Marcia Hafif “From the day a woman…”

Fergus McCaffrey (514 W 26th St.)

poster for Marcia Hafif “From the day a woman…”
[Image: Marcia Hafif "Schoolroom" (1976/2021) (detail), Fergus McCaffrey, New York]

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Spanning the first and second floors of Fergus McCaffrey’s New York location, Marcia Hafif: From the day a woman… is a survey of the artist’s explicit—and often overlooked—work, presenting a counter argument to the pervasive narrative that regards Marcia Hafif (b. Pomona, CA, 1929–2018) as a predominantly monochromatic painter.

The exhibition gathers previously seen and unseen paintings, texts, drawings, ephemera, and constructions and offers a reconsidered view of the artist’s conceptually framed but corporeally liberated and sensuously tactile oeuvre. From the day a woman… is in-depth exploration into the lesser known sides of the artist’s practice, chronicling her synthetic development of an alternative discourse of gender and femininity.

Marcia Hafif’s (b. Pomona, CA, 1929–2018) explicit—and often overlooked—work inaugurates a phase of liberating “synthesized” abstraction that dually deconstructs the narrative of art history and that of Marcia Hafif as a predominantly monochromatic painter. Indeed, Hafif herself rejected her identification with the branding of minimalism, an ideology she derided as “the primacy of the one, the icon, the (patriarchal) singularity of the Pure, the Absolute.”



from September 09, 2021 to October 23, 2021


Marcia Hafif

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