To mark its fifth anniversary, ArtTableNederland organises, in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, a conference on the contemporary position of women in the arts. Key point in this project is the examination of the different feminist legacies, as well as the obstacles women may encounter today and in the future in the realisation of their ambitions. In this transgenerational debate women from the Netherlands and abroad, who have made their mark in the field of art and culture, will share their experiences and perspectives.
There is a renewed interest in the theme of feminism and art. In the Netherlands this return can be illustrated by the overview exhibition rebelle: Feminism and art 1969-2009 (2009) and Episode 3 by the curatorial platform If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (2008), in addition to many other small-scale initiatives. This trend is symptomatic of the ample attention given to feminism internationally, through the foundation of The Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art (with an extensive database), such exhibitions as Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution (2007), Global Feminisms (2007) and elles@centrepompidou (2009-ongoing) and new-born organisations such as Contemporary Feminism and the Troublemakers Foundation.
Nevertheless the F-word remains controversial among artists and curators. Does this mean that women have finally found their way and are there no obstacles left? Is the revolution over? Or do women in senior positions in the world of art still encounter the proverbial glass ceiling? Female artists appear to have achieved parity with men, but what do the statistics tell us about the difference between men and women artists in terms of income and exposure? Do prominent museums and institutions such as the MoMA and the Centre Pompidou help improve the situation of women artists or do they stand aloof from this issue? What is the situation regarding prestigious prizes like the Turner prize and exposure at venues like Documenta and the Venice Biennale?