heresies collective, who deployed innovative Feminist approaches to
publishing to produce a legendary journal, and Judy Baca’s Great Wall of Los Angeles, the
world’s largest mural, which employed “at risk” youth to research, visually imagine, and
paint the “hidden histories” of the California Southland.
A newsprint publication will accompany the exhibition, featuring an essay by Lovelace, co-
president emeritus of the U.S. Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics, who
has written essays on topics related to feminist art for Art in America, Artforum, ARTnews,

Art on Paper and many other publications. Making It Together marks Lovelace’s debut as a
curator.In addition, as a counterpart to Making It Together, The Bronx Museum will also feature
Highlights of the Permanent Collection: Women Artists, a special exhibition from its
permanent collection highlighting women artists whose works comment on social and
political situations. Artists include Tania Bruguera, Ana Mendieta, Adrian Piper, Elizabeth
Rodriguez, Graciela Sacco, Gary Simmons and Rachel Lachowicz, and Carrie Mae Weems.
PUBLIC PROGRAMS
In conjunction with the exhibition Making It Together: Women’s Collaborative Art and
Community, the Bronx Museum will present an exciting series of panels and public programs
on the art of collaboration.

Panel Discussion: Collaboration and Feminist Practice
SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 3:00 pm
North Wing—2nd Floor
Admission: $5.00, free for Bronx Museum members

Having as point of departure the exhibition Making it Together, the panel will trace the role
of feminist thought and gender-based critique in shaping artists’ collaborative and collective
practices that have been growing in importance over the past 30-plus years.
Participants: Faith Wilding, Emily Roysdon, Wendy Babcox, Uzma Z. Rizvi, Tiffany
Ludwig, Renée Piechocki, and Carey Lovelace.
Moderator: Amy Mackie, Curatorial Assistant, New Museum.
First Fridays! Words and Sounds in the Soul of Life
Celebrating Women’s History Month
FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 6:00 to 10:00 pm
South Building—Lower Gallery
Admission: Free

First Fridays! creates the perfect soundtrack to celebrate the opening of the exhibition
Making it Together. An all female line-up provides words and sounds by and for women.
With DJ Moni (Ubiquita-NYC), Shanelle Grabiel (HBO’S Def Poetry Poet), LaTasha Diggs
(Writer, Sound Artist, Harlemite), and Grupo Yaya (Bomba, Plena and Roots Music)
Family Affair—The Art of Togetherness
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
North Wing—3rd Floor
Free with Museum admission

An intergenerational hands-on workshop exploring ideas related to the three exhibitions on
view. Guided tours, music, snacks!
A Day of Collaborative Performance
SATURDAY, MAY 17, 12:00 to 6:00 pm
North Wing—2ndFloor
Admission: $5.00, free for Bronx Museum members

Contemporary collectives do outrageous Work! A day long performance at the Museum
featuring The Brainstormers (in collaboration with the Guerilla Girls), Crystal Brown and
InSpirit, Six-Plus, Ridykeulous, Broadband, and much, much more….

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CONCURRENT EXHIBITION AT THE BRONX MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
Teen Council Presents: Jamel Shabazz
On view in the North Wing
March 2 – August 4, 2008

The Bronx Museum’s Teen Council class of 2007-2008 organizes a small exhibition of
photographs by Jamel Shabazz based on the theme of community. During their tenure, the
Teen Council conducted an interview with Shabazz for the education department’s DVD
series. The teens worked in collaboration with Shabazz and assistant curator Erin Riley-
Lopez to put the exhibition together.

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