SHE: Images of Female Power from the Collection

August 20, 2016 – April 2, 2017


What does female power look like? What are our twenty-first-century expectations about its appearance? Art objects from diverse cultures and time periods have continually shaped and formed the idea of goddess, mother, queen, and sister.

Works by Ana Mendieta, Elizabeth Catlett, Lorraine O’Grady, Norma Minkowitz, Mario Carreño, and others offer perspectives on female power through the lenses of history, belief, and personal experience. Each was created for a specific purpose. Each expresses ideas about female strength. Linking all is an invitation to imagine ourselves in various visual forms.

Norma Minkowitz, American, born 1937, Goodbye Goddess, 2003, Paint and resin on fiber, The Costume & Textile Purchase Fund, 2004.10.1


Mario Carreño, Cuban active in Chile, 1913-1999, Venus and the Fisherman, 1940, Oil on canvas, Gift of Miss Mary Lewis through the Council of Inter-American Cooperation, 1947.105


Elizabeth Catlett, American, 1915-2012, Seated Woman, 1993, Yellow onyx, The Henry D. Miller Fund, 1993.20