See a NMWA exhibition in Paris: Women House at Monnaie de Paris
January 16, 2018
It is rare for many of us in Europe to see exhibitions at NMWA in Washington, so we are popping over to Paris to catch Women House before it travels to NMWA (opening in March 2018.)
The exhibition: Women House:
Questions about a woman’s “place” resonate in our culture, and conventional ideas about the house as a feminine space persist. This new exhibition, a partnership between La Monnaie de Paris and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, forms a sequel to the famous project called “Womanhouse,” developed in 1972 by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro. Similar to their artistic foremothers in the 1970s, the global artists in Women House recast conventional ideas about the home through provocative photographs, videos, sculptures, and room-like installations built with materials ranging from felt to rubber bands. With themes ranging from “Desperate Housewife” to “Dollhouse,” Women House emphasizes the plurality of artists’ views on the home.
Women House brings together 39 female artists of the 20th and 21st centuries who come from four continents. They span from historic figures such as Claude Cahun to a young generation: Mexican artist Pia Camil, Iranian Nazgol Ansarinia, Portuguese Joana Vasconcelos, German Isa Melsheimer or the French Laure Tixier and Elsa Sahal ... Some of the names are already famous (Louise Bourgeois, Niki de Saint Phalle, Martha Rosler, Mona Hatoum, Cindy Sherman, Rachel Whiteread), others are the subject of recent rediscoveries connected to a rereading of the History of Art in terms of gender parity (Birgit Jürgenssen, Ana Vieira, Laetitia Parente, Heidi Bucher).
7:01 am: Eurostar for day trippers
10:45 am: Meet at the Monnaie de Paris for tour by Camille Morineau, Director of Exhibitions and Collections of Monnaie de Paris, and curator of Women House.
1 pm: group lunch at Semilla, a 10minute walk from La Monnaie. Michelin Guide says: "a convivial atmosphere, trendy decor and, in the kitchens, a young and passionate team, who work exclusively with hand-picked suppliers. Delicious and well done!"
Afternoon - list of suggested exhibitions will be provided – or "hit the sales"