Judy Johnson-Williams and I went to the opening of this show back in March, and it is weird but I haven’t talk to one other woman who has seen it – SO GO IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT! It is a great show with some very provocative installations.
Organized by Yerba Buena Center of the Arts (YBCA), The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics showcases the politically charged work of a new generation of women. Emphasizing performativity, collaboration and coalition building, the works are influenced by the feminist ideologies and activist movements of the past, while also speaking loudly and clearly to the issues facing women right now.
Here are some photos I took on the opening night.
MK Guth’s Interactive Weaving Performance was loosely based on the fairytale character Rapunzel, whose braids act as a metaphor of entrapment and as a vehicle for escape. Groups of women braided and extended MK Guth’s hair and visitors were invited to write a comment on a white ribbon that were woven into the braid. With each new ribbon, the braid grew, creating new branches and configurations. At the end of the day, the braids were cut off her body and hung in the main gallery. MK had a special dress made to tie the braids to and supported the weight, over 100 pounds!
Swoon – one of my favorite artists, who uses cut out paper and applies it
often in public locations a la graffiti. Here she investigated the murders
of hundreds of women in Juarez, Mexico, and created an installation
featuring a portrait of one of the victims
war facts sweater
Artists include: Lisa Anne Auerbach, Andrea Bowers, Nao Bustamante, Tammy Rae Carland, Vaginal Davis, Eve Fowler with Math Bass, Deborah Grant, MK Guth, Taraneh Hemami, Miranda July and Shauna McGarry, LTTR, Leslie Labowitz and Suzanne Lacy, Aleksandra Mir, Laurel Nakadate, Shinique Smith, subRosa, SWOON and Tennessee Jane Watson, The Counterfeit Crochet Project organized by Stephanie Syjuco, The Toxic Titties, Jessica Tully, and RiotGrrl zines from the Independent Publishing Resource Center, Portland.