Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Women/Modern Art
  • 14-Feb-2004 - 02-May-2004
  • North Balcony, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Both as makers and subjects, women have made profound impact on modern and postmodern art. women/modern art considers that complex intersection, focusing primarily on European and American art from 1850 through present day. The exhibition draws together a diverse group of works from the museum’s permanent collection, including important works by Käthe Kollwitz and Gabriele Münter to Faith Ringgold, Barbara Kruger, Kara Walker, Louise Bourgeois, and Elaine Reichek. Also included are some pioneering computer-plotted artworks by Lawrence’s own Colette Bangert. While many of these objects certainly consider gender, they also explore a variety of other issues, both formal and conceptual. The exhibition also investigates the representation of women by male artists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, revealing some of the forms on which modernism was wrought: namely, women’s bodies.

This exhibition considers the complex intersection of women as makers, patrons, and subjects of modern and postmodern art, primarily in Europe and the United States from about 1850 through the present. Works are drawn from the Spencer Museum’s permanent collection. Organized by Susan Earle, Curator of European and American art.