Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958 - 1968

Major Exhibition at the University of the Arts Rediscovers Lost Legacy of Women Pop Artists

January 22 – March 15
Rosenwald-Wolf, Hamilton Hall & Borowsky Galleries

"Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958 – 1968," the first major exhibition of female Pop artists, takes aim at more accurately reflecting the depth of women's contributions to Pop Art.

"Traditionally, Pop Art has been defined and dominated by a small group of Anglo-American male artists," said curator Sid Sachs, who has been developing the exhibition for five years. "This show expands this narrow definition and re-evaluates the critical reception of Pop Art. Many of these artworks have not been shown in four decades.

"Seductive Subversion" features paintings and sculptures by Evelyne Axell, Pauline Boty, Vija Celmins, ChryssaNiki de Saint Phalle, Rosalyn Drexler, Dorothy Grebenak, Kay Kurt, Yayoi Kusama, Lee Lozano, Marisol, Mara McAfee, Barbro Östlihn, Faith Ringgold, Martha Rosler, Marjorie Strider, Alina Szapocznikow, Idelle Weber, Joyce Wieland and May Wilson.

The University has secured loans of artwork from the National Gallery, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), Neuberger Museum (Purchase, N.Y.) and major private collectors.

The show's main staging will be at the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery (333 S. Broad St., Philadelphia), with the Hamilton Hall Galleries (320 S. Broad St., Philadelphia) and Borowsky Gallery (401 S. Broad St., Philadelphia) hosting the balance of the art work. The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday noon–5 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For information, call 215-717-6480.                                              

"Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958 - 1968" was organized by the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts. This project, along with a documentary film by Glenn Holsten, has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, with additional support from the Marketing Innovation Program. Additional funding for the film is generously provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation and the Quaker Chemical Foundation.

Above: "Green Triptych" by Marjorie Strider, 1963, acrylic paint, laminated pine on masonite panels, 105 x 72 inches; courtesy of the Artist/Collection of Michael T Chutko; photography by Randal Bye.

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