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The Very Best Of NYC Art
by Michelle Barnwell
March 13, 2009
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March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center is kicking off their first biennial, Women Forward! Curator Yuku Nii gathered 31 women artists with an emphasis on diversity—spanning age, medium and geography, in an effort to inspire dialogue about women’s struggles and successes. Part one will run Mar 7 until Apr 12, and in addition to the fine art on display there will be a poetry reading and performance on Mar 14, a panel discussion on the disparity of women and men artists in the collections of major museums on Mar 15, and Theatre Nights every Friday and Saturday in March, where the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective will perform A Woman’s Journey. Part two will open in April and will run through the end of May, for more information on featured artists see wahcenter.net.

Also honoring Women’s History Month is Beth Achenbach, who is presenting her solo exhibit, “In Search of Mother Nature” in conjunction with Art House Productions, opening on Mar 14 and hanging until Apr 11 in Jersey City. The selection of photographs feature women as subjects presented with an attribute typically associated with Mother Nature, including qualities such as femininity, wisdom and strength.

There will be several panel discussions focused on women taking place this month at the Brooklyn Museum, including “Unfinished Business” on Mar 21, which tackles the goals of American women of all ages in the 21st century. Closing on Apr 5 is “Burning Down The House: Building a Feminist Art Collection,” which examines the feminist idea of the “master’s house” from two different viewpoints: the museum as a historically male-dominated domain, and the notion of the house as the woman’s domain. While you’re there, be sure to check out the selected works from the Rubell Family collection of Hernan Bas paintings that run through May 24, and the progress of “Sun K. Kwak: Enfolding 280 Hours” as the artist and her team apply nearly three miles of black tape to the walls of the museum, set to open on Mar 27.

Beginning on Mar 12 at the Whitney Museum is an exhibit called “Protect Protect” by Jenny Holzer, who is considered by some to be one of the leading artists of her generation. The works presented will cover the last fifteen years of the artist’s work and it the most comprehensive study of Holzer in the United States to date.
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