MEMORY BY THE NEW YORK SOCIETY OF WOMEN ARTISTS, 2021
1/13/2021

MEMORY BY THE NEW YORK SOCIETY OF WOMEN ARTISTS, 2021
 
MEMORY BY THE NEW YORK SOCIETY OF WOMEN ARTISTS, 2021

The creative evocations by this professional group of 57 women artists seek to recapture aspects of lives lived and past experiences among other unique associations with memory, through their paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture included in this online art show. The featured works were created and selected for the exhibition by the members themselves during challenging circumstances brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. Their approaches to creating work for Memory are as varied as the women artists themselves: abstract, minimal, political, figurative, and expressionistic...even wild.

MEMORY: Referring to the faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information or recollections of the past, artists’ interpretations of the theme of memory conjure deeply personal experiences. Memory and remembrance, perhaps evocations of hidden chambers of the heart, move through time and space to emerge in works of art. In this exhibition, the New York Society of Women Artists (NYSWA) celebrates this theme. They express it through artistic joy, desire, longing, and nostalgia, or mourn the sense of loss of intellectual and bodily experiences with tenderness, pain and confusion.

The New York Society of Women Artists is an intergenerational organization founded in 1925. Some of the early members broke ground in the 1920’s, winning prizes such as Guggenheim Fellowships, the Prix de Rome, and grants from the Federal Arts Project during the New Deal. Later members made their mark in the 1960’s and beyond, in the heart of New York City life. For Proust, the past could be recollected from the taste of a madeleine almond biscuit in a cup of verbena tea. For these NYSWA artists, it might be the smell of turpentine or pastel dust or terra-cotta clay or watercolor cakes which trigger their memories. In keeping with the theme of this exhibition, the New York Society of Women Artists honors the memory of its notable origins by archiving historical data and exhibitions of founding members, including Marguerite Zorach, Minna Harkavy, Anne Goldwaite, Ethel Meyers, Concetta Scaravaglione, and Theresa Bernstein(1).While NYSWA pays homage to its illustrious members of the past, its annual membership exhibition, Memory, reveals a constant in the sincerity, authenticity, and individuality of its current members

Participating artists in this exhibition include: Susana Aldanondo, Ellen Alt, Audrey Anastasi, Barbara Arum, Janya Barlow, Fran Beallor, Michele Bonelli, Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Linda Butti, Pamela Casper, Rose Deler, Diana Freedman-Shea, Lynne Friedman, Natalie Giugni, Betsy Goldberg, Carol Gromer, Elizabeth Hasegawa Agresta, Sheila Hecht, Betty Ann Hogan, Benice Horowitz, Lori Horowitz, Suejin Jo, Jerilyn Jurinek, Sarah Katz, Karen L Kirshner, Sueim Koo, Sheila Kriemelman, Yumie Kusuda, Yolene Legrand, Jacqueline Lorieo, Francine Perlman, Leah Poller, Siena Gillann Porta, Yupin Pramotepipop, Anna Rabinowitz, Stephanie Rauschenbusch, Peggy Silverstein, Anne Stanner, Lea Weinberg, Rachelle Weisberger 

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  1. Theresa Bernstein was a member of the Ashcan School. She painted until the age of 110 years. In 2014, she had a major retrospective at the City University of New York Graduate Center and at Baruch College. A recent show was curated by Professor Gail Levin, and was accompanied by a scholarly catalogue.