WILMINGTON, DE.- The Delaware Art Museum
presents Women Collared for Work, featuring paintings, drawings, sculptures, and mixed media installations by eight female artists, on view February 6, 2010 March 21, 2010. The artists explore both the well-known contributions and anonymous stories of women spanning more than 100 years of history1889 to 1999. They interpret the collar as a symbol for the restraint, inspiration, and innovation of powerful female icons representing a range of occupations.
The theme of being collared was chosen as a metaphor for womens issues because of the symbolic connotations of the word. A collar can be an article of clothing or a restraint around the neck, and it was the contrast between its uses as an adornment versus a shackle that inspired this selection of works.
Each of the artists created work inspired by a range of years as follows:
1889 1920 Bernice Davidson
1920 1950 Maria Keane
1930 1940 Deborah Stelling
1933 1945 Ann Stein
1942 1946 Margo Allman
1942 1959 Judith Schwab
1960 1970 Wilma Bulkin Siegel
1980 1999 Rosemary Lane
Some of the their particular sources of inspiration include: Native Americans who were forced to relocate; three female students of Howard Pyle known as the Red Rose Girls; Eleanor Roosevelt; Frances Perkins; Japanese internment camps; holocaust survivors; flower children; and artists such as Georgia OKeeffe, Miriam Shapiro, and Louise Nevelson.
The Guest Curator for Women Collared for Work is Judith Schwab.