Lynne Warren, curator for the MCA in Chicago, viewed over 1200 images and 10 video entries to make her selections for this exhibition in celebration of Women’s History Month.
In her juror statement Lynne Warren states: “It was a pleasure to see the great range of entries to the Woman Made 8th International Open. I have never before juried an exhibition limited to women’s submissions only and found it quite gratifying to see works showing women’s particular concerns as well as works that deal with the entire range of contemporary art mediums and topics. The number of entries made the competition to be in the exhibition very tight; I unfortunately was faced with very tough decisions and must say that I admired many of the artists’ submissions that could not be included, because of space limitations, in the exhibition.
I made a point to include works that reflected the range of entries. This resulted in a broad survey, with works that range from the whimsical to grave social and political realities. The styles are figurative and abstract; the media include painting, drawings, sculpture, objects coming out of crafts traditions (some of my favorite pieces!) photography, and video. And the women artists are from Chicago, the Midwest, the United States, and the world.” -Lynne Warren, Curator – Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Exhibiting US Artists: Shauna Angel Blue, Rachel Davis, Beatrice Fisher, Mary King, Christine LoFaso, Anni Holm, Judith Schubert Mullen, Danielle Nelson, STUTZ, Jennifer Thomas and Kathleen Waterloo. Other artists whose work is in this exhibition are Karen Goins from Hawaii, Jeong-Eun Shim from Korea, Sonia Haberstich from Canada, Wendy Ho and Helena Kvarnström from the United Kingdom and Hrafnhildur Sigurdardóttir from Iceland.
About the Juror: Lynne Warren is Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. She has been with the MCA over 20 years in a variety of education and curatorial capacities. Warren has organized major one-person exhibitions of over 25 artists, including exhibitions that have traveled to major museums all over the United States, such as the acclaimed 1999 exhibition Robert Heinecken. She served as the project director for the massive Art in Chicago, 1945-1995 exhibition of 1996, which produced the first comprehensive book of Chicago’s unique art history. She served as the Project Director of the H.C. Westermann exhibition and catalogue raisonne projects, and was co-curator of the acclaimed H C. Westermann exhibition that recently completed a tour of major museums in the United States. Her exhibition Dan Peterman: Plastic Economies is currently on view at MCA through September 12, 2004, as well as an exhibition of Chicago-based artists from the museum’s collection, The Center Is Anywhere..
Warren has taught courses at the University of Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, and The University of Illinois at Chicago, and has lectured throughout the United States. In addition to numerous exhibition catalogues published by the MCA and distributed by such publishers as Harry N. Abrams and Thames and Hudson, she has contributed to Masterpieces of 20th Century Art published by The Art Institute of Chicago; the upcoming Encyclopedia of Chicago History published by the Newberry Library, Chicago; the Groves Dictionaries Dictionary of Art, and is the editor for the upcoming Encyclopedia of 20th Century Photography to be published by Routledge, London and New York.
(Banner image: artwork by Kathleen Waterloo)