The Turner Carroll Gallery exhibition Blasfemme emerges as a compelling testament to the profound impact of female artists who, over the last century, have orchestrated transformative disruptions within the art world. The exhibition unfolds as a tapestry of influential figures, drawing attention to their long-overlooked contributions.
The Godmother of Feminist Art, Judy Chicago, assumes a central role in Blasfemme. Her artistic progeny, the “adopted art daughters” Nadya Tolokonnikova, founder of Pvssy Riot, and Caledonia Curry, known as Swoon, join her in this exploration. Renowned for their pioneering work in social practice art, Tolokonnikova’s two-year incarceration in Siberia due to activism and Swoon’s distinction as the inaugural female street artist integrated into museum collections are emblematic of their trailblazing spirit.
The roster of groundbreaking women artists showcased in the exhibition expands further to include luminaries such as Louise Bourgeois, Hung Liu, Kara Walker, Leonora Carrington, Meridel Rubenstein, Kiki Smith, Camille Claudel, Angela Ellsworth, and Monica Lundy. Each of these visionary artists defied societal norms and expectations, collectively forging a path toward a more compassionate and equitable future. Blasfemme stands as a resonant chorus celebrating these artists’ indomitable spirit and enduring impact on the artistic landscape.