Saturday, March 06, 2010
Press Clippings: WOMEN Show opens Monday at International House
From Penn Current: Editor's Pick
Original story: http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/calendar/index.html#pick
WOMEN AT WORK: “Women: An International Women’s Day Exhibition,” presented by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art, celebrates international perspectives of femininity and the feminine, and highlights female icons inspired by various Asian, Latin American, European, North American and African cultures. Opening March 8 at International House, the exhibit offers two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art, including paintings, prints, photography, collages, sculptures, fiber arts and assemblages. The artists are women of diverse backgrounds, ages and ethnicities.
Differing cultural representations of the feminine can be found in Nicole Dul’s depiction of an elderly woman and Pamela Flynn’s depiction of a shapely paper doll created for AIDS awareness. Bonnie MacAllister’s photographs explore femininity, gender roles and the relevance of education in a child’s life. The photo “Herder: On the Road to Harar,” taken at a bus stop in Ethiopia during a 12-hour ride to the city of Harar, is part of a series on Ethiopian women and children. Marcelle Pachnowski’s “Ishtar” is a selection from her collection of small collage assemblages of various female goddesses. Ishtar, a goddess of fertility, love, war and sex, was the divine personification of the planet Venus and the courtesan of the gods. Other exhibited artwork includes Qaadira Allen’s “Gaia Prayer” and Veronica Gledhill’s “The Gathering” (pictured). The exhibit was created through a partnership between the Women’s Caucus for Art of Philadelphia, the African Studies Department at Penn and “One Book, One Philadelphia” in celebration of the book, “The Complete Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi. The event takes place at 6 p.m. For more information, call 215-895-6533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The exhibit runs through March 14.
Philadelphia Weekly Arts Pick
An International Women's Day Exhibit
Leave it to America to try to overshadow a worldwide attempt to do something good. March 8—that’s International Women’s Day to you, buddy—was first observed in 1909. Seventy-two years later, Congress passed a resolution establishing National Women’s History Week and six years after that, white dudes in suits extended the celebration for the entire month of March. We’ll leave the anti-American preaching at the door, though, and give you the deets on a great way to honor women and support local arts. International House hosts a weeklong exhibit—which kicks off with a reception tonight—featuring work from members of the Women’s Caucus for Art’s Philly chapter. Peep pieces by local artists, including Bonnie MacAllister, Marcelle Pachnowski, Sonia Sherrod and Michelle Wilson. The exhibit is presented in conjunction with One Book, One Philadelphia, so if you haven’t done your required city reading, now’s the time to dust off your copy of Persepolis. -E.P.
7pm. Free. International House, 3701 Chestnut St. 215.387.5125. ihousephilly.org
Bonnie MacAllister is a multimedia performance artist. She has performed at the New York Foundation of Arts and the Cat Cat Club in Paris, and her plays have been staged at the Shubin Theatre, Adrienne Theatre, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally including in Galeria 6 in Mexico, the Utopia Library in Italy, and the Delaware Art Museum. She curates the multimedia label Certain Circuits Media (www.certaincircuits.org) which is currently accepting submissions. Her twitter: @BonnieMacArt