The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, July 19, 2019


Rowan gallery creates historic restaging of renowned 1970s exhibition
Conceived by Ilise Greenstein in 1974 and first exhibited in 1978, The Sister Chapel embraced the cooperative spirit of the women’s art movement.


GLASSBORO, NJ.- The Sister Chapel, a historic collaborative installation created at the height of the women’s art movement, opens at Rowan University Art Gallery West on March 31, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., for its first public exhibition since 1980. Presented during National Women’s History Month, the exhibition runs from March 28 through the end of June. It includes the work of Alice Neel, June Blum, Betty Holliday, Shirley Gorelick, May Stevens, Elsa M. Goldsmith, Sylvia Sleigh, Cynthia Mailman, Diana Kurz, Martha Edelheit, Sharon Wybrants, Maureen Connor, and Ilise Greenstein.

An opening reception features a panel discussion with five of the contributing artists: Maureen Connor, Martha Edelheit, Diana Kurz, Cynthia Mailman, and Sharon Wybrants. The moderator, Andrew D. Hottle, spent eight years researching and writing an extensive history of this important collaboration.

To house the monumental figure paintings that comprise The Sister Chapel, Maureen Connor designed a twelve-sided fabric structure that was never constructed. To commemorate the return of this historic collaboration, an enclosure based on Connor’s original design has been fabricated so that, for the first time in its history, The Sister Chapel is exhibited as its creators intended.

Conceived by Ilise Greenstein in 1974 and first exhibited in 1978, The Sister Chapel embraced the cooperative spirit of the women’s art movement. Using a nominal pun on Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel ceiling, Greenstein issued a feminist challenge to the patriarchal conceptualization of history. In contrast to her male predecessor, she envisioned a nonhierarchical, secular commemoration of female role models from a female perspective; thus, The Sister Chapel invited viewers to reconsider familiar and often unconscious presumptions about gender roles and women’s achievements.

Between 1974 and 1977, twelve other women whose individual contributions shaped the character and appearance of The Sister Chapel joined Greenstein. In its final form, the installation consisted of Greenstein’s eighteen-foot abstract ceiling suspended above a circular arrangement of eleven nine-foot canvases, each depicting the standing figure of a heroic woman. The choice of subject was left entirely to the creator of each work. As a result, the paintings form a visually cohesive group without diminishing the individuality of the artists.

The Sister Chapel features contemporary and historical women, deities, and conceptual figures, including Bella Abzug—the Candidate, a portrait of the American Congresswoman and social reformer, painted by Alice Neel; Betty Friedan as the Prophet, a portrayal of the influential author of The Feminine Mystique, by June Blum; Marianne Moore, the American poet, by Betty Holliday; Frida Kahlo, the celebrated Mexican artist, by Shirley Gorelick; Artemisia Gentileschi, the seventeenth-century Italian Baroque artist, by May Stevens; Joan of Arc, the sainted fifteenth-century French military heroine, by Elsa M. Goldsmith; Lilith, the rebellious first wife of Adam, by Sylvia Sleigh; God, a female manifestation of the supreme creator, by Cynthia Mailman; Durga, the powerful Hindu goddess, by Diana Kurz; Womanhero, a conceptual embodiment of female strength and power, by Martha Edelheit; and Self-Portrait as Superwoman (Woman as Culture Hero) by Sharon Wybrants.





Today's News

March 29, 2016

Native American heritage is focus of exhibitions at Palm Springs Art Museum

"Wild Reading: Animals in Children's Book Art" opens at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich

Vincent Van Gogh's "The Night Cafe" seized by the Bolsheviks remains in America

Artemis Gallery raises the bar for cultural antiquities and ethnographic art with a March 31 auction

Denver Art Museum returns looted 10th-century sandstone statue to Cambodia

Philippines authorities put Marcos family jewel images online to teach about graft

"The Open-Air Studio: The Impressionists in Normandy" on view at the Musée Jacquemart-André

Exhibition at Ruiz-Healy Art in San Antonio questions the cultural context of our time

Work by 84 photographers from the 1860s through 2002 on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery

Exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum examines Marcel Duchamp's potent influence on Pop Art

Exhibition of recent paintings by Royal Academician Terry Setch on view at Flowers Gallery

'Very doubtful' Palmyra can be restored after IS: UN expert Annie Sartre-Fauriat

Exhibition of works by the late Venezuelan artist Oswaldo Vigas opens in Sao Paulo

"Breaking Ground: Printmaking in the US, 1940-1960" on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Rowan gallery creates historic restaging of renowned 1970s exhibition

Martha Russo's first solo museum exhibition opens at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

First mid-career survey of Doug DuBois' photographs on view at Aperture Gallery

Rehearsal: Exhibition at Copperfield presents a series of paintings by Jane Bustin

Lorna Bieber's newest creation 'Tapestry' on view at the George Eastman Museum

P.P.O.W adds Betty Tompkins to roster

Rare bronze cast from famed Parliament Square statue of Churchill to be auctioned by Sworders, April 12

Rare 1776 Declaration of Independence broadside at auction in New York

Exhibition showcases historic collection of early BC photographs for the first time

Art Gallery of Hamilton explore the work of visionary artists

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Original 'Star Wars' creators lift lid on special effects challenges

2.- Lost '$170 million Caravaggio' snapped up before French auction

3.- Mansell's 'Red Five' on pole for Bonhams sale

4.- Impressionism's 'forgotten woman' shines in new Paris show

5.- Sotheby's to auction the best-surviving NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

6.- Exhibition explores Dutch and Spanish painting of the 16th and 17th centuries

7.- Cyprus discovers 'first undisturbed Roman shipwreck'

8.- Sotheby's unveils 'Treasures from Chatsworth' with Leonardo Da Vinci drawing, Lucian Freud portraits, and more

9.- Infamous botched art restoration in Spain gets makeover

10.- 1958 Gibson Flying V Korina played by Dave Davies to grab center stage in Heritage Auctions' sale



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful