Domesticity in the Art of Women Then and Now
Christine Giviskos and Marilyn Symmes, curators of the exhibition, "Mary Cassatt Prints: In the Company of Women" in conversation with Bette Blank, contemporary artist
Christine Giviskos, Associate Curator of European Art, and Marilyn Symmes, Director of the Morse Research Center for Graphic Arts and Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Zimmerli Art Museum have organized the exhibition, "Mary Cassatt Prints: In the Company of Women," on View at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, through March 3, 2013. Somewhat more than a century ago, Mary Cassatt recorded the everyday domestic life of middle class women as is evident in the prints on display. Like Cassatt, the contemporary artist, Bette Blank, draws inspiration from the everyday life of middle class women today. Her paintings depict the world of the home, consumer culture, and include the most visible women of our era such as Marilyn Monroe, Queen Elizabeth, or Condolezza Rice as seen through photos pinned up on refrigerator doors. Blank's paintings are in the permanent collection of The Jewish Museum, New York, as well as numerous other museums and private collections. She shows through the Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York.
This event is part of the Art W Salon Series, co-sponsored by the Rutgers University Institute for Women and Art. Art W advocates for notable women artists by bringing collectors and curators together with artists through the Art W Salon Series in recognizing the contributions of women to the visual arts.