Acquiring works by woman artists is a priority at the Nasher Museum. This installation, A Selection of Women Artists, complemented the exhibition The Deconstructive Impulse with work by groundbreaking women artists in the permanent collection. Two of the artists, Cindy Sherman and Lorna Simpson, were also represented in The Deconstructive Impulse. A Selection of Women Artists included a sculpture by Petah Coyne (the museum’s first major acquisition) and works by Louise Bourgeois, Beverly McIver, Kate Millet and Irene Peslikis. The installation was anchored by a drawing by Kara Walker, on loan from Marjorie and Michael Levine, alongside prints and drawings from the archives of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke’s Special Collections Library. This small sampling of works, which date from 1950s to the present day, illustrated the wide range of styles, media and subjects tackled by women artists in the last 60 years.
IMAGE: Beverly McIver, Love Mom, 2011. Oil on canvas, 36 x 36 inches. Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Purchase with funds provided by Marilyn M. Arthur. Photo by Harriett Bellows.