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Kathy Battista: New York New Wave: The Legacy of Feminist Art @ P•P•O•W

  • P•P•O•W 535 West 22nd Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

Book Launch and Panel Discussion

Thursday, June 27th, 2019 | 6 - 8 pm

P•P•O•W is pleased to invite you to attend a panel discussion about the past, present, and future of feminism and art in conjunction with the recent release of Kathy Battista’s newest publication New York New Wave: The Legacy of Feminist Art. Organized on the occasion of Prunella Clough's exhibition, Blast, the conversation will focus on the history of women artists and their intersections with the canon of art history, the legacy of second-wave feminist artists today, the current popularization of feminism in the mass-media and digital platforms, as well as the trajectory for the movement in the 21st century. Intergenerational artists Betty Tompkins, Martine Gutierrez and Cindy Hinant will give frank accounts of their engagement with feminism, the art world, and how their histories are recorded. Additionally, P•P•O•W co-founder Wendy Olsoff will offer a gallerist's perspective on the market and public reception of feminist art. This discussion will be moderated by the author.

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.


Dr. Kathy Battista is scholar, lecturer, and a curator of exhibitions in museums and galleries, most recently, The Art of Fashion at Fountain House Gallery New York, Escape Attempts at Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, Los Angeles, and E.A.T.: Experiments in Art and Technology at the Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria. She has authored numerous articles and books, including Renegotiating the Body: Feminist Art in 1970s London. Battista is also is co- editing (with fellow Sotheby's Institute NY faculty Bryan Faller) the forthcoming book Creative Legacies: Critical Issues in Artist Estates, for Lund Humphries.

Wendy Olsoff co-founded P•P•O•W alongside Penny Pilkington in the first wave of the East-Village Art Scene in New York City in 1983. Since its inception, the gallery has remained true to its early vision, exhibiting politically and socially conscious contemporary work in all media. An alumna of William Smith College, Olsoff has lectured extensively throughout the United States at universities and museums. In 2012, Olsoff was a recipient of the Visual AIDS Vanguard Award for the gallery's dedication and support of artists in the LGBTQ community and her ongoing leadership in the fight against censorship. She is a founding Charter member of the Feminist Art Council at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum and serves on the Boards of Directors for both the Art Dealers Association of America and Visual AIDS.

In a career spanning five decades, Betty Tompkins (b.1945) has been celebrated and scorned for her provocative feminist iconography. By appropriating imagery created for male self-pleasure, Tompkins has reframed long-held taboos by challenging critical discourses around content, style and scale. In 1973, two significant paintings from her Fuck Paintings series were seized by French customs and, in April 2019, Tompkins’ Instagram account was deleted after she posted an image of a catalog reproduction of Fuck Painting #1, 1969, which is now in the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou. Tompkins’ recent solo exhibitions include Fuck Paintings, etc, J Hammond Projects, London, U.K. (2019); Will She Ever Shut Up?, P•P•O•W (2018); and Betty Tompkins, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland (2018). Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions, including Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (2018); Historias da sexualidade, Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), São Paolo, Brazil (2018); Black Sheep Feminism: The Art of Sexual Politics, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas (2016) and Elles, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011), among others.

Martine Gutierrez (b. 1989) received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. She draws from eclectic media, acting as subject, artist and muse. Through performance, photography and film, Gutierrez documents her personal transformations by embodying various imagined personas. Recent solo exhibitions include Martine Gutierrez: True Story at Boston University Art Gallery and WE & THEM & ME at Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh in North Carolina. Gutierrez’s work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions including the 58th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy; MOTHA and Chris E. Vargas: Consciousness Razing, New Museum, New York, NY; 23 Pairs: Considering Compare and Contrast, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY; and Fast Forward//Rewind, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA. 

Cindy Hinant (b. 1984) is a New York based artist who utilizes video, audio, internet and digital technologies, as well as performance and traditional art mediums in works that reflect on popular representations of femininity. Hinant has had solo and two person exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Interstitial, Joe Sheftel Gallery, and Miguel Abreu Gallery. Her work has been included in group exhibitions and screenings at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Egyptian Modern Art Museum, the North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museo de Arte El Salvador and the Lehnbachhaus Munich. She is the recipient of the Robert D. Beckman Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship, the Edward Albee Visual Artist-in-Residence Fellowship, and the Sheffield International Artist Book Prize.