The LeRoy Neiman Art Center is holding a special treat that was designed by creative women whose artistic contributions will be on display to celebrate Women’s History Month and beyond. “Women’s Work” highlight the work of 10 New York artists: Amber Doe, Beatrice Lebreton, Chanel Kennebrew, Kathleen Granados, Monique Schubert, Myrah Brown Green, Nancy Elsamanoudi, Valerie Deas, Wilhelmina Grant and Xia Gordon.
Their backgrounds, experiences and media vary widely. They are emerging, mid-career and established. They are self-taught and academic, and their perspectives on the world around them are many. Through her art, however, each has a personal message to share, and “Women’s Work” brings these imaginative stories and distinct personalities together to convey the breadth of their experiences and perspectives on life.
“There is an artistic style specific to women, and this multimedia exhibition gives us the opportunity to acknowledge and honor these voices,” said Marline A. Martin, director of the LeRoy Neiman Art Center. “The exhibition, ‘Women’s Work,’ is not only a tribute to Women’s History Month, but a continuing conversation that a woman’s work is never done.”
Many of the ideas that stimulate Grant’s work are reflective of her interpretations of contemporary social issues, including violence against women and women’s health. Doe’s installations are inspired by the African-American quilt-making tradition of storytelling.
Elsamanoudi’s biomorphic forms investigate the tension created in the merging of culture and nature. Kennebrew’s bold photo collages explore the roots of American female beauty aesthetics. Lebreton employs intricate embroidery, painting and poetry to honor women’s bodies. Granados uses personal items and fibrous materials to explore intimate spaces and the relationship between personal histories and collective memory. Deas uses textiles and collage to express ideals of feminine grace. Green’s linoleum cut prints are founded in world symbols, spirituality and women’s concerns. Schubert’s mixed media paintings reflect the ambiguous dynamic of intimate relationships. Finally, Gordon illustrates innermost emotions that sometimes cannot be conveyed in words.
“This is not an exhibition that speaks to a singular theme but rather approaches many subjects from a common vantage point—through the hearts and minds of women,” said LeRoy Neiman Art Center Program Director Misha McGlown. “We sought to pull together a diverse group of female artists from the immediate community and the far reaches of New York to narrate a powerful story about women in the world.”
An artist talk will take place on Saturday, March 29 from 4-6 p.m. The exhibition runs from March 11-April 26. The Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center is located at 2785 Frederick Douglass Blvd. in New York City. For more information, visit www.neimancenter.org.