Monday, May 3, 2010
Where are the women at SF MOMA?
I'm sorry to say that the question is still as pressing then as it was now and hasn't been answered in any better fashion.
I discovered (via a post at Real Clear Arts) that Anne Walsh, a curator at SF MOMA's blog, Open Space, asked the same question of senior Gary Garrels.
"15 male artists own the majority of linear and cubic gallery-feet, 3 female artists have the rest. And of those three women, at least two could be called twofers: they're the only artists of color in the entire installation, and they're women! (Here I am referring to Doris Salcedo and Kara Walker. If, in ignorance, I've overlooked someone, please correct me.)"
The end of the post has a long fantasy shopping list but given the prevailing sexism of the museum establishment and their long, long list of excuses, I'm not holding my breath. Part 1 appeared on April 13; the second part hasn't been published yet.