Fairfield University Art Museum, Bellarmine Hall Galleries
In Their Element(s): Women Artists Across Media | Curated by Phoebe Charpentier
April 21–July 15, 2023 | 200 Barlow Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824
This exhibition—the first in the Museum’s history to have been fully developed and curated by an undergraduate student—features more than 50 contemporary artworks by women artists, with an emphasis on works created with unusual techniques or media.
"Many artists create work which deeply reflects their gender identity and gendered experiences through feminine (or masculine) coded themes and symbols. One such example is Miriam Schapiro, one of the foremost feminist artists of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Her oil painting Shrine (1962) reflects the centrality of female identity, motherhood, and domesticity to her art across her career. Schapiro was one of many feminist artists to initiate a vocabulary for feminist art by creating symbols which are now universal with the genre. Designed in the shape of a house, made to look like windows the viewer peers into, her series of paintings called Shrines use the same style of imagery throughout." –Phoebe Charpentier on Miriam Schapiro's Shrine (1962) included in the exhibition