Curated by Susan Earle, SMA Curator of European & American Art, in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of KU’s “February Sisters” demonstrations and the subsequent February 1972 founding of the Women’s Studies Program.
This short-term exhibition in the Raymond White Teaching Gallery highlights works made by women that were acquired by the Spencer Museum of Art around the time of the founding of the KU women’s studies program in February 1972, in dialogue with more recent acquisitions of works by women.
The early 1970s was a rich and fascinating time in the history of contemporary art, as is today. For the past 15 or more years, the Spencer Museum has made a point of acquiring works by women in a variety of media. The results of these efforts have been evident in a variety of exhibitions and collection displays.
A major recent acquisition that seems to sum up where we are today is by Mary Sibande (born 1982, South Africa). Sibande’s 2009 sculpture Sophie Ntombikayise will be available for a special viewing at the opening reception for this exhibition, from 4:30-6 PM on Wednesday, February 1. This important sculpture will be featured in a prominent public display at the Spencer later this year (Central Court, August 11-November 11).
The exhibition opening will also serve as the launch of the official 40-year commemoration of the activism of the “February Sisters” and the founding of KU’s Women’s Studies Program. Please join us for this exciting event, and look out for student re-enactments of these activities on campus in early February. The opening is sponsored by the Spencer and the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
For more information on the 40th Anniversary of the February Sisters and the KU Women’s Studies program, visit the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.