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Reading Room: The Feminist Art of Self-Help

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018 to Saturday, 30 June 2018
Saturday, 9 June 2018 - 7:00pm

Reading Room: The Feminist Art of Self Help  is a group exhibition that explores the work of artists who critique gender essentialism of Feminism from within and outside its movements. Rooted in the tradition of experimental and intersectional Feminist arts, exhibiting artists create new visual language and interventions in response to current and urgent political formations.

By taking refuge in architectural and emotional interiors, these artworks collectively propose radical Feminist aesthetics. To spend time in a “reading room” implies an investment in returning to foundational histories; a willingness to revise prior positions, as well an openness to new information. This act is a form of self-study that has the capacity to transform artistic practices into collective political action.

Reading Room exhibiting artists not only call for political action, but also the creation of safe spaces and dedication to self-care. This desire for safeguarded private and public space comes from an awareness of the inescapability of their own bodies that are legislated, hold trauma, and reproduce social, political, and biological histories. Reading Room addresses the desire to revisit and put to use Feminism in its full and sometimes messiest iterations of hope and desire.

Participating Artists:

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

Christen Clifford

Rickie Dwyer

Nicki Green

Linda Montano

Laura Parnes

Grace Rosario Perkins

Annie Sprinkle

Beth Stephens

Julie Tolentino

Stephanie Young

Museum of Woman

The Canaries (Jess Cohen & Taraneh Fazeli)


Reading Room is in concert with a later exhibition, Curriculum, which will open at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York on January 18, 2019.

Reading Room is free, open to the public, and includes a Creative Station - all ages art activities hosted in our classroom during the 2nd Saturday opening reception.


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1131 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

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