This Thursday, Nov 17, there will be a pajama party, where FIG artists will talk about their art in a PJ party setting, complete with party food, blankets, and sleeping bags. Check out the link here to register for the PJ party.
The exhibit started with exploring the ideas behind Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party, a setting for every woman, with exploration into WomanHouse...each nightstand suggests a woman, real or imagined, who sleeps next to it. Below are the night-stand installations with artists' statements...
Irene Abraham's piece, Growth, is an homage to Barbara McClintock, an American geneticist who received the Nobel Prize in 1983 for her ground-breaking work on corn genetics, started in the 1930s. Irene was quite honored to have met her when she was a graduate student. She was one of the first people to explain the unexplainable in classical Mendelian genetics. She challenged longstanding dogmas culminating in the discovery of what are called “jumping genes”.
Kathleen Mitchell created Catriona for a fictitious woman defined by love: unconditional love, unrequited love, inability to love, the search for love. She invited (via social media) people to write letters to Catriona, and through those letters Mitchell would “create” her life. These were the only instructions Mitchell's accomplices were given:
"My nightstand belongs to a woman named Catriona. She is 58 years old (born in 1958). She has loved and been loved. She has never married. YOU were one of her great loves. You are part of her history. She has kept every letter ever written to her in a box tucked into her nightstand.
You can draw on a past love of yours or have it come completely out of your imagination... Please date your letter between 1974 and 2016, so keep in mind how old each of you were/are.
Your letter can be to her at the beginning, middle, or end of your relationship. It can run a gamut of emotions. You may doodle on it, kiss it, cry on it, crumple it up, spill a drink on it...it is up to you but please make it handwritten. Oh! and feel free to write more than one!"
Never able to process her anger at them for leaving her, she wore her sense of abandonment like a badge that alternately drew others to her and repelled them when they got too close.
Mitchell invites you to touch, to read, and to follow Catriona’s journey via her search for love, her loneliness, her nightmares.
This piece incorporates video of Niehans herself acting out insomniac moments.
Ann Olsen created Malala’s Dream, honoring Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 because of her public support for the education of all girls in Pakistan. Malala almost died from severe brain injury as a result of the attack. After extensive rehabilitation therapy and the support of her family, who also eventually joined her in England, Malala continues to speak out for education for girls all over the world. On October 10, 2014 Malala became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
We hope you will visit the exhibit before it closes at the end of November. The details shown here cannot show it justice, nor allow you to hear the sound or see the video included in two of the pieces.