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Important Update

April 18, 1971, to June 13, 1971 |

Twenty Six Contemporary Women Artists

We are very pleased to use the Aldrich Museum for the purpose of presenting the talents and the works of women who have been little recognized, and we hope it will offer them an opportunity for increased presentation in the future.

At the time of this exhibit, Larry Aldrich had agreed for some time with women artists that museums and art galleries have, by and large, overlooked their talents, and have discriminated against them, consciously and unconsciously, by not presenting one-woman show sof their work or including them in many of the important group exhibitions, certainly since the end of World War II, and even within the past ten years. Notable exceptions, of course, are Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Nevelson, Marisol, Lee Bontecou, Sue Fuller, Agnes Martin, and a few others. These women achieved recognition only through extraordinary talents, extreme hard work, and great courage. Their professional roads were often made unreasonably rough by gallery and museum personnel.

Curated by Lucy R. Lippard


Artists: Cecile Abish, Alice Aycock, Cynthia Carlson, Sue Ann Childress, Glorianna Davenport, Susan Hall, Mary Heilmann, Audrey Hemenway, Laurace James, Mablen Jones, Carol Kinne, Christine Kozlov, Sylvia Mangold, Brenda Miller, Mary Miss, Dona Nelson, Louise Parks, Shirley Pettibone, Howardena Pindell, Adrian Piper, Reeva Potoff, Paula Tavins, Merrill Wagner, Grace Bakst Wapner, Jacqueline Winsor, Barbara Zucker

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Virtual ARTalk - 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone with Amy Smith-Stewart and Alexandra Schwartz

This ARTalk will focus on an exciting upcoming exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone. This exhibition celebrates the fifty-first anniversary of the historic exhibition Twenty-Six Contemporary Women Artists, curated by acclaimed art critic Lucy R. Lippard which was presented at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 1971.


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