SHE: Images of Female Power from the Collection

August 20, 2016 – April 2, 2017


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

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.