From April until 27 September, the New York Museum of Art and Design presents the Pathmakers exhibition: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today.
The retrospective takes a detailed journey through woman’s great contribution to modern aesthetics and creation.
The aftermath of the Great War saw the start of a time in which woman’s role in the arts began to take on more significance. In the 1950s and 60s, a creative era almost completely dominated by men, women had a considerable impact in several creative fields, with one particular characteristic, the use of techniques and materials that for many were out of use; such as textiles, ceramics, and metals.
Throughout its more than 100 works, the exhibition focuses on the work of a group of women – including pioneers Ruth Asawa, Edith Heath, Sheila Hicks, Karen Karnes and Dorothy Liebes – who marked a turning point in disciplines in which they triumphed as designers, artists and teachers. It was they who dared push the boundaries, using new methods and materials that brought with them a huge advance in the field of creation.
Pathmakers also seeks to highlight the important role of manual work in the process of design and the great contribution MAD makes to converting marginal aspects into moments or enormous artistic import.
Conferences and meetings with many of the artists who form part of this exhibition complete a unique and inimitable exposition.
Photos: courtesy MAD/Frank Oudeman
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