American Abstract Artists was founded in the disorder of Great Depression America and was established at a time when museums and galleries were conservative in their offerings and exhibitions. Women artists were instrumental in establishing AAA’s mission within the art community. Gender objectivity was highly unusual at the time; today, the group’s membership, a nearly even split, remains remarkable within the contemporary art world.
Blurring Boundries: Continuity to Change — The Women of AAA 1936 to 2018. features 45 works by these inspiring artists. They are being shown at the Clara M. Eagle Main Gallery, located on the campus of Murray State University, through November 1, 2018.
Past and present merge in Blurring Boundaries. In the first exhibition dedicated exclusively to the intergenerational group of women artists of American Abstract Artists, the exhibition traces the history of AAA’s female founding members through present-day artists.
The exhibition highlights approximately 45 works, emphasizing each artist’s approach to central tenets of abstraction - composition, color, content and material. Included are well-known founders and early members Perle Fine, Esphyr Slobodkina, Gertrude Greene, Alice Trumbull Mason and I. Rice Pereira, alongside a cast of contemporary makers Sharon Brant, Merrill Wagner, Cecily Kahn and Alice Adams.
Blurring Boundaries reveals the slips and shifts that can be found through the lens of abstraction; mediums merge, space and time coexist, and social lines and constructs dissolve. Blurring Boundaries surveys the work of women artists working within AAA from the group’s founding through today. Composition, color, content, and material are formal considerations that afford narrative pathways through which these remarkably diverse works can be explored.
Women within AAA had a remarkably active history and generative relationship from the group’s founding, without being dismissed outright on the basis of gender. Pure abstraction gave women a freedom they did not have when painting representationally. Abstraction did not suggest the same repressive signifiers, especially in an era when art critics were still surprised by women’s ability to create strong artwork.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 8am - 4:30pm., with extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 8pm. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information please contact 270.809.6734.