At the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, "Women Forward, a terrific exhibition of Women artists...will explore the importance of female artists in contemporary society" Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, March 7, 2009
The panel discussion is couched amid the great exhibit celebrating Women's History Month: The First Biennial "Women Forward" art exhibit with Special Guest Artists: Judy Chicago, Faith Ringgold, Toshiko Takaezu plus Yoko Ono's "Imagine Peace" See the opening ceremonies on YOUTUBE here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6vkzRAmmho
"As this show proves, Brooklyn is at the forefront of recognizing not only the enormous contribution women have made to the visual arts - but also the obstacles and hardships that women have had to overcome to get their due in the male dominated art world." — Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President, March 7, 2009
A 96 page full color catalogue for the "Women Forward" show with essay by internationally renowned critic, Robert C. Morgan is available. "It reads like a great book, with enlightening statements by this diverse group of outstanding women artists. A must for anyone interested in the scholarship of women in the arts."
“The struggle for recognition of women in the art continues! In spite of great advances for women throughout the century before, we still stare at the strange phenemomenon that women are vastly underrepresented in major art collections, although women are as great as men in creative capacity. This show and panel discussion addresses this issue in new ways in an attempt to break that barrier by coming to understand what is happening. We believe that insight will bring change. Let us see what we can see and then…‘Women Forward!’” — Yuko Nii, Founder & Artistic Director, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Curator of “Women Forward”
"This is an important historical moment in our country. This panel disciussion is an important pivotal discusson addressing a major concern for our cullture. Everyone concerned with freedom democracy and diversity should attend..and especially women, but men's attendance is just as important!" — Terrance Lindall, President & Executive Director, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center
The issue to be addressed by the panelists is: “Why is it that there are so many women who run galleries, write for major art publications and are curatorial heads of museums, while so few women are in important collections? Women art collectors are major influences in the high stakes collecting world. Yet they themselves seem to relegate women artists to only a lesser position."
Even though today there are just as many women artist as men artists have been exposed in the art world, the
issue of lack of representation of women in the major museums, commercial galleries, art fairs, and even in public auctions is a peculiarity. It was brought into greater focus by the following statistics from a New York Magazine article “Where are all the Women?,” November 26, 2007:
• MoMA: 5-8% of artists on view between 2004 to present were women, 92-95% were men
• The Whiney Museum: 15% women, 85% in the permanent collection are men.
• The Frick Collection: 99% men, 1% women.
• The 2007 Venice Biennale: 24% women, 76% men.
• Art Basel Miami: 27%, women73% men.