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Women's Work

Contemporary Women Printmakers from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation

FEBRUARY 25 - APRIL 2, 2008

Works by Annie Albers, Louise Bourgeois, Suzanne Caporael, Squeak Carnwath, Vija Celmins, Helen Frankenthaler, Ellen Gallager, M.K. Guth, Jane Hammond, Mary Heilmann, Julia Jacquette, Fay Jones, Barbara Kruger, Hung Liu, Agnes Martin, Julie Mehretu, Sarah Morris, Wangechi Mutu, Louise Nevelson, Judy Pfaff, Bridget Riley, Kiki Smith, Pat Steir, Kara Walker, Marie K. Watt, and Sherrie Wolf.

Women's Work was organized collaboratively by Terri M. Hopkins, director of The Art Gym, Marylhurst University and John Olbrantz, the Maribeth Collins Director of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University, Salem, Oregon. Both curators express their appreciation and thanks to Jordan Schnitzer and his family foundation for making his extensive collection of contemporary prints available to curators for research and presentation. This is the third exhibition that we have organized together from this wonderful collection. Like its predecessors, Pressure Points and Keys to the Koop, Women's Work will travel to additional venues in the next two years. Once again we offer special thanks to foundation vice president Kandis Brewer Nunn, collections manager Catherine Malone and art program manager Kelly Kerwick for their assistance throughout the process of organizing these exhibitions.

– Terri M. Hopkins, director and curator, The Art Gym

"Collectively, the 56 prints that comprise Women's Work: Contemporary Women Printmakers from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation testify to the innovative breadth and variety of printmaking approaches taken by women since the early 1970s. That the work on view in this exhibition follows closely upon many recent events and publications that celebrate the art-historical legacy of feminism – such as WACK Art and the Feminist Revolution (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles) and Global Feminisms (Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, New York) – should come as no surprise. Women's Work makes known a variety of stylistic formats that address overlapping issues of gender, the body and personal fantasies of desire, as well as more recent concerns of identity, politics and the environment. Often laced with humor and a sense of playfulness, this work share a creative personal vision deeply integrated with references to larger historical themes and conceptual motifs."

– Robin Reisenfeld, Women's Work exhibition brochure

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