Now on view at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, until September 30th, 2015.
Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today considers the important contributions of women to modernism in postwar visual culture. In the 1950s and 60s, an era when painting, sculpture, and architecture were dominated by men, women had considerable impact in alternative materials such as textiles, ceramics, and metals. Largely unexamined in major art historical surveys, either due to their gender or choice of materials, these pioneering women achieved success and international recognition, establishing a model of professional identity for future generations of women.
(Photo above: Gabriel A. Maher, DE___SIGN (video), 2014, courtesy of the artist)
We had the chance to spend time with Jennifer Scanlan, co-curator for the exhibit “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today”, and ask her few questions.
WD: Why and how did you decide to focus on Women?
J.S.: The initial idea to focus on women came from my co-curator, Ezra Shales. He was doing research on women ceramists and noticed that the midcentury period had offered opportunities to women as teachers and designers that were unparalleled before, and to a certain extent, since. This led us to look at what women were accomplishing in fields and materials that have largely been left out, or have been included only on the periphery of traditional examinations of the history of design, including ceramics, textiles, and fine metalwork. More