On Thursday August 9th, RAC | Recession Art at CULTUREfix opens
Still Figuring it Out: a feminist coming-of-age
An exhibition and event curated by Ana Cecilia Alvarez
Opening August 9th 7: 00 pm, Screening at 8:00 pm and Performance at 9:00 pm
On view Aug. 9 – Aug. 12, 2012
RAC | Recession Art at CULTUREfix, 9 Clinton Street NY, NY 10002
“One thing that can be very alienating about a misconception of feminism is that girls then think that to be feminists they have to live up to being perfectly consistent in their beliefs, never being insecure, never having doubts, having all the answers. . . and this is not true and actually recognizing all the contradictions I was feeling became easier once I realized that feminism was not a rulebook but a discussion, a conversation, a process.” — Tavi Gevinson
To many women, especially those still in the throes of their formative years of adolescence, the word “feminism” can be at once nebulous and uncomfortable, while still inspiring a new-found sense of empowerment. Still Figuring it Out hopes to delve into the awkward yet cherished growing pains of “becoming” a feminist. This exhibition and event will concentrate on artworks that tell of a feminist’s coming-of-age. If a young artist claims the title “feminist,” in any of its varied iterations, how do they interpret feminist concerns, and how do these intersect with their relationships, their beliefs, their priorities, their art?
Still Figuring it Out hopes to challenge any concrete definition of “feminism” as an identifying term, and instead understand feminism as a fluid spectrum that can be navigated and negotiated through art. There is no final declaration of “this is feminism for me”; instead the exhibition hopes to capture the process of “figuring out” how this historically contradictory and divisive label can complicate and inform “growing up,” or in less precise, but perhaps more poignant terms, “becoming one’s self.” As the title suggests, this process is continually reemerging and fails to provide one definitive conclusion. Just as “feminism” as an ideology and political label has never provided one stable identity in the last 50 years, identifying what it means to be a feminist can take a lifetime to figure out.
Still Figuring it Out will consist of a night of performances and screenings, along with a small exhibition of visual works that will feature 13 emerging female artists: Mira Alibek, Indrani Ashe, The Cave Party Collective, Abra Conn, Julia Elsas, Maija Ekey, Maya Fuhr, Nikita Gale, Britte Geijer, Grace Miceli, Megan Pickering, Jordan Rathus, and Brenda Zhang.
This exhibition is presented by Recession Art and curated by Ana Cecilia Alvarez. Alvarez, a Brown University student who focuses her studies on contemporary art, curatorial studies, non-fiction writing, and feminist critique, currently holds a summer internship at Recession Art.
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RAC is a project of the arts organization Recession Art and the alternative arts space CULTUREfix. Recession Art connects emerging artists with aspiring collectors and provides an affordable and accessible alternative to the traditional art market. CULTUREfix is a bar, gallery, and event space that combines food, art, and performance to offer a different idea of a public space. RAC is located on 9 Clinton Street between Houston and Stanton streets, accessible from the Second Avenue F Station and Essex Street JMZ trains. RAC is open 2-8 pm Tuesday – Sunday. Visit www.RecessionArtShows.com for more information.
Image: MEGAN PICKERING, Grooming Fixations, 2011, Pubic Lashes, Digital Print, 19x14x2cm.