Published: December 30, 2003
“Figuring Women: Works from the Permanent Collection,” on view from January 11 to May 16 at the Neuberger Museum of Art. The exhibition focuses on the various ways in which the representation of the female form have been critical to art across the western and non-western traditions.
The exhibition includes images from antiquity to Africa, from Goya to Amedeo Modigliani and Toulouse-Lautrec, from Miriam Schapiro to Elizabeth Catlett, and brings together works in several thematic groupings, including the “Female Figure as Metaphor, Model and Muse”; “Image and Self-image: Designing Women and the Fashion System”; and “Women in the World: Dancers, Workers, Writers.”
This exhibition includes Modigliani’s “Portrait d’une Jeune Fille (Portrait of a Young Girl),” which has just been returned to the Neuberger Museum’s permanent collection. The painting has been “on the road” since its inclusion in “Modigliani and the Artists of Montparnasse,” an exhibition organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y., which opened in Buffalo in October 2002, and traveled to the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Calif.
Guest curator Jane Kromm, Purchase College associate professor of art history, has organized the exhibition in co-ordination with her spring 2004 seminar, “The Body in Modern Figuring Women Art.” She is the author of The Art of Frenzy: Public Madness in the Visual Culture of Europe 1500-1850 (Continuum, 2002).
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