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Art Museum Features Contemporary Women Artists

Story posted October 15, 1998

Oct. 7, 1998, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bowdoin College Museum of Art has opened its major fall exhibition, 'Memorable Histories and Historic Memories.' The exhibition, which will run through Dec. 6, includes the work of eight contemporary women artists who employ history and memory to comment on the present. They bring together photographs, paintings, fiber arts, video, sculpture and installations. The artists are: Maureen Connor, Aya Dorit Cypis, Rose Marasco, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Adrian Piper, Mira Schor, Deborah Willis and Anne Wilson.

For these artists, personal and collective memory provide the core from which meaning is created. They incorporate subjects such as food, social dancing, the body, beauty, autobiographies and ancient myths; and include familiar artifacts such as photographs, antique domestic linens, quilts, moss, mirrors, men's ties, and flowers to create histories from the everyday rather than from the events that mark traditional history. Their art suggests a much more inclusive and expansive notion of history-histories of gender, race, class, art, language and memory.

All exhibitions and programs at the museum are free and open to the public. The exhibition is accompanied by a 64-page color catalogue, with essays by Alison Ferris, Curator of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and Johanna Drucker, Associate Professor of Art History at Yale University.

The exhibition and related programs are made possible by funding from the Stevens L. Frost Endowment Fund, the Elizabeth B.G. Hamlin Fund, the George Otis Hamlin Fund and private donations. It is the first exhibition Ferris has curated for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

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