The Brooklyn Museum, which changed direction last autumn, has announced that it will devote a year to feminism on art. The cycle will be entitled A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism”.
From October 2016, the museum will feature 10 exhibitions of works by feminist artists and will study their importance for art history over the past 50 years. In addition to seminars and a full programme of events, the museum will also invite the public to reflect on the shape of feminism in years to come.
The year will provide an opportunity to celebrate such great art personalities as Georgia O’Keeffe and Marilyn Minter, and introduce the mainstream public to lesser-known artists who have remained in the shadow of their male peers. A major event will also be devoted to Beverly Buchanan, an American painter and sculptor who use used architectural motifs to expound a deep analysis of gender inequality. Other exhibitions will be more thematic in approach and specific movements will also be explored.
A Year of Yes is a way for the New York museum to celebrate 10 years since the opening of the Elisabeth A. Sacler Center for Feminist Art, which is located on the fourth floor of the building. The Center made history when it opened in 2007, becoming the first space devoted to feminism in art. It is home to The Dinner Party, a large-scale installation by Judy Chicago that Elisabeth Sackler acquired for the Brooklyn Museum.
In 2012, Holland Cotter wrote in the New York Times that 1970s feminism changed the art world forever: “What art in the next 30 years will look like I don’t know, but feminist influences will be at its source.” That is what the Brooklyn Museum will try to prove from October.