Chronology MMoCA Collects


Feminist Art (1970–present)

Feminist art appears as a new category of art in the early 1970s, reflecting social reforms that helped give women rights and privileges formerly held by men. In its challenge to the male-dominated traditions of modern art, feminist art was one of the most important manifestations of what would be defined as postmodern or contemporary art—with its significant priorities placed on gender, race, and ethnicity. Feminist art reflected institutional and market recognition of the importance of art made by women—both in the present and in the past. Feminist art was defined by choice of subjects and often by design and media preferences, such as centered forms and textiles. If there is an overriding concern, it is the exploration of the role of women in society. There is, however, no single style in feminist art, which signals new values attached to a pluralistic notion of art history. Realist, expressionist, abstract, and conceptual styles have been used by feminist artists to communicate their private feelings of what it is to be a woman.