'The Great Mother' / 'La Grande Madre' in Milan
This is a spectacular show in Milan. Poorly documented on the web sites -- though there is a catalog and an extensive free booklet with information about each artist. I scanned the list of artists -- quite an assembling, including (thinking local) Nancy Spero, Ida Applebroog, Kara Walker, Carolee Schneemann, Nicole Eisenman, Eva Hesse, Joan Jonas, Lorraine O'Grady, Ana Mendieta, Lee Miller, Alice Neel, Elaine Sturtevant, and Hannah Wilke. In the context of Duchamp, Taeuber-Arp, Varo, Züfn, Ernst, Kahllo, Hoch, Picabia, Tanning. Notable here -- artworks by Mina Loy -- as far as I know only shown before in NY (I posted images on lines years back) and Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven. All contrasted with the ornate backdrop of the palace. The one seriously false note -- a Jeff Koons silver bunny in its own room. When so many international museums show slight variations on the same artists, with some local artists added if we are lucky, this is a grand departure. The title does an injustice to the show -- it seems to be a way of getting the show under the umbrella of Milano Expo 2015 -- but it is really a show of mostly feminist art by mostly women artist, where the "mother" theme is present but not central.
Le Grande Madre, Palazzo Reale, Piazza Duomo 12, Milan
August 26 - November 15, 2015:
"Through the work of more than a hundred international artists, The Great Mother, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, traces a history of women's empowerment, chronicling gender struggles, sexual politics, and clashes between tradition and emancipation, from early avant-garde movements to the present."