“Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection” Exhibition

Brooklyn Museum

poster for “Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection” Exhibition
[Image: M. Lourdes Grobet "Untitled (Cactus Painted Red/Yellow)" (circa 1986) Silver dye bleach photograph (Cibachrome), 7 11/16 × 7 3/4 in. (19.5 × 19.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Gift of Marcuse Pfeifer © Maria de Lourdes Grobet. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)]

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Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection presents more than sixty works from across the Brooklyn Museum’s diverse collection. The exhibition features artworks that have historically been seen as “out of place” in major museums-because of the artist’s identity or their unorthodox approach to materials and subjects-and examines how artists can transform long-held cultural assumptions. Following the 2018 exhibition Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection, Out of Place also explores collection works anew through an intersectional feminist framework.

The exhibition is organized around three distinct cultural contexts for making and understanding creativity: the role of museums and galleries, work made outside of the mainstream art world, and a focus on the domestic sphere that connects to feminist critiques of art hierarchies. Forty-four artists are represented in the exhibition, whose practices require a broader and more dynamic view of modern and contemporary art, including Louise Bourgeois, Beverly Buchanan, Chryssa, Thornton Dial, Helen Frankenthaler, Lourdes Grobet, Betye Saar, Judith Scott, Carolee Schneemann, Joan Snyder, and Emmi Whitehorse. Over half the works are on view for the first time, including key collection objects and new acquisitions, such as highlights from the recent Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift of art by Black artists of the American South, and a selection of American quilts.

Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection is curated by Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator, and Carmen Hermo, Associate Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.



from January 24, 2020 to September 13, 2020

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