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Generation ♀: How Contemporary Women Artists Are Re-Shaping Today’s Art World
September 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm$30 – $45
Showcasing experts on compelling subjects of relevance and interest to members and visitors to the Bruce Museum, as well as the communities of greater Fairfield County and beyond, Bruce Museum Presents launches on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm, with Generation ♀: How Contemporary Women Artists Are Re-Shaping Today’s Art World.
Jennifer Blei Stockman, producer of the Emmy-nominated 2018 HBO documentary The Price of Everything, moderates a wide-ranging dialogue and exploration with four major contemporary women artists: painter and sculptor Nicole Eisenman; conceptual visual artist Lin Jingjing; painter and sculptor Paula DeLuccia Poons; and photographer and filmmaker Laurie Simmons.
A renowned collector of contemporary art, Stockman is the former board chair of the Guggenheim Museum and a founder of the Bruce Museum Council. Her Nathaniel Kahn-directed documentary, “The Price of Everything,” explores the stratospheric-priced world of contemporary art. It premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was the opening night film for 2018’s Greenwich International Film Festival.
Awarded the Guggenheim fellowship (1996), the Carnegie Prize (2013), and the MacArthur “Genius Grant” (2015), Nicole Eisenman gained acclaim for her figurative painting but in recent years has earned critical praise for her sculpture as well. She co-founded the queer/feminist curatorial initiative Ridykeulous with A.L. Steiner, and this summer was one of the artists who withdrew from the Whitney Biennial in protest of the museum’s leadership.
Lin Jingjing’s work deals primarily with social-political themes; particularly with how individuals define themselves against the pressures of the outside world, vis-à-vis culture, politics, history, and the economy. Her artwork spans performance, installation, painting, mixed media, video, sound, and LED lights. Jingjing’s works have been exhibited in major museums around the world, including Neues Kunstforum in Cologne, the National Art Museum of Chile in Santiago, and Song Zhuang Art Museum in Beijing.
Painter and sculptor Paula DeLuccia Poons and her husband, artist Larry Poons, have intersected with some of the greatest figures in the New York art world since the 1970s. A New Jersey native who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, Paula’s work has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions, from Barcelona to Brooklyn to Palm Beach.
Laurie Simmons has been provocatively exploring women’s issues since the 1970s, starting with her staged dollhouse scenes to create photographs that reference domestic tableaus. She is part of The Pictures Generation, a name given to a group of artists from a 2009 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art that includes Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, and Louise Lawler.
Doors open 6:00 pm for a reception with light bites and beverages, followed by the panel discussion and Q&A, 7:00-8:30 pm. Seats are $30 for Museum members, $45 for non-members. To reserve a seat at Generation ♀, visit brucemuseum.org and click “Reservations,” or call 203-869-0376.
(A free screening of “The Price of Everything” will take place on Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 pm, in the Bruce Museum’s Bantle Lecture Gallery. Advance registration is required at brucemuseum.org.)