Today, as part of the events related to the exhibition of "Why Not?!" (on view now at the Burt Chernow Gallery in the Housatonic Museum of Art) I went with two of my friends, Sheila Kaczmarek and Marjorie Lutz to the
"Lunch and Learn" guided tour of the museum collection
There, Ann Chernow talked about women artists in the permanent collection, such as her own Time After Time. She also talked about her friends, the visionary Jeanne Claude and her partner Christo. Ann’s late husband, Burt, founder of HMA, explains in his book on the couple how the two together invented a whole new approach to art, as seen in Running Fence. So Ann talked a little bit about this book and some personal experience with the couple.
After the talk, we took a Guided Tour of Housatonic collection with emphasis on women artists, such as Elaine de Kooning’s Family, Lee Bontecou, Alice Baber, Renee Schumacher, Sylvia Sleigh, Doris Cesar, Jane Freilicher and Jane Peterson. Some in the collection are involved in WCA-CT: June Ahrens, Camille Eskell, Alberta Cifolelli, and Susan Sharp. Suzanne Benton’s monoprint, Votes for Women, is very timely.
We had a great time and enjoyed the collection very much. I really recommend people to come to the Museum and take a look at their collection, and while there don't miss out the exhibition of Why Not!? until Friday, October 24th, 2008 , in the Burt Chernow Galleries.
For more information about the show and to see the women artists participating in this show go to: http://www.wca-ct.org/gallery/why/why.html
By the way, save this date:
6:45 Panel Discussion: Re-Invent: WHY NOT?!
Panelists: Prill Boyle, best-selling author of Defying Gravity about late-blooming women; Lisa Paul Streitfeld, critic and artist in NYC; Suzanne Sheridan, photographer, singer, songwriter.
Housatonic Museum of Art
at the Housatonic Community College
Secure parking is under the college at
900 Lafayette Blvd
Bridgeport, CT 06604
(just off Exit 27 of I-95)