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October 17, 2012

Women Dominate the Seattle Art Museum

By Erin Schumaker | Art

Women Dominate the Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Art Museum/ Frida Kahlo

Women are taking the Seattle Art Museum by storm with a wide-reaching exhibition of 125 works produced from 1909 to 2007—and created solely by female artists. “Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris” (through January 13) is a survey culled from a much-acclaimed show that closed at the Centre Pompidou in 2011 after a two-year run. Centre Pompidou is a mash-up of vibrantly hued pipes constructed in the heart of Paris, and its unconventional design turned the world of museum architecture upside down when it was built in 1977. Similarly, “Elles” hopes to challenge the male-dominated art-history discourse by focusing on feminism and women’s issues in art.

The exhibition will present the work thematically, featuring contributions to modernism, abstract expressionism, performance art and activist work, and highlighting artists like Sonia Delaunay, Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman and Tania Bruguera. “Other exhibitions specifically exploring female artists and feminism have been organized in recent years, but ‘Elles’ is distinctive in its broader historical scope,” says associate curator Marisa C. Sánchez. “The art collection at the Centre Pompidou is uniquely rich, allowing for a survey of art made by women artists that few, if any other, museum collections would have the depth to organize.” Through January 13, 2013; 1300 First Ave.; 206-654-3100; seattleartmuseum.org.